James Lavelle's Meltdown

Musical and artistic innovator James Lavelle curate the 21st Meltdown in 2014, following in the footsteps of some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker.

Combining creative entrepreneurship with a radical artistic approach, James’ genre-defying portfolio spans music, art, fashion, design and film, and as part of his groundbreaking work with UNKLE, boasts acclaimed musical collaborations with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and Thom Yorke.

Collaboration, innovation and a spirit of non-conformism are central to his approach. James worked with young people to curate the programme, meaning that this very special Meltdown in line with his commitment to mobilising the next generation to become the inventors of their own culture.

Mo’Wax inspires a new generation

Both Meltdown and James Lavelle’s iconic label Mo’Wax turned 21 in 2014,  and as part of the festival, Mo’Wax21: Urban Archaeology, an interactive exhibition devised with Southbank Centre as part of the festival, celebrated the creative output of the label James launched as a teenager.

Doug Foster's installation No Beginning, No End in the Clore Ballroom, featured five cyclical artworks and UNKLE's The Heretics' Gate soundtrack. 

Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s immersive installations, Via Negativa II (2014)
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul
Find out more about Lee Bul’s iconic cyborgs
Have you noticed the bright new flags fluttering from Royal Festival Hall?
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s early performances
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Find out more about Tokyo (2017), one of Gursky’s most recent works
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video
Find out more about this image depicting North Korea’s Mass Games
Find out more about Utah (2017), a new work based on a mobile phone photograph
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor

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