On Sat 19th of July Red gallery presents A Fete Worst Than Death - the western half of Rivington Street EC2A will be transformed into a village fete with a twist for this will be ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’. Emerging and established artists bring their own unique contributions to the notion of a village fete and celebrate an important anniversary, which transformed the cultural landscape of Hoxton and Shoreditch.
‘A Fete Worse than Death’, was an anarchic swipe at the notion of a traditional village fete staged in Shoreditch in the summer of 1993. Several artists including Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume manned stalls selling art and provided entertainment, Damien Hirst, and Angus Fairhurst dressed as clowns and produced the first spin paintings at the fete (on sale for £1). In 1994, at his second ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’, which brought 4000 visitors to an area most people never knew existed, Compston, encouraged ‘organised starry-eyed liberation’ whilst allowing anyone the opportunity to experience ‘art of all denominations’.
The 20th-anniversary exhibition of ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’ hosted by Red Gallery, is allowing artists the chance to reclaim the area for a day whilst giving the public a rare opportunity to see and buy early artworks made by the YBA’s before they were famous. There will be a contemporary art exhibition of emerging and established artists connected to the area over the past 20 years as well as original memorabilia from the Fete & Factual Nonsense gallery – sold in aid of the Joshua Compston memorial fund and assisting in raising money for a memorial to be erected in Hoxton Square.
The Fete will run from 12-8pm on Rivington Street on 19th July 2014 with stalls & live performances from noon until midnight in the Red Market & Gallery. The exhibition will continue at the gallery until 31st July 2014. There will be a special evening reception with guest speakers at the Red Gallery on 30th July, to mark the actual day of the 20th anniversary of the Fete.