Park Hill is one mampi size council estate. It’s synonymous with Sheffield and is the largest Grade ll listed building in Europe. It was constructed in the late 1950’s with a utopian “streets in the sky” vision, but in recent years became more like the Bronx back in the 80’s. I always think of that scene out of La Haine when I think of Park Hill. Not sure why. It’s currently being redeveloped by Urban Splash in partnership with English Heritage as part of a ten year program to reinstate that initial 50’s vision with a 21st century donk on it. I did these paintings up there last week. The backgrounds are purple for all the Warp fans out there as they held part of their 20th anniversary celebrations on site at the weekend. Thought it’d be a nice touch. There are so many huge walls (that are not part of the listing) just crying out to be painted… Mmm smooth concrete.
To coincide with the 7 Styles… exhibition, Archipelago launched this series of exclusive prints by myself, Sweet Toof, Dscreet, Infinite Livez, Russell Maurice, Pinky & Cept. Each design is a 3 colour hand-pulled screen print on 250gsm recycled stock and limited to a run of 30. What’s more, they’ve all been graced by the fair hands of Josh Bedford – their in-house printer, who’s also pretty snazzy at Bicycle Motor X. You can buy the prints direct from here. Word.
I’m not sure if it was the full moon, the strong booze or both – but pretty much everyone who attended Friday’s private view of 7 Styles For 7 Brothers went proper crackers – which is exactly what you want at an inaugural show I guess. Thanks again to Thornbridge for hooking up the beer and thanks to everyone for showing up and making it a great night. Show runs til September 27th. More about the print editions soon…