Help Wells Fund its Next Projects!
Help Wells Projects fund:
- a pop-up programme in Westminster that includes an ambitious series of events, with graduates from the Slade, RCA and Goldsmiths as well as dancers, a queer theatre space and creative workshops
- a mental wellbeing project with the Wetland Centre in Barnes
- a cooking show video series with artists
- a new project space to exist
The Artesian Well, our iconic home for the last three years has been gutted. The space was a marvel of weirdness and wonder. Designed by the artist Rudy Weller, we inherited this three story dilapidated nightclub in 2018. Our art space was born in this gaudy, glitzy, glitter-ball oddness. From the gem-like stained glass to the mushrooms on the walls, the Artesian Well was a special place of experimentation, questionable taste and inclusivity.
During our time there, the space was allowed by our owners to fall into total disrepair until it was almost uninhabitable. Finally, last week the golden merman that reached out into Wandsworth Road was taken away in a truck full of rubble.
Wells Projects has run on a shoestring budget for four years, but we have a core team working hard to make this work! We decided early that we would not resort to charging artists to host their events or visitors upon entry. Spaces in London are so few and free space is even rarer. We believe that spaces, such as the Wells, are essential for London’s art scene because they demand no financial bar, allowing local, lower income artists, working class voices, collaborations, experimentation and coincidences to be embraced and encouraged. We believe that communities are generative. We believe support is essential to the process. We believe in total inclusion!
We pledge to keep the spirit of this place alive. Whilst councils, developers and moneymen saw no value in a seedy old nightclub, we saw a treasure trove. With over 200 artists in over 25 projects involved and ties to the local community, Wells Projects wants to keep up this momentum to offer recent graduates and emerging artists the opportunity to be experimental, to collaborate and to grow. We also want to continue our support of the community, of artists who face barriers into the art world and of those dealing with mental health conditions.
Please help us continue our work by donating any amount possible!
Any large donations (over £50) will be compensated with tickets to the Wardrobe Project’s amazing cabaret night, which will be part of our upcoming project series at Westminster, artist- designed t-shirts, handmade zines and other merch.
The incredible artists in London deserve a chance to have their say, in a hostile time and a hostile city platforming, supporting and listening to these voices has never been more important.
Big big love and stay tuned art fans xxx