After a year’s hiatus, Secret 7” is back for 2018 and inviting designers and artists to contribute sleeve artwork for a new collection of songs. The charity event, established in 2012 by Kevin King, sees seven tracks by world famous musicians pressed 100 times each to 7” vinyl. Creatives around the world then submit artwork for one of these tracks and the selected artworks are printed as sleeves for each of the records and exhibited in London. The identities of the sleeve creators are kept anonymous until the record is in the buyer’s hands.
In its five years, the event has attracted renowned and respected creatives such as David Shrigley, Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Paul Smith, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, Julian Opie and Peter Blake.
This year’s tracks are: The Clash, I’m Not Down; Eurythmics, I Saved the World Today; Jeff Buckley, Lover, You Should’ve Come Over; Jimi Hendrix, Castles Made of Sand; London Grammar, Help; Manic Street Preachers, No Surface All Feeling; and Primal Scream, Damaged. This will be the first time any of these tracks have been pressed to 7”.
The free exhibition is set to take place from 8 – 24 June 2018 at The Jetty on Greenwich Peninsula, in partnership with Sony Music, Greenwich Peninsula and Squarespace. At the end of the show, all 700 records will be sold for £50 each with profits going to mental health charity Mind.
Creatives have until 24 April 2018 to submit their artwork.