Shaun Ryder On The Secret Of The Happy Mondays

As part of new exhibition Lend Me Your Ear...

Lend Me Your Ear is an ongoing project between two key visual artists in London.

Music photographer Andrew Cotterill and illustrator Ben Tallon link on the project, in which Tallon creates new designs using Cotteril's imagery.

Andrew comments: “Ben approached me and asked if I wanted to collaborate on an idea he’d had. I took a look at his work and the energy felt like a great fit for my photography. How someone else would interpret my images, seeing it all in a new way was fascinating. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with a lot of strong individuals over the years so it represented a chance to celebrate such a varied range of characters and their creativity, people who moved us in some way by staying true to what they are.”

A new exhibition featuring their collaborative artworks launches in London this week, featuring some iconic facts. The project aims to raise both funds and awareness for charities including CALM and the Young Urban Arts Foundation, with a limited edition collection of t-shirts running alongside.

At the end of the exhibition Andrew Cotterill and Ben Tallon will auction a poignant and striking image of Keith Flint from The Prodigy, with all funds going to charity.

Ahead of this we've obtained a striking preview image of Shaun Ryder up top, alongside an exclusive quote about self-expression and empowerment – two key themes in the exhibition…

We had hoodies and trainers on and they’d say, ‘You’ve got no image, you need to be like Boy George and Culture Club.' A few years later you couldn’t be in a band if you weren’t wearing an anorak. Following trends is the worst thing you can do with music and creativity.

What attracted Tony Wilson to The Happy Monday’s was the way we looked, acted and carried ourselves. He saw that as an art, the way we were as individuals. His love of character was our opportunity to learn on the job.

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Lend Me Your Ear kicks off on May 23rd at Stance, 3 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PU.

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