is an artist-led initiative, supporting underrepresented artists by providing them with a supported framework to develop their practices with ambition and experimentation at the fore.
Cultivating a supportive environment and concept collaboration, piccalilli aims to bridge a dialogue between artists, audiences, community and place.
Unlike the sister project (IKO), Piccalilli is a permanent space in the basement of wine bar 161 food+drink in Sydenham, South London. Following a similar ethos, the space and programme are centred around the engagement of commissioned artworks, within a specific environment which acknowledges the architecture rather than ignore. Invited artists are supported to research, develop and realise projects over a dedicated period of time.
Piccalilli - a space for rumination, fermentation, a condiment to the upstairs wine bar.
ITS KIND OF HARD TO EXPLAIN (IKO)
is an artist and curatorial collective based in London that has been operating since 2017, collaborating with and commissioning early career artists and writers in the UK on curated group exhibitions, online projects and printed media content. Interested in viewership and challenging how artworks and exhibitions can be engaged with, they fabricate specific framing devices (literal and conceptual) to house the artworks.
Their projects reject the showroom model of presenting pre-made artwork in white rooms, working closely with project participants to collaborate and build projects in line with a collective goal.
In addition to their projects, IKO ask early career writers to create a ‘Deep Dive’ in response to their physical exhibitions. ‘Deep Dive’ is a text focused on creative ways of understanding and unraveling the ideas in IKO projects and extends beyond the press release or review.
Piccalilli/ IKO is run by: