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 a short video introducing the Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition
Our exhibition reimagining how we think about trees and forests returns on 1 August
Watch a moving performance in tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all victims of racial injustice
Watch highlights from the comedian and musician’s 2012 performance
Enjoy this remarkable performance piece, filmed here at Southbank Centre in 2018
How will Coronavirus affect the climate crisis, and what lessons can we learn from it?
Hayward Gallery’s Marie-Charlotte Carrier explores how trees challenge our sense of time
Hear from the artist about how she created her huge, cinematic portrait of a spruce tree
See how the artist created her fairytale-like installation Forêt Palatine entirely from cardboard
Celebrate the legendary musician and composer with archive footage and the words of Anoushka Shankar
Join Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, on a virtual tour of the exhibition
Find out how this artist uses natural materials to deal with big ideas and transform the way we think
Hayward Gallery’s Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson offers his answer
Actors Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee read 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' by Gearóid Mac Lochlain
The artist joins the Hayward Gallery director to discuss her work and recent exhibition
Find out how the artist’s early works shaped her style
The choreographer introduces her new show in this video
A look at the exhibition from Katy Hessel, the woman behind Instagram account, Great Women Artists
Find out about the artist’s use of the contrast between black and white

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