In Photos: Secret 7″ Returns!

Industry-renowned Secret 7” returns to NOW Gallery on The North Greenwich Peninsular for a fundraiser fusing art and music in aid of War Child.

The exhibition come auction curates 7 tracks from 7 musicians that are then pressed 100 times onto 7” vinyl. The record sleeves feature submissions from creatives around the world to create 700 completely unique records, all of which are up for auction and can be bid on via the Peggy App until the day after the exhibition wraps up on March 18th.

The venue, packed with young creatives, art connoisseurs, and 6Music Dads alike, showcased the 700 individual record sleeves at a private view on March 7th. The selection of songs often inspired the subsequent designs, with flocks of Hilma Af Klint-esque swans adorning the sleeves in homage to Swan Upon Leda by Hozier. Similarly, a smattering of pipe illustrations made reference to Pipes of Peace by Paul McCartney, with a sophisticated pipe-smoking swan even combining the two in Secret Artwork #561. Elsewhere, others gravitated to Stop This Flame by Celeste, bestowing their sleeves with a variety of firey motifs.

The track selection also included Skipping Like A Stone by The Chemical Brothers, A Different Kind of Human by Aurora, Lullaby by Siouxsie and The Banshees, and The Specials We Sell Hope.

The annual event levels the playing field between emerging and established artists with each sleeve remaining anonymous until the bidding ends and the record is safely delivered to its new owner. In previous years sleeve designs have featured artwork from household names such as David Shrigley, Yoko Ono and Martin Parr. Whilst this year features work from Sir Paul Smith, Jamie Hewlett, and Tacita Dean.

Initially established in 2012 by Kevin King and Jordan Stokes, the event took a brief hiatus post-Covid, with the 2024 iteration being its return to the industry spotlight. In the original 8-year run the project raised over £500,000 for charitable causes and sold over 4,900 one-of-a-kind records. Hosted this year in collaboration with War Child UK all funds raised by Secret 7” will directly support children affected by global conflict.

In a statement from the charity, Head of War Child Records, Rich Clarke, commented: “We believe no child should be part of war. Ever. This is why projects like Secret 7” are so important. We are grateful to all the musicians, artists and partners who are involved in Secret 7”. Together, we will be able to protect and educate many more children, supporting their healing and learning for a safer, brighter future. Thank you.”

All artworks are available to browse online or in-person until March 17th, with remote bidding available via Peggy. There’s no better excuse to add art collector to your résumé.


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