TB&TC owe a huge debt of thanks to West Sussex building contractor Cheesmur, for donating the materials to build the ‘Paint Box’ installation – an 8ft x 24 ft squared wood and metal structure – for some of our artists to go at. As our central showcase installation, this will be built and housed in Jubilee Square in central Brighton over the weekend of 8/9 May. Just two of the artists you will be able to see painting this will be Pinky and Matt Sewell and as they know each other’s styles inside out, whatever they have planned we know it’s going to be fresh. Director of Cheesmur Steve Hayman, said: “As a Brighton-based contractor we are keen to support the local community and are delighted to be able to support Shelter, which offers a positive alignment with our housing work and projects.” TB&TC can’t thank Cheesmur enough and anyone wanting to watch some amazing talent at work should make make it to this LOCATION from 11 AM onwards on both days. See you there!
Archive for April, 2010
Hands up if you’re down with Req! In some respects, Brighton graffiti artist/producer Req embodies the clichés of British underground club music: no formal musical training whatsoever; a youth spent tagging, DJing and breakdancing in the wake of the first wave of hip-hop culture to hit the U.K. A knack for pushing artistic sensibilities to their breaking point and coming up with exciting new directions, Req’s art is no different from his music (as heard in the TB&TC film) and has smartly sidled into the classical. Heralded for his beautifully painted ‘soft’ nudes – which if an aging Monet had painted using Molotow is what his work would have looked like – Req stands alone. Get down to Brighton for 8/9 May and see something special. Licensed to paint sites up soon. Like Req’s canvases we want to keep you hanging and yes his art will be for sale!
Brighton-based TB&TC artist Martin Middleton has run the Artscape project in the city which works and engages with different community groups to transform urban spaces. Projects range from large murals to 3-D sculpture and his transformed telephone junction boxes have become synonymous with Brighton. Wooster Collective posted some of his work on their blog today but failed to give him a name check so we thought we’d do it for them. See the Wooster Collective piece HERE.
Here are the TB&TC Tee-shirts which will be on sale to raise money for our charity of choice, Shelter. Designed by SNUB 23, Hutch and Funky Red Dog, and printed on finest Fruit of the Loom shmutter, they will be on sale at the TB&TC pop-up gallery at Myhotel on 8/9 May. Limited to 50 of each they are a steal at just £15 each, with £10 from every sale going directly to Shelter. If you can’t wait until the show then get over to the Shelter shop on Western Road where they have an advanced consignment of just 30. They won’t be there for long.
Shuby and Funky Red Dog had the perfect day yesterday to pimp Brighton’s Shelter shop on Western Road. The window display is there to help promote the limited edition Tee-shirts designed by SNUB 23, Hutch and Funky Red Dog for this year’s TB&TC. Shelter have the first advanced consignment of just 30 so anyone wanting to get their hands on them will have to be quick because they won’t be there for long and all sales go directly to the Shelter shop. We will be selling the remaining 120 Tee’s at Myhotel over the weekend of 8/9 May. The combination of dancing girls and posing dogs definitely caused a stir and turned heads. We’d like to thank Allen Sharratt, the store manager for all of his help and supplying laughs on the day.
After a week of flight failures bookended by a Gumball Ralley drive to Munich and back, we’re pleased to announce that TB&TC have returned to Brighton. Before we left, Friday 14th saw us present to the Brighton & Hove Business Lunch Club organized and hosted by Tim Cobb of Cobb PR, who we owe a huge thanks to. Given the charity lunch time spot, we presented to Brighton businesses the value of street art and the benefit TB&TC is offering our charity of choice, Shelter. Hutch gave a masterclass in stenciling, painting before the group and then offered this piece up for auction. TB&TC would like to thank all the companies present for their contributions and raising a total of £575 for Shelter. Our thanks goes out to Hutch and also to the winner who then presented the artwork up for sale again to raise extra funds for our charity. So this piece entitled Jesus Bomber is up for grabs to the first buyer over 8/9 May.
This year at TB&TC we have some big walls that ladders just aren’t going to reach! So expect to see some of the artists working at height. Some will be on scaffold and towers and one wall in particular is going to need something entirely different! So, with more than 60 different types of specialized equipment, enter our good friends Facelift. In their 25th year, Facelift are one of the premier powered access platform and cherry picker hire specialists in the UK and they have very kindly donated us some equipment to get the job done. If that wasn’t enough they are also going to train two of the TB&TC artists to use the equipment safely at their Hickstead HQ Training Centre and give them official IPAF accreditation. Facelift are not only known for their extensive range of equipment, customer service and safety training record but for their all round excellence. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Managing Director Gordon Leicester for his huge generosity and help.
Big Lemon are a local independent bus company who run their vehicles on 100% locally sourced cooking oil to minimise their impact on the environment, and at £2 for a day ticket, the impact on people’s pockets too. Being bright yellow they are never hard to miss but for two weeks of the year when TB&TC get our hands on them they are even more unforgettable. This year it was the turn of SNUB 23 and Funky Red Dog to unroll the paste ups and mix in the PVA to help spread the word that your friendly neighbourhood paint jam is back for another year. So, leaving the yard Monday and patrolling the streets for the next two weeks, we bring you these two great creations from two great artists. Huge thanks to FRD and SNUB for their time and creativity and if you live in the Brighton area don’t forget to flag them down.
For more than 25 years Remi/Rough’s evolving and unique brand of graffiti has been breaking boundaries and blowing domes. With his feet firmly planted in the grass routes of the 80s UK graff scene, Remi’s work lead him into the abstract Ikonoklast movement of the 90s and in 2008, and alongside Blek Le Rat, he was invited to talk on the underground history of UK graffiti at Tate Modern. Among a truly varied client base he has also been a visual consultant for Red Bull and Nike. Since his debut art show in 1989, Remi has gone on to exhibit throughout London, Paris, Perth, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Berlin, Hamburg, Strasbourg, Edinburgh and Ibiza. And now he can add Brighton to the list! Remi will be going big over the TB&TC weekend so to see a true master in action make sure you’re in Church Street on Saturday 8 May. Click HERE to read an interview from last year with Dazed Digital.com.
Well, we promised you big things and now we’re coaxing them out of retirement for the TB&TC weekend. Weighing in at 375 lbs, stepping on to the canvas and throwing his brushes into the ring is the colossus talent that is Cosmo (his momma said knock you out) Sarson. Some of you in the front row may be scratching your heads but this man comes with a rep. Ignoring the Bristol scene and leaving the urban myths aside, Cosmo can still mix it up with the best of them and this piece is living proof . Cosmo studied fine art and graduated in 1995. The designer Paul Smith sponsored his first show. Then there was the Levis Store and those photo-real Breakers and that gig with the late Alexander McQueen and then that Channel 4 Board Stupid thing… Anyway, since that his work has been in your cinema or on your television screen in Children of Men, The Wolfman and more recently, Clash of the Titans. But back to the bout. Cosmo’s work has been published in Dazed and Confused magazine and in the book Scrawl; Strange Graphics & Dirty Characters and now his fine art take on Urban Contemporary will be at My Hotel, Brighton over 8/9 May. So, apart from that thing with Goldie that’s about it…