There aren’t many opportunities you’ll have to go poking around artists’ studios: sniffing their paintbrushes and jabbing their tools without being forcibly ejected, but Hackney WickEd is an annual – and legitimate – snooper’s paradise. The festival is mainly grounded by open studios and exhibitions but there are also art markets, workshops, live music, performances, and pop-up food-and-drink stalls. Now in its sixth year, the festival weekend gives you excuse to venture over to the mystic creativity hubs that sprawl over Hackney Wick and Fish Island along with tens of thousands of others revellers. It’s a great way to take a peek at local culture as well as established international names, leading to NY Arts Mag calling it “the most vital event of the summer”. Heady words, though when the festival patron Gavin Turk describes it as “a real artist festival” it’s hard to dispute. Especially when this year the artist Rosie Emerson is attempting to break the world record for the largest-ever cyanotype photograph.
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