Art is The Cure (AITC)

Had a meeting this morning with Rich Simmons and Graham over at the Art is The Cure HQ in Norwood Junction. There studio is awesome, floor to ceiling murals and amazing street art propped up all over the place, as well as covering every possible surface.


Am pleased to be able to announce that 4WD Foundation will be working in partnership with AITC and Ignite on a few youth projects based at AITC HQ this summer. For more info on Art is The Cure watch this short (pretty old school!) video featuring founder Rich Simmons:

Tomorrow Rich will be creating a street piece outside the Opera Gallery prior to featuring alongside the likes of Banksy and D*Face at The Street Art Show, which he has kindly invited me and Goldie to! My first ever art gallery private party invite! Apparently Hugh Grant is on the guest list and there is free champagne…

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Women Are Heroes

An emotive and moving trailer of the film ‘Women are Heroes’ by the infamous French photographer JR who in 2008 traveled to the corners of the world to capture in photo and film the strength, courage and dignity of women who live in areas of conflict. Sorry the first vid is in French, I read French but even if you don’t the imagery is powerful alone.

JR wanted to help women fulfill their need to tell their stories, with the life in their faces and the pain in their hearts.

(Warning: this clip is pretty hard hitting)

JR has been awarded the TED 2011 Prize for his fascinating, innovative photography projects.

The world’s streets and hills are his canvas.

I am in awe of his creativity and his selflessness – to this day he remains anonymous so as to ensure his subjects and their stories are the focus of the public.

Save the Arts in Croydon!

The Clocktower Arts Centre in Croydon along with its Arts Participation programme is facing massive cuts and possible closure in 2011.

The council is considering five options for the future of the Arts Service in Croydon. These options range from keeping everything the same (saving no money) to cutting almost all service functions.

Options 3 and 4 will affect the Arts Participation function AKA “Clocktower arts participation activities for young people, people with learning disabilities, refugees and schools“.

Arts Participation at The Clocktower delivers a range of projects including Club Soda events run by people with learning disabilities, IGNITE arts events run by and for young people, Perpanata a theatre company for young refugees, as well as year round opportunities for local schools to workshop with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre and arts companies.

If Arts Participation in Croydon were cut it would mean: Read more of this post

Calling Amateur Film Makers in Croydon!

Live or work in Croydon? Fancy yourself as an amateur film maker? Enter the I am Here film competition!

As part of the Are We Here? Festival taking place in Croydon this November,  the I am Here film competition provides YOU with the opportunity to showcase your film making talent by recording a short film on your mobile phone or camera about yourself, your surroundings and / or how you are influenced by them.

To enter the competition your edited film must be e-mailed to fq5dbycafypf@m.youtube.com with your Name and 4WD in the file title and it will then automatically be uploaded onto the Are We Here YouTube channel.

Winning films will be picked by a panel of Film, Media and Music industry professionals and be screened at the Croydon Clocktower in an ongoing exhibition.

Are We Here? is organised by Clocktower Arts and is a festival of film, music, theatre and art exploring notions of place and identity set against a backdrop of the massive programme of urban regeneration taking place in Croydon. There is a fantastic programme of live music throughout the month of November, please check out the Facebook page for full details.

STREETFEST 10

HOW GUTTED AM I THAT I MISSED THIS?!

STREET ART, MUSIC (MR HUDSON & TY), SKATING, FASHION, LIVE ART, FILM AND A STREET MARKET…

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United Underground 2

SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Get tickets HERE

Visual Provocation

Fantastically provocative videography.