Since 2012 I have been working with Wahaca, UK specialists in Mexican street food on an arts programme for each of their new spaces. My work for them is partly a curation role, by introducing to them to interesting street artists from around the world and matching the right artist to a particular space or project. This can involve planning with architects, artist liaison, production and documentation.
I suggest artists for each site based on layout or themes that the architects are working with or that the site suggests. For example in their Covent Garden space they wanted someone who might work in three-dimensions – so we ended up choosing to work with French artist Nelio to create beautiful murals that were made in relief using wood including recycled materials.
In Waterloo the brief was to match an artist that could work with coloured rope/thread to compliment a theme developed by the architects Softroom and in this case we worked another French artist the excellent Sebastien Preschoux who produced a colourful thread installation and hand-painted murals.
So far we have produced original artworks at the following sites: Covent Garden, White City, Great Portland St, Atlantic Avenue – Brixton, Islington, Waterloo, One New Change, Wimbledon and twice at Wahaca Southbank Experiment (see Wahaca TV youtube channel). Outside London the list continues with work for Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton.