YARDWORKS GLASGOW 2019
YARDWORKS GLASGOW 2019
In May we spent 3 days painting at Scotland’s only street art graffiti festival YARDWORKS in Glasgow alongside 120 other artists. 11,000 members of the public visited SWG3 where the event was held over the weekend and just like every year the sun was shining.
It was great fun painting this mural. Especially the roughed up “rust” background technique, which contrasts the sharp lines of the sketch and the crispness of our isometric cube designs.
Since “Yardworks” first started back in 2017 we haven’t missed an event!
Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to visit us and came to say hello throughout the event and a huge thank you to Gaz Mac, Marriene Vosloo and all the other organisers who make Yardworks so fantastic.
The finished mural can be found at the entrance to the SWG3 building on Eastvale Place.
Spray paint supplied by Kobra Paint.
It all begins with an idea.
Internationally renowned graffiti artist Snub23 is unveiling a giant mural at Village Underground, Shoreditch, promoting Love Music Hate Racism and Stand up to Racism, in the run up to the United Nations Anti-Racism Day demonstrations in the UK and internationally on the March 17th.
Using the Great Eastern Street Wall Gallery, generously donated by Village Underground, one of London’s leading clubs and cultural spaces, Snub23 hopes his art will help drive home the message that music unites, while racism divides.
“Music and solidarity messages go through many movements and we’re reinforcing a strong message that music brings people together. We’re such a multicultural country it’s ridiculous that we have racism,” says Snub23, whose parents took him to demos called by Stand up to Racism’s forerunner, the Anti-Nazi League, and to punk gigs as a child.
After two decades of painting street art, Snub23 describes his work as “hard-hitting, raw, in your face, strong imagery that makes you feel powerful.”
Red Saunders, co-founder of Rock Against Racism, the spiritual and organisational forefather of Love Music Hate Racism, says, “The mural stands on the route of the 80,000-strong march to the first RAR carnival in Victoria Park 40 years ago. Incendiary graphics were at the heart of RAR’s work back then and it is brilliant to see graphic artists standing up to be counted again.”
Village Underground says, “Village Underground loves music and hates racism or bigotry in any form. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support an organisation that recognises the universal power of music to break down barriers and build relationships.”
Love Music Hate Racism Coordinator Lois Browne says the fight against racism has never been more important, and music is back on the front line of the struggle.”
“Love Music Hate Racism is about celebrating the vibrant multicultural and multiracial society we live in. We’ll be doing that on the M17 demo with a big sound system and guest artists appearances.”
“We are facing a massive rise in racism in Britain and across the globe. Migrants and refugees are being scapegoated. EU nationals are used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Anti-Muslim campaigns by the press have led to a dramatic rise in Islamophobic attacks in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester. Institutional racism is seen through deaths in police custody and the tragedy at Grenfell.”
“We have Trump in the USA and in Europe, the rise of the Freedom Party in Austria, Front National in France and AfD in Germany are signs of a resurgence of the far right. Music can help turn back this tide.”
Musicians have always understood their art thrives on diversity. They have always stood firm against efforts to segregate our communities, and their fans have responded. That is why, for example, efforts to marginalise and ghettoise musical forms such as Grime, now the UK’s best-selling genre, have failed.
From Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar to Stormzy, artists have constantly challenged the status quo to ensure that people remain united.
Music is a connector, a cultural fabric that transcends social barriers and LMHR’s aim is to celebrate and defend the vibrant multicultural and multiracial society we live in and enjoy. Spread the message…
photo credit: GUY SMALLMAN
A solo show from SNUB23.
POLYHEDRON: One solid – Many facets.
Show runs from April 2nd to April 30th
PLAY DEAD STUDIO,
131 Highland Road, Southsea,
Portsmouth PO4 9EY
Private view: April 1st from 7pm
I answered a few questions before the show opened for VERY NEARLY ALMOST. See it here and below
With his first big event of the year, cyborg heavy-hitter Snub is treating us to POLYHEDRON, an all-new solo show in Southsea, Portsmouth, between the 2nd and the 30th of April. One of the key themes in the exhibition is to capture demonstrate the scope of the Brighton-based graphic artist, as mentioned when we caught up with him for a quick interview about the new show.
“The name of the show ‘Polyhedron’ means ‘one solid, many facets’, this also fits my artwork. Anyone who follows my work knows I don’t stick to one technique. I sketch, stencil, brush, sticker, paste, craft and paint.” He explained, before warning that this new body of work may not be exactly what his fans normally see. “I guess I’m known for ‘mongrel’ the robot inspired by my childhood comic book hero’s the ABC warriors, he appears in this show but isn’t the main feature.”
The show is held at Play Dead Studios, an uncommon merger between tattoo studio and creative exhibition space. Making the most of the unique venue Snub has created a custom set of 10 tattoo flashes to run alongside the exhibition, each to be inked only once by the artists at Play Dead. “The crossover is perfect for my work.” Snub began, “we already have bookings and think some may even be inked by the time the show opens on Friday. I plan to then frame some of the designs.”
“The shift between me painting a fictional character and it becoming something more solid and real happened couple of years ago. I started to introduce a skull into my robot sketches which led to more realistic looking creatures and people. The difference between human and robot in my sketches blurred and they became one.” This metamorphosis between robotic and biological is demonstrated best in HYBRID, Snub’s self-proclaimed favourite piece from the show, “A brushed acrylic piece. It’s either a human being revealed as a robot or the other way round and it’s about not knowing.”
The most iconic pieces from the show are undoubtedly his formidable garrison of overhead masks in all their mechanised glory. “The masks developed from conversations with good friends and a model maker, it started with a full skull and developed into the masks. Firstly a cardboard prototype which is layered with resin, sculpted and sanded. Then that’s the master for making a cast. This is then used to produce more but these are reinforced with fibreglass.” However he was unwilling to take all of the credit for the pieces, stating, “I’m really happy how they turned out but I can’t claim all the credit in their realisation, without Ed Nottingham they wouldn’t have gotten this far. We have other plans for the future and with these new customs even more ideas have sprung up.”
Especially created for the solo show, Snub has released five blank masks to a group of hand selected artists to bring their signature styles to each cyborg head, although through the variety of artists involved some unexpected results arose. “My Dog Sighs has given his an aged metal effect and realistic eyes, which freaked me out the first time I saw it. Also Aremsee is an artist currently working on the Star Wars movies and has blasted one side of a mask painted with actual stormtrooper paint. Nerd alert! I’ve yet to see Fark’s and Betso’s but I know they’ll be killer.”
The show’s opening night is tonight from 7pm and it runs right up until the end of the month so if you are in the south of the country at any point over April it is definitely worth a look. As well as picking up your one-off Snub inking, a limited run t shirts has also been created to commemorate the event so make sure you head on down there, the more the merrier. “A SNUB army would be glorious.”
Back once again.. the perfect combination of a paint jam and a beer fest in Amsterdam!!
Celebrating the 5th year of PAINT & BEER at the legendary Villa Friekens in Amsterdam.
With a large crew of invited artist in a large indoor and outdoor space.. handcrafted beer and sweet sounds booming all day.. you’d be a fool to miss it.
SATURDAY Main event, Live paint, Beer & Music
@ Villa Friekens, Landsmeerderdijk, North Amsterdam
SUNDAY Live paint
@ Amsterdam North Festival.. details to come
ARTISTS: SNUB, DEFACTO, SINNA ONE, MISHFIT, FOUNDRY, FETCH, LEEKS,NOL, MISS*C, IVES, LUKEDADUKE, HMX, LEMPKE, LASTPLAK CREW, EDO RATH,YATUSABES, DIN DIN, TANK PETROL, MITTENIMWALD, FOUR, PIXIE, 10:GU, DAYO, KYNZ, MARAZZI, DECYCLE, CASHMAN, BOE, OSH, PSYCHONAUTES, WOFOZ, GRAPHDEVILLE, BIMIMONSTERS, OEY, ALIAS, PERSPICERE, TONA, SHMONE AE, SENE AE, ANOPSY, WHOAMY IRONY, CISCOKSL, EINs92, ONER, L.E.T, SNIK, WOOPERHEROE, HA, LN, AFRESH, NARCOZE, R.MORTIMER, BUSTART, DUS, ZARIA, SKATIN, KARMA83, MAREK, SKET, DRIES, MICKEY,JAKE, BERN, EGOIST, KILS, 170, OMIN, STICK, SPASM, FLEM, ROOFLEX
MUSIC: LANCE, BONE, EBOKAI, AUDIO SPRAY, THE BUCKET BOYS BANDS: DAIKAIJU : SURF PUNK ALABAMA – USA
THE BURNERS – NL LIVE SETS: LUCKY GOAT – NL : HYENA – ITALY DJ DE OORZAAK – PLEXAT VJ’S: NUNS WITH GUNS