The Hobby Cave

Hetain Patel

Across the UK
NOW 23 January 2024 - ongoing
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The Hobby Cave

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‘What are people making across the country, and what does it say about us?’ These are the questions posed by artist Hetain Patel and the catalyst for the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes.

Led by Artangel, The Hobby Cave brings together a network of leading cultural organisations in an audacious celebration of everyday creativity presented in 13 locations across the UK.

The Hobby Cave will present objects that have been lovingly created in private spaces around the commitments of daily life. Unifying each iteration of this expansive and shape-shifting exhibition is a new moving image work created by Patel, showcasing the outstanding creativity and passion that people commit to their hobbies.

To find out more about The Hobby Cave, watch the film below.

Click here to be a part of this ambitious project.

Mapping Our Hobbies

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Hetain Patel invites members of the public to join the Hobby Cave.

Every day, millions of us dedicate time to our favourite hobbies; as a way to express ourselves and be creative. Whether you make it, modify it or collect it, we want to hear from you. Set to be the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes, The Hobby Cave will present objects that have been lovingly created by people across the UK.

Fill out the short form at the link below to tell us a little about yourself, what you do in your spare time and why you do it. We can’t wait to see what you share!

Deadline to submit is 20 March 2024.

About Hetain Patel

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Hetain Patel is an artist whose work challenges reductive categorisations of identity and art. Often rooted in personal experience and those of his immigrant family, Patel’s work invites us to see identity as multi-dimensional and complex, linked as much to what we choose to do, as that which is assigned by birth, heritage, social norms, and conventions.

“Hobbies to me feel like a mini protest against the powers that control our time and tell us what to do and who to be."

Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel is a London-based artist and filmmaker. His films, sculptures, live performances, paintings and photographs have been shown worldwide in galleries, theatres and on iconic public screens, including Piccadilly Circus, London, and Times Square, New York. His works have been presented at the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate.

Patel's work exploring identity and freedom, using choreography, text and popular culture appears in multiple formats and media, intended to reach the widest possible audience. His video and performance work online have been watched over 50 million times, which includes his TED talk of 2013 titled, ‘Who Am I? Think Again’.

Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, is a supported artist at Copperfield, London, a Patron of QUAD, Derby, and a trustee of the Liverpool Biennial. He is the winner of the Film London Jarman Award, 2019, Kino Der Kunst Festival’s Best International Film 2020, and was selected for British Art Show 9, 2021/22. In 2021 Patel received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artist Award, a Henry Moore Foundation Award, declined a British Empire Medal and was a judge on Sky Arts television series, Landmark.

Patel's works are in public and private collections in the UK and internationally, including Tate, British Council, Arts Council England, Government Art Collection, Manchester Art Gallery, M+ Museum Hong Kong, KNMA New Delhi, and Fondazione In Between Art Film, Rome.


Image: (above) Portrait of Hetain Patel, photography by Oliver Parker. (left) Hetain Patel, Fiesta Transformer under construction, 2013, film still.


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Who made this possible?

Commissioned and produced by Artangel.

In partnership with

Factory International, Manchester; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Museum of Making, Derby Museums Trust; National Festival of Making with Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Barnsley Civic; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; CCA Derry~Londonderry; Hospitalfield, Arbroath and Tate St Ives.

Supported by Artangel's Guardian Angels.

With thanks to Creative Lives.

Artangel is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by the private patronage of The Artangel International Circle, Special Angels, and The Company of Angels.