02 September 2013

Shepard Fairey Talks

The thing that is interesting about Fairey is the mechanism of his career's success. How he integrates his commercial and personal art practice, his influences and his history are the topics of this talk at the Art Center. In the following question and answer session he also comments on his actions in the Hope case.  From March 2012.

"Should art be profitable? Shepard Fairey says yes. The famed L.A. street artists reveals his success and failures -- including the Obama Hope poster -- at Art Center Graphic Design Department's 3x3 lecture series featuring creative entrepreneurs."

Memorabilia: London

66 Norlington Road, Leyton, London E10 6LA
6th July - 15th July 2013
Curated by Carne Griffiths

"What? … Memorabilia – is an exhibition of artwork and found objects inspired by childhood memories. The exhibition will be curated by Carne Griffiths who organised the 100sqft exhibition in 2009, which travelled from London to New Orleans and featured the work of almost 500 artists. The exhibition will form a part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail, guaranteeing good footfall and exposure for involved artists. Memorabilia is primarily designed to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. "

" “We owe so much to GOSH, they saved our little girl, Noemi’s life,” says artist and organiser Carne Griffiths.
“Through their actions my wife Claire and I were inspired to do something positive. We wanted to create a sense of nostalgia with this show, to remind us of our inner child. Hopefully those feelings will raise money for the incredibly important work GOSH does.”

"Last year we were told our beautiful daughter had a condition Known as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, we were told she had a 50% survival chance at birth, Thanks to the amazing care of Gt Ormond Street Hospital, she is now 9 months old, just come off her feeding tube and is getting stronger every day. This exhibition is our way of saying thank you to the people that saved her life, and to the resources that we were fortunate enough to have access to. A minimum of 30% of the work for sale will go to GOSH"

Exhibition Website http://memorabilia2013.wordpress.com/
facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/132833680254471/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/memorabilia2013

Participating artists included Carne Griffiths, Cartrain, Carrie Reichart, Mason Storm, Pure Evil, David Bray, Ben Oakley, Blakkbyrd and many others. To date over £3,400 has been raised.

" Memorabilia's all star cast features artists, David Bray, Chris Cunningham, Ben Slow, Danny O'Connor, Carrie Reichardt, Lewis Bannister, Nigel Cox, Carne Griffiths, Infinity Bunce, David Hensel, Tim Goffe, Julia Colquitt Roach, Ben Oakley, Jewel, Eleanor Bedlow, Gillian Swan, Carlos Martyn Burgos, Mason Storm, Carl Smith, Raj Kaur Phull, Anna Stiles, Nina Farrell, Mark Dickson, Asa Medhurst, Lorna Holdcroft, Louise McNaught, Neil Benjamin, Blair Zaye, Jeff Cox, John Clair, Sarah Carpenter, Lynne Blackburn, Roseanne Artisan, Rachael Berry, Stuart Harris, Francesco Jacobello, Matt Gee, Darth Art, Square Foot, Julie Caves, Kerrie Jane Stritton, Cos Ahmet, Warren Fox, Rachel I'Anson, Natalie Percy, Jonny Burt, Elliott Ashton, Paul Cummings, Maria Slovakova, Cathie Hubert, Amelie Peace, Caroline Zaian, Sarah Jane Whittaker, Orson Kartt, Shaun Davin and many more! "


The Star Walls exhibition curated by Elliot Ashton was included as
The third in the Star Walls trilogy "Star Walls 'Return of the Art' at 'Memorabilia'"

Works are still available for sale at the Memorabilia Online Store

Online Store on Facebook, here

Blakkbyrd at the memorabilia shop
Exhibition Photos: Here

Mostyn Clarke Photos
- (Hanging the show)here
- Part I, Here
- Part II, Here
- Part III, Here


Press: Rachel Berry's report on the Undecided Art Collective Blog with many photos from opening night

Press: Guardian article: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/10514863.Art_that___s_young_at_heart___Memorabilia_exhibition_will_raise_cash_for_Great_Ormond_Street/?ref=fbrec

Press: Wall Street Journal article: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130619-902679.html?mod=wsj_share_facebook

Waltham Forest Guardian

Press: Telegraph http://www.telegraphindia.com/pressrelease/prnw/enuk201306195647_public.html


The surprise appearence of a "Damien Hirst" Spot Painting was a well executed hoax that created a great deal of amusement and excitement.

[photo credits: photos from Carne Griffiths, Mostyn Clark, Rachel Berry and Elliot Ashton]

The photos have disappeared from the site. Testing replacing one.


Donations can be made at Just Giving: http://www.justgiving.com/memorabilia/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=memorabilia&utm_campaign=pfp-share

13 May 2013

Star Walls, Leytonstone


16th May - 9th June

The Stone Space,
E111HG London,
United Kingdom

An exhibition of artwork inspired by the ‘Star Wars’ universe, in honour of Stuart Freeborn, the head special effects make-up artist of Star Wars, who was born in Leytonstone.

Artists taking part in the exhibition include
Elliott Ashton, Sarah Carpenter,
Cristabel Christo, Jeff Cox,
Rupert Greyling, Carne Griffiths
and Maria Slovakova.

The Stone Space website
We are open on Thursday and Friday between 2-6pm,
on Saturdays 12-5pm and Sundays 12-4pm.
You can find us in Church Lane E11 1HG
next to the main entrance for Leytonstone Library.

'Star Walls' will opening its doors on May 16, come along for the opening night!

Facebook Event Page Star Walls


Saturday May 25th will be Star Wars day in Leytonstone, with a full day of events @ Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane.

'The STAR WARS Cantina' .10AM - 1AM
indoor market / Yoda stew / Star Wars cupcakes / Fancy Dress competition / 'Blue Milk' cocktails.

STAR WARS theme indoor market @ 1pm -STAR WARS fancy dress disco @ 8PM  Sat, 25 May, 1:00pm – 11:30pm
To link with Elliot Ashton's STONE space exhibition STAR WALLS
FREE YODA soup!!!

Luna Lounge website


Star Walls @ Artefacto
476 Leytonstone High Road,
London E11 3HN

Event page

An exhibition of Artwork inspired by the 'Star Wars' universe,
´Artefacto Art Design and Tattoo´

There will be a variety of artists showing their work inspired by Star Wars as well as various events over the time of the exhibit.
There will even be a raffle of some Star Wars tattoos and the proceeds will go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital fund as will much of the money raised by the sale of the art in general.
May the Force be with you!

Darth Vader II by Blakkbyrd


Full Article

"“Purely by accident I discovered that Stuart was born in Leytonstone,“ says Elliott, excitement rising in his voice. “There were these stories about how he used to do make-up on himself and he’d ride around Leytonstone on his bike, looking to see if he’d get a reaction from people.

Following that I did an engraving of Yoda for the Leytonstone Arts Trail, as well as an article about Stuart. I was amazed by the number of people who showed an interest, and how few knew he was from Leytonstone.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by how many people have signed up to take part,“ says Elliot.

"There are at least 20 artists, Artefacto Bespoke Tattoo is running an exhibition in conjunction with the Stone Space show, and the Luna Lounge, next to the gallery, will be holding a Star Wars day on May 25, with a Star Wars-themed indoor market and fancy dress disco.

“It’s great, because May 25 will be 36th anniversary of Star Wars, the 33rd anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi.
“We’ll also be running workshops and talks at Leytonstone Library. (call Leytonstone Library on: 020 8496 1190 )"

09 May 2013

The London Police

'It's All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets Hurt'
By The London Police

Stolen Space
The Old Trueman Brewery Brick Lane
10.05.13 - 26.05.13

They're comin' home, They're comin' home, They're comin', TLP is comin' home!
And so it's back to East London again for UK exports: 'The London Police,' for their first solo art show in England since 2009.
This time around, the Amsterdam based lads have themed their show around sports and games... And although they have totally mistimed their sterling effort of jumping on the Olympic bandwagon, the Essex born duo have produced a slick show of considered artworks and designer sport products.

'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt' by The London Police from bob gibson on Vimeo.

Stolen Space

artists website


previously on blakkbyrd, from early days until I left Amsterdam in 2009

January 2006

@ Go Gallery 2006

@ Dutch Masters 2006

Slovenia 2006

With Galo & Logan Hicks 2006

with Galo 2009

In Miami 2007

Streetlab 2007

Melkweg 2007

Mikosa #4 2008

Mikosa Mural 2008

Interview 2009

06 May 2013

CARTRAIN @ Graffik


Press Launch Thursday 16th May
Open 17th May - 30th May
284 Portobello Road, LONDON W10 5TE

Notorious offender of all things art Cartrain returns with a provocative solo show THIS WAY UP. At age 20, Cartrain has been painting his iconic street art on the streets of London since he was 14. His artwork is collected by everyone from the rich & famous to the police officers and judges. In 2008 Damien Hirst attempted to prosecute Cartrain for creating a series of artworks that "infringed" Hirst's copyright. In 2009 Cartrain responded by "borrowing" a packet of pencils from Hirst's "Pharmacy" installation at Tate Britain. Cartrain was later arrested for theft valuing £500,000. His satirical images have been parodied by Royal Mail and influential artists including Mr Brainwash, Gilbert and George, Jamie Reid, and James Cauty. In 2012 Cartrain walked into the House's of Parliament and smoked a spliff during Prime Ministers Questions.

From the east London streets to the markets of Portobello Road Cartrain has left his mark on the city of London. This Way Up is a glimpse into the insights of an urban art legend. Pop culture, conceptual guerrilla performance, and collage based urban memes all play a part in Cartrain's palette. You never know what you expect when Cartrain's is involved.

Cartrain describes his artwork as "random."

284 Portobello Road


previously on Blakkbyrd







On wikipedia


02 May 2013

David Shillinglaw

My Idea of Fun opens on April 26th at
Stolen Space Gallery,
The Old Truman Brewery 
91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL




Closing Day

"SUNDAY IS FUNDAY. To celebrate the end of My Idea Of Fun I will be at Stolen Space Gallery on Sunday 5th May. 1-7pm. drawing, doodling and drinking coffee. come by and say hello and join in the drawing fun. A drawing will be randomly selected at the end of the day and the winner will receive a limited edition KAPOW screen print. All are welcome."

Artists website

Images on Google

on Facebook

on Twitter  


David Shillinglaw - Paradise Fools: Art Exhibition @ Sunshine (Art, Books & Coffee)
Hove, Brighton, UK - Opening 14th September 2012


Gambia article



CAN? An exercise in transplanting the art of the street, and the strands of street art’s associated culture, in to the gallery environment, especially the slightly alien Vyner Street environment, our not so alien, rather uniquely positioned, corner space and our ever open street-level front door.

This time we intend filling our (almost on the street) gallery with art that’s flavoured by the influences of the street, made with the street’s (now traditional?) media – with the narks made with spray cans, the creative use of stencils, the notions of print, pop art, sticker art and such, Can? will partly be about questioning what street art is, questioning if it should be in the gallery by placing it in (and around) a gallery that is very much on a street and just one step off the pavement through an open door.

Street art culture, graphic flavours, spray can marks, stencil work, sticker art, contemporary pop art, recycled and maybe even the strange notion of a paibt brush or two? Can we?

CAN? A busy gallery show at Cultivate, Vyner Street, Opening First Thursday, May 2nd and running until May 21st