Posts Tagged ‘art’

Channel 4’s Street Summer Midlands’ Design

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Last, but by no means least, of the films covering the cities Wet Paint Productions covered for Channel 4’s Street Summer season is Birmingham. This was a weird one as Lucy, the winning entrant, was unable to take part as she was busy bouncing around Europe and couldn’t make it back in time so it was left to mentor Ventsa of Four Pence Collective to recreate her design as he explains here. On this film Ventsa also touches upon the graffiti versus street art argument and what is art and what is vandalism? A subject which Graffiti Wars – a film commissioned as part of the Street Summer season about the fued between King Robbo and Banksy – tried to tackle. Ironically this competition sparked similar arguments that played out across several forums, chat rooms and websites. Massive thanks to Ventsa and all of the artists for their help and support on this project. For more information on Street Summer and it’s offerings hit HERE.

Street Summer Hots Up

Friday, July 29th, 2011


Channel 4’s Street Summer – “a season of programmes celebrating contemporary urban art forms” – is fast approaching and so are the Wet Paint commissions across the cities of Brighton, Manchester and the UK’s second capital, Birmingham. Next week will see the winning entries go up with the help of Req, Faunagraphic and Ventsa respectively. To view all the regional winning entries go to the Don’t Panic website HERE and anyone wanting to follow Street Summer on Facebook should hit this link: http://www.facebook.com/streetsummer  The season will include films on spoken word and rap, street dance, a Hip Hop documentary called How Hip Hop Changed the World, as well as what looks to be an amazing film by viral film-makers and Mike Christie, the director of extreme sport documentary Jump London, called Concrete Circus which brings together the world’s hottest names in the urban sports scene. The season will also screen the television premiere of Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop. More intriguing though is Graffiti Wars – a film given over to the on-going and very public feud between (Team) Robbo and Banksy as well as graffiti writers and ‘street artists’ in general. Ironically, the street art competition has sparked it’s own controversy within the scene. But that’s another story for another day…

Link Up Graffiti

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Last Sunday saw another Wet Paint productions’ Graffiti Workshop and this time we were working with some budding young artists from the Link-Up Project .  The Brighton and Hove parent-run group  provide support and a social network for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and their parents. As part of their activities and outings they included an aerosol art afternoon schooled by Snub 23 (powered by Kobra Paint) who introduced the kids to the art of the craft. The kids loved it so much we have a sneaking suspicion they will be coming back for more. We’d like to thank all the members of Link-Up as they were great and a pleasure to work with. Especially Tom who at 15 years-old had this to say: “I feel this workshop has really enriched my knowledge of graffiti, character construction and building on a canvas.  I think we have all learnt new skills with spray paint and I’d definitely love to do it again in the near future.  All participants have really enjoyed themselves and found a way of expressing their individual artistic side with brilliant outcomes.” And of course a huge thanks to Snub 23 for being inspirational and to Wet Paint’s Community & Projects Manager Charlie Allsebrook for heading up this and all of our workshops and community work. To find out more about The Link-Up Project click the highlighted link and to enquire about Wet Paint’s workshop and community related work contact Charlie Allsebrook: wetpaintproductions@hotmail.com


Question Ti[m]e

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

David Dimbleby wearing Hutch’s flying can tie

Regular readers of this blog will know that some months ago Wet Paint worked with the tailor Gresham Blake and stencil artists Hutch and Funky Red Dog on some unique tie designs. Well, who would have guessed that David Dimbleby was such a fan of Brighton-based stencil maestro Hutch, and indeed so much of a street art advocate that he felt the need to promote this fact on national televison? No stranger to courting controversy when it comes to the old neck wear  (there is even a Facebook group dedicated to his penchant for extravagant ‘Peckham Ryes’) Dimbleby was seen sporting a Hutch/Blake combo in green and pink colourways on the BBC’s Question Time. Unfortunately, one question not put forward by the audience was “where did you get it?” The answer to which is HERE and keep an eye out  for upcoming manoeuvres from Hutch who is currently working on a screenprint collaboration with Colombian artist Stinkfish (teaser HERE) and other surprises once he hits UK soil.

 

It’s On!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The last few posts have been dedicated to Wet Paint Productions’ (and some of the artists we work with) involvement in Channel 4’s street art competition as part of their Street Summer season in conjunction with Don’t Panic. This summer Channel 4 is celebrating British street culture with some new programmes dedicated to street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art.

And Channel 4 are calling all wannabe street artists, graffiti writers and vandals to join in on Street Summer by entering the competition which starts TODAY.

Get full details on how to enter and what you stand to win by clicking this Don’t Panic link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

Req is Channel 4’s South East Judge

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Street Summer
The last artist but by no means the least Wet Paint Productions put forward as part of Channel 4’s Street Summer competition is Req.
Born in London in 1966 Req is a Brighton-based artist schooled in the New York subway graffiti tradition. His graffiti career started in 1984 in Brighton’s derelict areas but he soon started painting internationally onstage with the Norman Cook band Beats International.

Req’s new work is defined by his attempt to purge the graffiti and graphic influences of his past in favour of a lighter, diffuse impressionism which he calls ‘Spraypaint Realism’. His more recent charcoal and spray paint works on paper provide a quick and more expressive outlet to balance the more intensive ‘Spraypaint Realism’ style.

As we’ve said in the past, if the French impressionist painter Monet used Belton, this is kind of what his work may have looked like.
Req is the judge for the South East and your piece should represent one of the five elements of street culture which the Street Summer season is featuring: street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art. Write, draw, collage, sketch or render your work in any way you like. How you make this work is up to you.
Remember your piece is art but also it needs to work to promote Channel 4’s season. The better your piece looks the more chance you will have of winning but we will accept entries on pen and paper which have been scanned or photographed. Remember the idea is what counts not your computer skills!
Don’t forget that the competition starts on 13th June and for full details on how to enter make sure to follow this link:
http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

Channel 4’s Street Summer

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Street Summer
This summer Channel 4 is celebrating British street culture with some quality new programmes dedicated to the different elements of street-level genius, focusing on: street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and (yes, you’ve guessed it) street art! Wet Paint were asked by Don’t Panic – a unique free publication found in carefully selected independent shops, bars, universities and art spaces – to help out with some of the artists and cities.
Don’t Panic is running a design competition on the Don’t Panic site for all budding designers, graffiti and street artists to come up with a creative design. The winners of the competition will have their design used as an advertisement for Channel 4’s Street Summer schedule of programming. They will also have their design printed to postcards and the Don’t Panic Poster to be distributed around the UK.
We’ll be posting some more information about the competition soon but in the meantime here is one of the six videos up on the Don’t Panic site. It features Faunagraphic giving us the heads up on the Northern scene and if you can’t wait to see the other films then make sure to visit:
http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/



Bringing It Home

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Crew…

Don

Ventza

Jeba

The Art

Don

Ventza

Jeba

At Wet Paint we’re feeling pretty smug right now. Having completed four cities for the Brugal Rum campaign, we are winding down for the year but not before we iced the cake. This weekend saw us at Covent Garden with Don, Jeba and Ventza painting live and T-pimping in Navajo Joe and Roadhouse (where Snub 23 put up a specially commissioned piece) . Any one with a handle on the history of UK graffiti will know that Covent Garden was a mecca for the scene in the early 80’s, providing the writers’ bench where many of the old school heads met up until 87 or so. The hoardings that used to surround the Royal Opera House carried some of the earliest burners this country saw from legends like Artful Dodger, Bando, Mode 2 and Scribla (the Trail Blazers), Pride and Zacki Dee, who went on to form legendary writing crew The Chrome Angelz. We are still amazed that Westminster Council let us get away with it and they have told us in no uncertain terms that it will not be happening again. So, although this wasn’t Freestyle 85, Wet Paint Productions have provided a book end to the saga. As ever, we need to thank the artists for getting up in the arctic conditions. Massive respect to Don (who plays host to another legend – Duster – this weekend), Ventza and Jeba. Despite the cold you brought the fire! For more photos hit HERE.

inCANdescent at White Night

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Lumacoustic’s Digital Wall

Pinky

Mishfit

Hutch

Req

At Wet Paint Productions, we have just about recovered from our latest event, inCANdescent – the centrepiece to Brighton’s 2010 White Night festival. Themed on illumination, the city plays host to amazing installations that light the streets of our fair, funky city which entices shops, galleries, municipal buildings and people to stay up late. Commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council, with support from art republic and Ink_d gallery, Wet Paint’s idea to illuminate columns in Jubilee Square and have some of Brighton’s best graffiti and street artists paint them using transparent paint went down a storm. Thousands of people turned up to watch the event which started with a dance routine from local street dancers Same Sky, followed by live painting from Mishfit, Req, Pinky, Hutch and Imbue. Lumacoustics (as seen on Dragon’s Den) were also on hand with their digital graffiti wall for the public to create their own art, while local film and documentary makers Snowstorm Media rolled out especially commissioned street art films projected on to Myhotel, throughout the night. Being Brighton, the afternoon had started with a Zombie Walk and the whole city was alive with the walking dead which made for a surreal but amazing vibe. We’ll post some more pictures soon if you can’t wait that long hit HERE for more!

We’ve Seen the Future…

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Due to a manic schedule (and maybe a bit of well earned laziness!) we have had what can only be described as a communications black out over the last few weeks. Well, back from travels sorting arrangements for forthcoming events which we’ll announce very soon, we thought we’d update you with a couple of posts on recent events.

Last month saw Wet Paint Productions’ Aerosol Art workshops kick off at the Open Market, Brighton, and we had a full house every time. From seven year-olds to a thirty something stag party, we found ourselves teaching the uninitiated how to spray paint and with great success. Our young apprentices especially threw themselves into the action and couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty as these pictures prove. Under the guidance of Foundry and Snub 23 we think we have helped to produce some budding little graffiti artists. We have to also thank Funky Red Dog and Limbo for their direction too.

Having already received a lot of requests for more we will update you soon with future dates.