If you are a vinyl enthusiast, or a creative artist, or even better, both, then you have the opportunity to be involved in a project with some of the best creative minds in the World. What is more you will be helping a very good cause.
Mental Health is high up on the agenda, and most of us will either have suffered with mental health issues, or know someone battling with it. The music industry and fans alike have lost some great talents due to mental issues. So the fusion of music and art to aid Mind, the mental health charity, could not be a better match.
Mind is the mental health charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. www.mind.org.uk.
What is exciting about this opportunity is that anyone could be part of it. How? I hear you ask, well read on.
Secret 7” was founded by Kevin King and Jordan Stokes in 2012. Over the past six years, Secret 7” has grown from being a newcomer initiative to a project that has made a huge cultural and charitable impact. Since 2012, it has produced and sold over 3,500 one of a kind records, raising over £175,000 for great causes. Secret 7” is returning to London for its sixth event following a hiatus in 2017. Taking place in June this year, Secret 7” will be transforming their new home at The Jetty on Greenwich Peninsula into a vibrant summer hub with food and drink and a programme of events to be announced in May.
For the uninitiated, the concept is simple: Secret 7” takes seven iconic tracks and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. Hundreds of the world’s leading artists and creatives then create unique sleeve artwork for each record.
All 700 records will go on display in an free exhibition at The Jetty, from 8th June, at the end of which, 24th June, they all go on sale for the uniform price of £50. The catch? The identity of the sleeve designer remains a closely guarded secret until it’s in the buyers hands. Therein lies the secret. All profits from the sale will go to mental health charity Mind.
The tracks for 2018 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
Primal Scream – Damaged
In an exciting development for Secret 7”, this will be the first time that all the selected tracks have been pressed to 7” – news that will be certain to delight the cult following of record collectors and lovers the world over that keenly follow the project.
Secret 7” is open to submissions from anyone. From now until 24th April, anyone can submit their artwork to be considered for the 2018 exhibition. So if this has got your creative juices flowing, for more information on how to submit artwork, head to www.secret-7.com.
Those that make the final selection will find themselves in the company of some of the artistic community’s leading lights. Previous sleeve designers have included the likes of Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Sir Paul Smith, Ai Weiwei, Gilbert & George, David Shrigley, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Julian Opie, Jenny Holzer and Jake & Dinos Chapman. This year’s artist contributors will be revealed in May.
With unrivalled panoramic views of the River Thames, The Jetty is the ideal setting for the new summertime show, providing a unique backdrop for guests to enjoy the exhibition this year. In addition to collaborating with Greenwich Peninsula, Secret 7” will be partnering with Sony Music for the first time in its history. They join fellow partners Squarespace, who will create unique interactive musical and design experiences for the project.