Anish Kapoor, Paul Smith, Jeremy Deller, Es Devlin, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jean Jullien, Rob Ryan, Malcolm Garrett, Morag Myerscough, Paul Simonon… the list of super-star creatives lined up for this year’s Secret 7” is so long it’s difficult to say them in one breath without feeling a bit lightheaded. For the uninitiated, the annual exhibition invites a whole host of arty types to design album artwork for one of seven pre-selected tracks, before the 700-strong collection is sold for charity. But – and here’s where the secret bit comes in – bidders have no idea who the cover is by nor which 7” record it contains.
Now it’s sixth incarnation (so long that there are no original 7” gags left: fact), the exhibition this year will be held The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula between 8-23 June. All the proceeds from the records, which are sold for a flat rate of £50 no matter how big the celeb, will go to mental health charity Mind. The creative behind each work is only revealed after money has changed hands.
The tracks inspiring this year’s artists are Lover, I Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley, I’m Not Down by The Clash, I Saved The World Today by Eurythmics, Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix, Help by London Grammar, No Surface All Feeling by Manic Street Preachers, and Primal Scream’s Damaged.
Other creatives involved for 2018 include artist Rana Begum, taxidermist Polly Morgan, photographer Pennie Smith, who shot Clash bassist Paul Simonon (also a participant) smashing his bass for album London Calling, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, illustrators Modern Toss, The Designers Republic, Barnbrook, fashion designer Fred Butler and filmmaker Iain Forsyth. But who did what, well, you’ll just have to try your luck.
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