Ever wondered what an Englishman on a mangle laden vintage bicycle looks like? Well look no further than Tom, the gent with the pop up art workshop. The Culture cart is a travelling creative enterprise, bringing the art of lino and woodcut prints to festivals and events around the UK.
Tom set up the Culture Cart in 2011 after proposing the idea to Southwark council as a community engaged artwork project. With his aim to encourage creative engagement through out different communities the bike later came out of necessity; and what a truly wonderful and unique solution it is.
This time we were lucky enough to meet Tom and his traveling workshop at Milton Keynes Arts Centre as part of their Power Plant project, where children were encouraged to embrace the site’s gardens in order to create their own artwork to be printed onto tea towels, napkins and a collective tablecloth.
Lino printing casts me back to secondary school art classes, the smell of turpentine and (as a friend of mine put it) the memory of blood. Thankfully there were no fatalities other than my fingertip, but then I am one of the clumsiest people you’re ever likely to meet. Next time I’ll prepare by turning up with plasters in tow. But the process was easier than I remembered and with Tom’s helpful advice it is definitely something I’d like to try again at home. I feel some Hipster, coffee inspired wall prints coming on!
The centre is holding a collection of workshops which will build towards it’s summer closing party on 29th August where all the art work produced will be shared and celebrated with members of the public. The invite is open to all so feel free to pop along and see our creations.
For anyone interested in getting involved in the Culture Cart experience, Tom is soon to setting up shop at the Ramsgate Festival on August 29th.