This year’s Hammersmith Arts Fest (June 2-10th) has a brand new location bringing a whole host of art. It’s a former office block right on the embankment that is used for art Pop Ups by a charity – www.uthinkpdp.org.uk who are mounting an exhibition called “Uthink therefore Uart” which includes painting, sculpture, Virtual Reality art, installations and performances.
U think offers cheap studio space, workshops and exhibitions to artists – of all disciplines – from various creative ‘hubs’ it runs up and down the country.
In its current residency at Hammersmith the charity has built up a stable of 18 “Artists in Residence” including painters, musicians and music producers. Nailla Hazell is one, “There’s a fantastic creative atmosphere here, the view’s great and it peaceful, friendly and it doesn’t cost a fortune”
Another long-term resident artist is globally re-known graffiti and spray artist Mr Cenz who became expert in the art form in 1988 when he first discovered hip-hop culture.
The charity also performs for the community sector – their building hosted the launch of the Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation and held a Palestinian Carnival “Palestine on the Thames” attended by The Ambassador Manuel Hassassian and Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter who said “This space would otherwise be empty, I admire the way Uthink are using it for community events, I have been to 2 in the short time they’ve been here”
Art Fest’s chair Petrea Owens said “ the Riverside building not only offers artists in the borough to exhibit their work but also a space for the community to enjoy a diverse range of arts.
Uthink’s building, Riverside, is officially on Manbre Rd W69WA. For the Arts Fest they will be opening 10am till 8pm – though a little later on some nights, like Sunday June 3 when The Basement Door – a charity helping young people want to work in the music business are staging a whole evening of young bands and Weds 6th when a-Capella group KT6 will be giving a concert.