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    The Mixup

    The Mixup is a global collaboration made of local parts: 41 artists from six cities getting mixed up in each others' creative process. Each artist started a piece of artwork, then a different artist worked on it, then a third artist finished it. In the end we mixed all the 41 pieces of co-created work together and took them on a global tour.

  • Six cities

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    Hosted by Saba Sadr

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    Hosted by Atang Tshikare and Nkuthazo Dyalvane

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    Hosted by Seyhan Musa

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    Hosted by Richard Watkins and Rosie Cooper

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    Hosted by Lara Salmon and MP Knowlton

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    Hosted by Federico Fernández Gärtner

  • The mixing

  • After local shows of local work in all six cities, we brought all the work together for a global tour

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    Stop 1: London

    As part of the UK's oldest visual arts festival, The Mixup was hosted at Lumberjack Coffee in Camberwell in June 2016.

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    Stop 2: Istanbul

    In August 2016 The Mixup came to Istanbul, hosted by Seyhan Musaoglu - where it was Cornucopia magazine's pick of the week.

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    Stop 3: Cape Town

    The Woodstock Foundry

    Rocking Atang Tshikare's studio alongside Cape Town Art Fair in February 2017.

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    Stop 4: Los Angeles

    Third Space, 841 w Washington blvd, Downtown

    October/November 2017 with a Sunday afternoon collaborative workshop as part of the opening on October 15th.

  • The 41 artists

    We were incredibly lucky to have an amazing mix of artists - from internationally established names to fresh emerging talent. For more about the individual artists and links to their solo work, visit the city pages.

    • Beirut | Jamal Saleh, Maleeha El Sadr, Moussa Shabandar, Riham El Ghosseini, Reem Ghaddar and Saba Sadr
    • Cape Town | Alexis Aronson, Andile Dyalvane, Rendani Nemakhavhani, Kaylin Carollisen, Atang Tshikare and Nkuthazo Dyalvane
    • Istanbul | Berkay Buğdanoğlu, Elvan Ekren, Damla Özdemir, Katrinka Nadworny, Göksu Gül, İrem Çetinor and Seyhan Musa
    • London | Amanda Holiday, Claudine O’Sullivan, Erica Parret, Matthew McGuiness, Nick Williamson, Richard Watkins and Rosie Cooper
    • Los Angeles | Christina Mesiti, Christine Wang, Danny Madden, Devin Johnson, Lexis Gomez, Louise Wannier, Patty Metoki and Lara Salmon
    • Medellín | David Londoño, June Juno, Paula Patiño, Santiago Pérez, Sara Serna, Santiago Rodas, Ximena Escobar, and Federico Fernández Gärtner


  • Origins

    The Mixup follows on from The Airmail Project, where 16 artists from 16 countries collaborated by post. The Airmail work travelled a total of 264,000 miles - and we had exhibitions in LA, Beirut, London and Istanbul. When the project finished in 2014, relationships had been formed and conversations started about what would come next.

    The catalyst for both projects is serial collaborator and global host Richard Watkins, but the idea for The Mixup came together in many conversations - notably with Lara Salmon, Andile Dyalvane, Rosie Cooper, Seyhan Musaoglu, Saba Sadr, and Federico Fernández Gärtner - all of whom had been involved in The Airmail Project. Like all collaborations, the project plan didn't stay static - and ideas developed and evolved with key contributions from city hosts MP Knowlton, Atang Tshikare, and Nkuthazo Alexis Dyalvane. A special shout to Robert Ekblom who very nearly had Stokholm as our seventh city.


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