Hetain Patel and Artangel invite you to join the loudest presentation of our quiet pastimes

Creative Lives is excited to join a network of 13 partnering organisations across the UK, led by Artangel, to assemble an ambitious celebration of everyday creativity and self-expression. The Hobby Cave will present objects that have been lovingly and painstakingly created by people across the UK, around the commitments of daily life. 

From makers and modifiers to collectors and crafters, members of the public are invited to share details of their favourite hobby and be part of this audacious multi-location project.

Take part

If you'd like to submit your favourite hobby to The Hobby Cave, fill out this short form to tell Artangel 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!

To find out more, read the FAQs or contact [email protected].

About the artist

Hetain Patel is an award-winning British-Gujarati artist and filmmaker. The act of making objects by hand has always been close to this artist’s heart. Whether converting his first car into a real life Transformer robot or creating his own Spiderman suit at his kitchen table, a number of his celebrated artworks combine joyful childhood obsessions with serious reflections on identity politics and power dynamics.

The handmade objects he creates in his work are painstakingly produced and tip a nod to the manual labour often carried out by migrants, while their hybridity points towards the new possibilities that emerge when convention is defied. The Hobby Cave is Patel’s most ambitious and far-reaching project to date.


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; 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.