Thursday, 21 March 2019

Beswick and Pye's Film About The Movements of Vincent Van Gogh

Team Beswick & Pye have been collaborating on art projects together for over 15 years. They have made Pop videos such as RIO by Neil Innes. Collaborative paintings by Gordon and Harry have appeared in celebrated shows at Sartorial Contemporary Art in Kings Cross and Galeria Thomas Cohn in Sao Paulo. In May 2010 Beswick & Pye were invited to take part in Tate Modern's Souls For Sale extravaganza and had their work exhibited in the Turbine Hall. In December 2010 a painting by Gordon and Harry was sold at a charity auction held at The Victoria & Albert Museum. Money raised went to the Breakthrough cancer charity. In April 2012 Team Beswick & Pye took part in "Secret 7" at the Idea Generation gallery in Shoreditch. Their design for a seven Inch single by The Cure was sold in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. In the same month a compilation of their films were screened at Tate Britain's Manton Studios as part of Late at the Tate. In October 2012 Team Beswick & Pye's painting of Martin Luther King was featured in part of Art Below's Peace Project. The painting was exhibited at Gallery Different and a poster of it was displayed in Regent's Park Tube Station. In November 2012 Beswick & Pye were featured in The Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Gallery. In 2013 Beswick & Pye worked with Gallery Different and Art Below again for a show about Mrs Thatcher that featured both in the BBC news and in the Evening Standard. In December 2016 a gigantic version of their painting of Chris Packham was displayed on a billboard in Southampton. They have also painted The Beatles on a gigantic egg for the Action For Children charity (see below)
Last year they exhibited a screen print of one of their paintings, 'Come On In, The Water's Lovely' at the Inside Job exhibition at Tate Modern
which you can read about here:
Harry Pye has made several paintings based on Vincent such as 'Stick To What You Don't Know' (see above) and has carried on a great deal of research about Vincent's life. Gordon Beswick and Harry Pye are currently working on a 5 minute film that retraces Vincent's steps in both London and Ramsgate.
The film's debut screening will take place in August at Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. More news soon.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Help fund the new album by Neil Innes

A few months back it was announced that music lovers from all around the the world had chipped in to raise the money needed for recording, mastering, and manufacturing of a new album of songs by Neil Innes on CD and Vinyl via Pledge Music. The target was reached but annoyingly Pledge Music failed to honour their commitments ("Ouch"). On the 6th of Feb Neil made the following announcement: "I have at last spoken to Pledge Music and our agreement is now terminated.I would like to make it clear that I have no wish to pour petrol on a fire that has broken out somewhere high up in their organization. I am frankly not interested in who or what is to blame. I believe the “good guys” in Pledge when they say they feel just as betrayed as the Artists and their loyal Supporters. Their platform is broken. They hope to regain the trust and goodwill of Artists and Fans alike – but this will take time – 30 to 90 days. But this is too long to wait for my project, recording has begun with studio and musician costs incurred. My limited resources are dwindling. Consequently, I am busy looking for alternative ways to finance the recording/manufacture/artwork and distribution of the “new album”. Pledge Music have agreed with me the only way to make the best out of a bad job is to consider the following advice: You CAN get your money back IF you paid by a Credit Card with an insurance policy against fraud – such as VISA, Master Card or even PayPal. (Also, it is worth asking your bank if they have you covered) Please forward your Pledge “acknowledgement” to so that we can know Who and Where you are – and What you wanted. (We already have details for those of you who ordered T Shirts and/or Handwritten Song Lyrics.)
IF you DO manage to get your money back, PLEASE consider donating the same amount to WE intend to deliver our part of the original bargain – but need all the help we can get! We still hope to finish “The Greatest Album (of its kind) in the History of the World” with De Luxe Artwork, by this Spring – aiming for April. It will then become available from my website: – if you’ve had enough of “crowdfunding” for now! THANK YOU for your patience and understanding, we are all in the this TOGETHER. Let’s be positive but mindful of the words of Oscar Wilde: “That Good triumphs over Evil is the True Nature of Fiction.” Be Happy!"
So, a new fund has been set up and the goal is £25,000. Click on HERE to go to Go Fund Me page.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Spammed support Specialized and The Teenage Cancer Trust

Specialized is a musical community that was created in 2012 to raise funds to improve the lives of teens and young adults with cancer or who are living in difficult circumstances. The Specialized Project brings together amateur and professional musicians with the shared goal of creating musical projects to raise funds for cancer research and support agencies, particularly The Teenage Cancer Trust, The National Foundation for Youth Music and Tonic Music for Mental Health. They’ve done this by the production of themed albums supported by live music events across the UK.
Specialized 7: BOSS which is available now, is a four disc CD box-set featuring reinterpretations of all ska’s hit factory Trojan Records. Tracks featured on the compilation include The Spammed's version of Jimmy Cliff's You Can Get It If You Really Want. You can buy it for £15.99 via the Specialized online shop:
Yesterday The Spammed visited South London's Perry Vale studio to record a cover of 'The Prince' (originally by Madness) which will feature on 'Specialized 8' (a tribute to 2-Tone Records) which will be released in 2019. The Spammed consist of; Kevin Eldon (Vocals), Neil Innes (Keyboard), Micko Westmoreland (Guitar), Horace Panter (Bass), and Rat Scabies (drums). The man at the mixing desk for this recording was Pat Collier, (a former member of The Vibrators) who has worked with numerous bands over the years including The House of Love,Katrina & The Waves, The Wonderstuff, and Jesus & Mary Chain.
The Prince was released on Two Tone records on the first of September, 1979 and was the band's first top twenty hit single. The track is a tribute to the Ska legend Prince Buster who gave the world such classics as Earthquake, One Step Beyond, Al Capone, 10 Commandments and Oh Carolina.
Image above: Kevin studies the nutty lyrics. Image below: The Fun Boy 3
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Opening Party at Shortwave Gallery for Funny Business exhibition

'Funny Business' is an exhibition featuring work by Jasper Joffe, Kate Lyddon, Geraldine Swayne, Harry Pye in collaboration with Rowland Smith, in collaboration with Gordon Beswick, and Harry Pye on his own. Here are the first batch of photos from the opening night. The show is on till the 27th November. More info: here
Above: Harry Pye and Gordon Beswick
Above: Bridget Swann with "Mature Lady Artist" Sadie Hennessey.
Above: Rob Wray, Reuben Powell, Peter Gordon
Above: James Lawson. Painting of Harpo & Groucho by Geraldine Swayne and Harry Pye
Above: Rachelle Allen-Sherwood with Sadie Hennessey
Above: Martin Sexton with Jasper Joffe
Above: Harry Pye and Rob Wray
Above: Cheers Paul
Above: New painting by Kate Lyddon
Above: Jasper Joffe with Chris Tosic
Above: Weird Nightmare painted by Rowland Smith and Harry Pye
Above: Mr X, James Lawson, Richard Lamy
Above: Harry the Hat
Above: Jackie Clark and friend
Above: John Hind
Above: "Here's to those who wish us well..."
Above: Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, Rob Wray, Jackie Clark, Gregory Williams
Above: Shortwave cafe Society
Above: Max Reeves is drawn to a Smith/Pye painting of Scarlett & Sodastream
Above: Geraldine Swayne
Above: Max Reeves and Harry Pye
Above: Max Reeves and Geraldine Swayne
Above: Aidan O'Sulivan and Chris Coombes
Above: Shortwave's resident DJ takes a sneaky peak at Sadie's work.
Above: Ladies in the house
Above: The next morning <

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Jo Mama gives away her art away free of charge at A Side B Side Gallery

The First 26 people to attend Jo Mama's Alphabet Show at Mare Street's A Side B Side Gallery were given a free artwork...
For more info about the Alphabet Show: Art Council Art News Carpe Diem news Art Rabbit news