Secret 7”, the charitable initiative which sees 700 artists from all manner of backgrounds design a 7” sleeve to be exhibited as part of a partnership between Universal Music, and the charity Art Against Knives has revealed today that the world renowned artist duo Gilbert & George will be designing a cover for this year’s exhibition.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, best known for his Sunflower Seeds exhibition and political activism will also be contributing a sleeve to the 700 individually designed covers. This marks a huge coup for the initiative whose inaugural outing last year saw designs from artists such as David Shrigley, Michael Spencer Jones, Andy Vella, Toby Mott, Stylorouge, Richard Evans and more and raised a total £33,500 for charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
This year’s exhibition will be held at Downstairs at Mother, the Creative Ad agency from the weekend of the 13th April. The sleeves will be available to buy from the following weekend 20th April (Record Store Day), however you’ll be lucky to get your hands on any of the works by the aforementioned artists, not because these are the most expensive, but simply because the artists who created the sleeves is kept secret until you have purchased the artwork.
Each cover’s art is inspired by one the following tracks: Elton John - Bennie & The Jets, HAIM - Better Off, Jessie Ware - Still Love Me, Laura Marling - The Beast, Nas - The Don, Nick Drake - Rider On The Wheel and current Clash Cover stars Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think.
For more information, visit: http://www.secret-7.com
Words by Alex Goddard