This year Secret 7” celebrates the seventh and final edition of their legendary Secret 7” exhibitions that each year raises money for charity by selling off 7″ singles decorated by anonymous artists. This year they are supporting Help Refugees, a pioneering charity leading a new movement in humanitarian aid.
A spokesman says, ‘By the end of this show we’ll have made 4,900 one-of-a-kind records for 49 different tracks since 2012… What started as a side hustle has taken us on some journey, and with your continued support creating artwork and buying records, we hope to take our grand total raised for good causes to over £250,000.’
Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. For 2020 they are pressing 100 copies of the following tracks to 7”:
Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead
Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell
Foo Fighters – This Is A Call
The Internet – Come Over
Koffee – Toast
Miles Davis – Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
Every single one of them will have unique artwork created for it.
Amongst the 700 unique records in the gallery this year are artworks from Ed Gray, Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor, Tacita Dean, Mark Wallinger, Shona Heath, The Connor Brothers, Helen Beard, Jeremy Deller, Lotte Andersen, Stanley Donwood, Jadé Fadojutimi, Ragnar Kjartansson, Maya Hayuk, Gavin Turk, Unskilled Worker, Michel Gondry and many more, featured alongside a whole host of their favourite photographers, illustrators, painters, graffiti artists and sculptors.
The secret is that all the artworks are anonymous, so sitting alongside those invited to submit artwork will be picks from a worldwide open submission which anyone could have contributed to. If you’re looking for a particular record you’ll have to study the sleeves and guess correctly – you’ll have a 1 in 7 chance at that. If you’re looking for a particular artwork contributor then your odds are a bit longer. All 700 records will be sold via auction on Ebay on the final day.
Check out all the artwork and bidding details here: https://secret-7.com/gallery/2020
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ from 14th October – 1st November. Times: 10am – 7pm Mon-Fri, 10am – 5pm Weekends.
Admission is free but you will need to book a timed ticket via NOW Gallery’s Eventbrite.