TAA London - 17-21 November - flyer image

Temporary Autonomous Art – London
17-21 November 2015 @ Crows Nest gallery

Open-access art explosion with gallery space alongside
performance | music | film | talks | workshops

Free entry (donations appreciated)
Opening hours – 17:00-23:00 (Tues-Thurs) and 12:00-23:00 (Fri-Sat)
Crows Nest gallery, 3-5 Crowthorne Road, London W10 6RP

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TAA exhibitions are creative spaces that are organised and constructed by the artists themselves. They operate under an open-access policy, meaning everyone is free to exhibit their work or perform. Time-honoured art forms sit comfortably amongst digital work, sculptures, installations, films, performance and music. We encourage artists and audience to find their own level of creative involvement and believe that all of our voices are equally important.

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The gallery is open throughout and will feature work by random artists. Over 100 artists are contributing to the show as a whole!

Our evening entertainment programme from 8pm each day:

Tuesday – Opening night mash-up

We have some short films and a talk by people from the ART in the Jungle project which is taking place in Calais.
Please bring any spare art materials to donate to the project).

We have live music from the wonderful Efa Supertramp inna folk-punk stylee, a co-organiser of the TAA Cardiff event earlier in the year.

We have a cabaret performance from the amazing Carmen Mon Oxide.

A dazzling Audio-Visual liveset from Bitvert.

Wednesday – Spoken word

The Spoken Word has always been an interesting part of TAA. It's just like the art, but with tongues. This year we have a stellar line-up already confirmed and there's still (just) space to rock up with a poem in your back pocket and blow us all away with it.

Katy Baird is coming to TAA hot off the back of her sell out show at the Barbican. Becky Fury is a hilarious punk-poet who has had several successful runs from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Rich Mix Toilet. Liv Wynter's anarchic exploration of language, rap and poetry has seen her debut on DON'T FLOP tip Youtube into a total meltdown, and will soon be seen at the Royal Academy of Arts. Dawn Jennings is from reel rebels radio and an old school play-worker poet. Roger Huddle uses revolutionary poetry for revolutionary purposes and is, quite frankly, a revelation. Travis Alabanza has had work anthologised and is a Barbican Young Poet. And Big Mouth Mina...? Well, she don't need introducing.

There will also be an open mic slot, so get there early to register interest!

Thursday – Film night

We have well over 4 hours of amazing work being screened from 5pm onwards. Expect Short Films, Documentaries, Music Promos, Audio Visual treatments, a short feature and some adult rated pieces to finish.

Friday – Live performance

This Friday night you are invited to question the Agender, at TAA Cabaret. A collective of underground performers will help you sniff and rifle through the dirty laundry of contemporary London life. Over the washing through-line of politics, immigration, gender bending, gentrification, squatting, rave, hope, fear and skid marks.

You will be met by Sir Real Inastate, your estate agent for the evening. He will take you on the gentrification game, visiting 12 hot investment properties and their strange and fascinating inhabitants. Viewing and meeting each of the talented hosts this Friday is free. Hurry though as the For Sale sign outside London is about to be changed forever to simply Sold Out. Remember home is where the bank balance is.

A high return assured on your initial time investment, as the inhabitants will perform a variety of clowning, live art, shadow theatre, aerial drag and extreme burlesque, all to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. The viewings will start at 7pm and finish at 11pm. Don't miss this night of provocative and thought-provoking entertainment, guaranteed to get you questioning the property ladder of life.

Saturday – Live music

We start the day off with an electronic music take-over from Crux Audio-Visual happening in the performance space from 12-6pm:
12-2pm – Family-friendly interactive jam station open to all
2-4pm – Crux jam session and workshops with:
Dave Stitch
Marcello Ruggiu
Louise +1
4-6pm – Livesets and live visuals from:
Dan Hekate
Lorenzo Villa

This is a meeting space to learn, experiment, collaborate and be entertained...
For more information on the Crux event at TAA:

From 8pm we have live bands brought to you by Music Day UK:

Recording in the bedrooms they happen to wake up in, childhood friends Bugeye are a riot grrrl/boyee band from the East of London that have met later in life in a car crash of coincidence. Expect disco-punk with a splash of panache.

Bad Fractals
Join us at the crossroads, in a theatre of the absurd….
Hear Story & Song shift with the wild unpredictability of FRACTALS!
Watch psychedelic punks get drunk with clown kings!
Glare at artificial angels dancing with deadbeat demons!
Gasp as Astral Travellers gather in galactic taverns and Shaman Gangsters shoot bullets of LOVE!
Listen as Spirits sing and scream through Acid Blues, Gypsy Soul and… Trash ‘n Roll

52 Commercial Road
Having been part of the underground scene in London for a decade or more, a journey which has brought their style of instrumental rock from movie premieres to benefit parties and everything in between, '52 Commercial Road' are soon to return with their 4th studio album set for release in February. With the record in its final phase of production, the band will be performing these tracks live.

Throughout the week we have a number of different talks, discussions and practical workshops:

Tues, 8pm. ART in the Jungle – talk and presentation from the art project in the Calais 'jungle'.

Thurs, 6pm. Minesweeper comic workshop. [rescheduled]

Fri, 4pm. Body casting workshop.
Fri, 6pm. Minesweeper screen-printing workshop.
Fri, 7pm. Talk and discussion about the Fuck Parade series of events.

Sat, 2pm. Printmaking/Cardmaking workshop
Sat, 4pm. Jewellery making workshop.
Sat, 6pm. A representative of Respace Projects (organisers of The Hive) talk about their project and recent conference.
Sat, 7pm. Future of TAA discussion.

Come down and get involved!

In some cases we will be accepting work up to and during the event so we are unable to provide a complete programme; though one will be drafted up and published closer to the event. We are looking for contributions to all aspects of the event: gallery, evening programmes, talks/workshops and general crew. Email: london@taaexhibitions.org


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What is a TAA?

TAAs are a riot of colour that is fully-inclusive and accessible to all. This not only opens the doors to a no-cost space to exhibit within but also encourages first-timers and the artist within us all. All contributions are welcome (space permitting) so please get in touch if you want to get involved. We also need crew, invigilation staff and general help before and during the event.

The birth-place of TAA was in squatted venues in London and for the first time we instead host the event in a legal space in order to better focus on the art. We will be hosted in a space reclaimed for artistic use by the charity Artcore. We intend for this extra transparency in our activities to bring in fresh blood and to use this shift as a pivotal point in discussions about the future of these events and free-space in general.

We will be continuing the open-access nature of a TAA event and are calling out to artists and creative beings to come forward and contribute to all aspects of the event. We want photography, painting, mixed media and sculpture for the gallery space which will be open throughout. We also want contributions for each evenings entertainment - the opening night mash-up, spoken word, short films, live performance and live music. 


Pic from previous London TAA

Extra info

Space is very limited so please get in touch via london@taaexhibitions.org and let us know what you want to do. The event is free entry and so we do not cover any artist expenses. If you wish to enter work into the show then we ask that you also consider invigilating the space during opening hours and help with the installation and de-rig.

Click here for directions to the venue
Nearest tube station is Latimer Road or Ladbroke Grove (Circle/Hammersmith & City lines). Buses 295, 316 stop nearby. If driving is a necessity then please use the car park for the leisure centre as no street-parking is available on Crowthorne Road.

Kids welcome, but ideally leave dogs at home or please keep them on a lead at all times.

Disclaimer alert: Please note that unlike some of the previous TAA events we are being hosted in someone else's space. We will not be able dramatically alter the building itself and need to restore it to its original state post-event. We sadly are also unable to house anyone in the space. We do not have any crew space and there is literally no street-parking available outside. We advise that you use public transport and plan to catch the last tube.

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