Secret Garden Party's Secret Arts Foundation YESCollective Art Show

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YESCollective 2012

Secret Arts is proud to present YEScollective as their nomination for 20/12 London Art Now.

YEScollective formed from a group of artist friends promising to always say YES to each other. The word became a positive catalyst to making projects and collaborations happen. Artists and makers Ildiko Buckley and Jane Palmer invite the public to join them in celebrating the power of the word YES - “just think where that word could take you”.

Showcasing twenty of the most innovative contemporary artists at work in London today, the Armsden exhibition presents ‘ones to watch’ as selected by twenty influential and dynamic individuals in the contemporary art sector.

SECRET ARTS FOUNDATION was born from the art curation department of Secret Garden Party. It looks to fund, support and promote artists and art collectives. As befits the roots of the Foundation, it champions art that is interactive in its approach, participatory in its social stance and emotive in its realisation.  As part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of The Festival of Britain in 2011, Secret Arts installed Urban Fox at The Southbank Centre. The foundation works with artists including Sarah Cockings (Is Land Project) and Katie Louise Surridge.

Debuting at Secret Garden Party 2011 as one of fifty-two immersive and interactive art installations on the site, YES was installed on the lake at the centre of the festival. It became a loved, celebrated and much photographed piece. Gently bobbing up and down on the lake it shimmered in the sunlight during the day and glistened in the moonlight at night reinforcing a positive atmosphere and feeling of celebration.

To see YEScollective’s work within the unique heritage setting of Lodge Park would create precisely the sort of visual impact that sums up what Secret Arts work is about.

In the year that sees London mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and host the Olympic Games, 20/12 London Art Now celebrates the very best of London’s emerging artistic talent.  Curated by Armsden, this exhibition explores the work of these rising stars within the unique environment of National Trust property, Lodge Park.  Standing apart from London’s conventional gallery spaces, this rare seventeenth century grandstand in the heart of the Cotswolds offers an inspirational setting in which to look afresh at the presentation and experience of contemporary art today.

Complimented by a day of supplementary talks and discussion, the exhibition will explore contemporary art practice in London today across a variety of mediums, including site-specific installation and outdoor sculpture. 

Client enquiries can be made via Armsden at

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with texts. 

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, nr Cheltenham, GL54 3PP

Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm / Saturday – Sunday 11am - 5pm

Published on 29 September 2012 by Wayne Feltham

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