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 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 Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
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
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
Hayward Gallery stages the first major retrospective of the work of photographer Andreas Gursky
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer as she travels to Jamaica
This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.
One-year on from closing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for essential refurbishment, much has changed behind the hoardings that currently cover these iconic and much-loved venues.
Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways.
This major survey exhibition covered every period of Tracey Emin's career
Pipilotti Rist talks about her exhibition Eyeball Massage

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