Hackney Wicked Festival 2013 opens up art to everyone

This years Hackney Wicked festival proved once again that the Wick is a vibrant and growing place for Arts in the city.

Packed full of artist studios they were opened up over the weekend and the Wick was transformed into a thriving hub as people from far and wide came to soak up the unique atmosphere that this area generates.

Pushed to the forefront of the art scene over recent years, the Wick sits on the cusp of the Olympic Park and for visitors to the recently opened Copper Box section it is just a short distance away. The entrance leading from the Energy Centre of the Park, closed for the period of the games is now one of the main entrances and exits from the Park leading as it does to Hackney Wick station just a short walk away. The recent opening of the park has only helped to bring yet more visitors to this funky part of town.

I had a look round of course to see what was happening. Although I knew that the Wick was a hub of artistic activity I had no idea just how much of the area is taken over to artists studios and the fact that they all opened their doors helped get a good feel for what was happening.

So in order to give you a feel for the ever cool Hackney Wicked festival, as ever here are a few pictures representing the sights of the weekend.

The Lord Napier Pub close to the overground station has received a makeover for the festival

The Lord Napier Pub close to the overground station has received a makeover for the festival

Artist 616 kindly made up a sofa in his distinctive style, it proved popular

Artist 616 kindly made up a sofa in his distinctive style, it proved popular

Fred De Chevaliers paste ups have been appearing all over the place recently.  This one leads to Ben Hoppers studio which was opened up for the weekend

Fred De Chevaliers paste ups have been appearing all over the place recently. This one leads to Ben Hoppers studio which was opened up for the weekend

The Hackney Pearl is always a cool place to hang out

The Hackney Pearl is always a cool place to hang out

Random art high on a building next to the Hackney Pearl

Random art high on a building next to the Hackney Pearl

A number of studios back on to the canal.  They were opened up and a lot of wares were being sold from the barges that line the canal

A number of studios back on to the canal. They were opened up and a lot of wares were being sold from the barges that line the canal

Anna Laurini has a studio in the Wick and this too was opened up

Anna Laurini has a studio in the Wick and this too was opened up

Essentially a series of warehouses, the Wick has quite an individual feel

Essentially a series of warehouses, the Wick has quite an individual feel

At the back of the Crate Brewery there were stalls and music.

At the back of the Crate Brewery there were stalls and music.

From the Crate Brewery the Olympic Stadium can just be seen.  It's now easy to walk from the Wick via this footbridge to the Olympic Park

From the Crate Brewery the Olympic Stadium can just be seen. It’s now easy to walk from the Wick via this footbridge to the Olympic Park

Paul Insect sticker on the towpath of the Lea Navigation with the park in the background

Paul Insect sticker on the towpath of the Lea Navigation with the park in the background

Fred de Chevalier again on the towpath

Fred de Chevalier again on the towpath

Colourful chairs on the banks of the Hertford Union Canal which separates the Wick from Fish Island

Colourful chairs on the banks of the Hertford Union Canal which separates the Wick from Fish Island

The barges of the Hertford Union Canal leading to Victoria Park

The barges of the Hertford Union Canal leading to Victoria Park

In one of the warehouses on Fish Island this piece from Binty Bint was spotted

In one of the warehouses on Fish Island this piece from Binty Bint was spotted

Neoh, known for his ballerinas had a number of images in the same building

Neoh, known for his ballerinas had a number of images in the same building

Just off Stour Lane some artists were exploring the concept of community.  This piece included a tin of Spam

Just off Stour Lane some artists were exploring the concept of community. This piece included a tin of Spam

Painting a barge on the canalside

Painting a barge on the canalside

Some Sweet Toof on some waste ground

Some Sweet Toof on some waste ground

Bream Street is becoming a real must see for street art

Bream Street is becoming a real must see for street art

Josh Jeavons is based in the area and has been using the Bream Street wall as a canvas

Josh Jeavons is based in the area and has been using the Bream Street wall as a canvas

Edwin has also been putting his mark on the area and his studio backs onto Bream Street

Edwin has also been putting his mark on the area and his studio backs onto Bream Street

Jimmy C added his mark alongside Alex Senna

Jimmy C added his mark alongside Alex Senna

Alo, Senna, Jimmy C and Edwin on Bream Street

Alo, Senna, Jimmy C and Edwin on Bream Street

In the yard of the studio behind the Bream Street wall

In the yard of the studio behind the Bream Street wall

In the little nooks and cranny's random creations like this can be seen

In the little nooks and cranny’s random creations like this can be seen

An interesting sink seen inside one of the studios on Fish Island

An interesting sink seen inside one of the studios on Fish Island

Ben Slow's portrait on Stour Road is still going strong.

Ben Slow’s portrait on Stour Road is still going strong.

For more Inspiring City posts about the area try :

A Street Art Tour of Hackney Wick and Fish Island