Cultivate presents Three x Three (Part Seven) – an online art exhibition featuring Julia Maddison, Milly Aburrow and Patricia Figueiredo…

Welcome to the seventh Three x Three show, we’ve brought the Three x Three format back at the end of last year, and now, as part of a new Spring Season of Cultivate online exhibitions here comes Part Seven (part eight and nine will be along in March and April). There’s more words about the show and the artists under the actual art, we need the art to do the talking before anything else. Please take a look at the art first and then if you feel like it, read the editorial and find those vital links and more about the three artists at the foot of the page.  

The Three x Three shows are hopefully very simple, three artists invited to share our space, invited to share space with each other.  This time we invited three people who have featured in quite a few of our recent Cultivate group shows, Julia Maddison, Milly Aburrow and Patricia Figueiredo. Three artists who have been exciting us over the last couple of years (and in Julia’s case pretty much since Cultivate opened twelve years ago, well maybe ten, she missed the first couple of years and the naked red men covered in honey). It is with great pleasure than that we, as Cultivate, present the three of them together in this latest exhibition.

Please do click on an image to enlarge it and to see the whole piece of art, kind of vital that you do that actually, best to click on the first image and then to run the whole slide show. And please do bare in mind our shows are best viewed on a decent sized computer monitor rather than just a small (and somewhat disrespectful) phone. Thank you.


The editorial/Exhibition statement bit…

This, we do believe, is the twenty-eighth carefully curated on-line show from Cultivate and something like 183rd Cultivate exhibition or event in the now eleven and a bit year evolving history of Cultivate (Cultivate turned eleven at the start of this September). Three x Three (Part Seven) is once again an invitation extended to three artists, Julia Maddison  Milly Aburrow and Patricia Figueiredo, to exhibit together, the show is once again curated by Cultivate founders Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall. These Three x Three shows are about artists sharing spaces, artists who we think might compliment each other, or who maybe contradict each other, who may or may not be comfortable bedfellows. These shows are about cross pollination, about space and time shared, about three artists who are currently exciting us.

The first four Three x Three shows happened during our Vyner Street period, a wall each handed over to an artist in our almost triangular shaped East London corner space, artists such as Ben Fenton, My Dog Sighs, Paula MacArthur, Charlie McFarley, the much missed Ish Sahotay and quite a few more. The last physical Three x Three show happened in 2012, the reviving of the format was well overdue, and yes, with Cultivate now being nomadic  this seventh along with last year’s fifth and sixth show, as well as the next ones will be happening on-line.

We like on-line shows, we like that they reach out beyond our London bubble, that artists and viewers from all over the land and indeed the globe can take part in our shows, that we can include artists from North Wales or West Yorkshire or Brazil or San Francisco or Manchester as well as artists from Hackney or Camberwell, we like being more than just a London thing. We intend a full season of Cultivate on-line shows this Spring.

The Artists

Julia Maddison has been dipping her toes in and out of the Cultivate pool for quite some time now, I think Julia first started showing with us at Cultivate somewhere around 2013. A London based artist who has now escaped to the seaside, Julia’s way with a word or two hasn’t stopped exciting us or provoking us or questioning us since that first encounter. Amongst other things, Julia recently co-curated that excellent Mother’s Ruin Exhibition at Three Mills in East London and the last time we saw her (via her various social media feeds) she seemed to be running around the isle of Orkney with a crown on her head, She was threatening a road movie for 2023, she answered our 13 questions back in November last year… 13 QUESTIONS FROM ORGAN: What has artist Julia Maddison made today? What is that white horse doing there?

Milly Aburrow– I can’t quite remember how we found Milly and her rather enticing food now, she might have approached us via a Cultivate open call or she may have passed our way via her social media feeds and her Seduce Me cakes – that’s kind of how it works these days, if you’re out there and pro-active then your art is going to reach people via the various alternative networks that are open and id your art is exciting then people are going to react, somewhere along the way this year Milly’s art caught our eye – her cakes, her bold colour, her language, her visual noise, her everyday things, the art of crisps and ice cream… Milly answers our questions back in Decenber last year – 13 QUESTIONS FROM ORGAN: Milly Aburrow and her uncanny sculptures, her installations of the everyday mundane, her cake and crisps and…

Patricia Figueiredo – Patricia first came to our attention when she made a submission to one of our open calls, we invited her back quite regularly, there’s something about her work, her analogue creativity, her use of colour, the detail, the different ways her pieces can be read, the edge that is sometimes to be found. Patricia describes herself as a “Collage artist based in Brazil”, must ask her where in Brazil? Actually, we really should get her to answer our thirteen questions 


Julia MaddisonInstagram / Facebook / Twitter

Milly AburrowInstagram / Linktree

Patricia FigueiredoInstagram

CultivateWebsite, Facebook, Instagram, Emma Harvey / Sean Worrall

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Coming next? Well the fourth Mixtape group show is on the way in March, so is the next Three x Three show, and we are working on other things, expect more. Melike’s solo show will open on March 21st/

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