Want to get your hands on one-off pieces by some of the most gifted artists, illustrators, designers and photographers around for only £50? Get yourself down to Secret 7”s, which is on from now until the 1st May at Sonos Studios.
The exhibition has been running yearly since 2009, and the money raised by the sale goes to a different charity each time. This year they are supporting the very worthy Amnesty International.
There are 700 eye-pleasing sleeves in the exhibition. Some of them were chosen from an open submission, some are by great emerging artists, and there are even a few by famous contributors in the mix. You could buy a sleeve by Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Paul Smith, Jenny Holzer, George Hardie, Gavin Turk, Cheryl Dunn, w Noir or Marina Willer.
Each sleeve is an interpretation of a different song, this year the seven chosen tracks are by Chvrches, Etta James, Jack Garratt, The Jam, John Lennon, and Tame Impala. You won’t know which artist created your sleeve, or which track it was inspired by, until you open it (although half the fun is in trying to guess).
Sleeves are sold on the 2nd May on a first-come first-served basis, and queues sometimes get crazy (the longest queue was 36 hours long in 2014!) so make sure you get down well before the 10am opening time.
If you can’t make it down to sale day then check out one of the other events happening before then. Including a sleeping over in the Sonos Studios while listening to the new Max Richter album in it’s eight-hour entirety, your chance to record a track straight to vinyl, and a talk with Tom Vek about how sleeve art might be adapted in the digital age.