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Art Moves

Date uploaded: September 10, 2014

Bringing together twenty-five ingenious and inventive art vehicles at Queen Eliazabeth Olympic Park on the 21st and 22nd of September, 'Art Moves' offers a unique showcase of mobile architecture and art as part of London’s Open House weekend and the Park’s arts and culture programme.

From a giant travelling seagull, to a bright red theatre for six, a pineapple car and wooden conch, this collection of vehicles selected by invitation and open call, is a visual experience that also prompts further thought into some of society’s most pressing issues such as sustainability, new modes of architecture and transport, and how we interact with one another.

Art Moves was conceived as the culmination of ELMO (East London Mobile Workshop), a year long artist in residence programme, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013. Over the course of 12 months, the ELMO team delivered a programme of arts and crafts workshops from a beautifully converted 1970s Bedford Bus transformed into a roaming artist’s studio. ELMO was developed with the awareness that taking art on the road (or on the water) has been a practice used by artists for decades across the world, as a way of engaging with new audiences and developing new work that could not be shown in a gallery or museum.

In addition to the twenty-five vehicles on show, Art Moves brings together a range of other pioneering artists to discuss their mobile projects and to explore how mobile practices have contributed to culture-led regeneration across the world. The free film and talks programme includes the late Mike Kelley’s ‘Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland’ on The Floating Cinema and talks from internationally renowned artists such as Nils Norman, Walker & Bromwich, and Mexican artist Andres Domene.

Bringing these projects and artists together in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London’s newest and largest public space, marks an important moment to reflect on the role artists have played in both urban and rural areas, and to explore how art can continue contributing to regeneration, community cohesion and ideas for the future.

Art Moves is located in the South Park of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Mandeville Place and is open between 10am and 6pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September. All activities are free. For more information about the event click here or for a detailed map of the Park click here.