Our Secret Auction Artists: Hayden Kays

Here at Art on a Postcard, we are always so grateful for the extreme generosity of our artists not only for donating a postcard-sized work of art to help us raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust, but for the amount of time that they set aside to support us.

This year we are delighted to be hosting our exhibition at WeWork in Devonshire Square. WeWork provides beautiful, collaborative work spaces offering ambitious businesses the space, community and services they need to thrive. Taking inspiration from WeWork we decided to meet up with some of the 170 artists who kindly donated work to this year’s Secret Auction to discuss their studio spaces and how it influences their practice.

We met with exciting artist Hayden Kays to discover what makes his studio so special.

Artist bio:

Hayden Kays lives and works in Margate and London, UK. In 2016, Kays was asked to create the logo for international refugee charity Help Refugees. Kays has been guest editor of the Arts & Culture section of Hunger magazine. His work hangs alongside Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake on the walls of The Groucho Club as part of their permanent collection, and his first book, ‘Hayden Kays is an Artist’ was published and launched at the Freud Museum in 2013. A selected collection of work from his career to date, this volume has been declared ‘a seriously good-looking book’ by Banksy.

 Image Credit: Tom Beard

Image Credit: Tom Beard

How would you describe your studio?

Pretty dark and cold at the moment, but during the summer it was bliss. The dream is an outdoor studio, but the weather is obviously restrictive in the UK for such dreams.

How does your personal environment effect your creative practise?

Totally. I have to feel comfortable to work. I’m a fairly uncomfortable person, i’m a fidget. I annoy myself with my shuffling and rearranging of clothing.

What makes a good space to create art in?

I’d imagine it was different for everyone. Personally I like working from spaces with a homely feeling. I’d imagine this comes working from my bedroom as a kid. There’s a privacy and comfort you get at home that you just can’t find elsewhere.

View all the works donated to this year’s Secret Auction here.

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