The ABC Trust is pleased to present A Força da Rua (Force of the Street), an exclusive contemporary street art project bringing together 12 of the finest artists from Brazil and the UK, including D*Face, Inkie, Titi Freak, Speto and Calma. Each artist will create a unique piece of art that will help raise funds and awareness for Brazil’s most vulnerable children.
Gibson Guitar - a long time supporter of the ABC Trust charity - have donated 12 of their most iconic guitars including Les Paul, Melody Maker, Flying V and SG - to be customised. These will then be exhibited at a central London location and sold at a high profile VIP charity art auction at the Cuckoo Club on 29 April.
The ABC Trust (Action For Brazil’s Children’s Trust), whose co-founder and Patron is Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, have chosen graffiti and street art to work with as it reflects the rebellious free spirit of music and Brazil’s creative youth. Each of the artists’ work for the guitars reflects how art and music should be accessible and available to young people without discrimination and have the ability to inspire and transform.
D*FACE | KID ACNE | INKIE | REMI/ROUGH | WILL BARRAS | PURE EVIL
SPETO | RAMON MARTINS | CALMA | TITI FREAK | DANIEL MELIM | TINHO
There will also be a public competition hosted by a panel of judges including Cedar Lewisohn (Tate Modern Curator), graffiti expert and author Tristan Manco(including Graffiti Brasil, Thames & Hudson 2005), filmmaker Lorna Lavelle, participating artist INKIE and Francesca Gavin, Dazed & Confused Magazine’s Visual Arts Editor and author of Street Renegades: New Underground Art(published by Laurence King). The competition will be launched this month, inviting UK residents to submit their own designs for customising a Gibson guitar, inspired by the project title, with the opportunity for the winning work to be featured as part of the exhibition.
As well as the exhibition and auction, a short documentary film will be made about the project by filmmaker of the moment Lorna Lavelle, known for her recentstunning series of shorts for Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and SHOWstudio, as well as music videos Lupe Fiasco and UNKLE, and the forthcoming re-mastered version of the Warhol-era satire Brand X (for which Lorna is both re-mastering and directing an accompanying documentary) and the Brazilian graffiti art documentary Weapon of Choice.
For more information, go to ABC website.