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CMMNTY: Wearable Art That Helps The Homeless

CMMNTY LAUNCHES ETHICAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BRAND TO CHAMPION ARTISTS WHILE SUPPORTING HOMELESS PEOPLE

A collective of artists have devised a new global platform for contemporary artisanal merchandise, with every sale ensuring a fair deal for artists whilst helping to support homeless communities.

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CMMNTY has been launched to encourage collaboration by bringing a wide variety of artists together to produce limited edition and ethically produced clothing and art together. The new ethical platform is jointly-owned with the artists, meaning that contributors claim a fair share of proceeds each time one of their products is sold. Wear it or hang it, every print is super exclusive and limited. Not only that, but five per cent of profits on each CMMNTY sale will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus, which supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home and meaningful work in a community setting.

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CMMNTY has a rich background and long history. Initiated by established fashion design and art professionals with real streetwear credentials and thousands of hours of experience in the industry, the idea is to do things differently and give something back. David Newman, CMMNTY’s founder, said: “Unlike many brands, artists don’t just license their designs to CMMNTY; they are CMMNTY. Jointly-owned with artists, CMMNTY’s aim is to use products to promote art rather than art to promote products. It’s a model that means a fairer deal for artists, whilst also ensuring we do our bit to address the important issue of homelessness.”

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He also adds: “As well as being an ethical platform, CMMNTY offers products that reflect the attention-to-detail, cut and construction that we pride ourselves on. Each product is strictly limited edition, designed by the artists and made to order by the CMMNTY team. This means that everything we sell is a truly collectible piece-of-art.” The artist roster have all earned their stripes worldwide and include true forefathers of street art such as; David Walker, sheOne, Will Barras & Ornamental Conifer as well as other participating artists; Mr Penfold and Mr Incognito.

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Further underlining the ethical philosophy of CMMNTY, every art print is produced using Vegan-friendly bamboo paper, while t-shirts feature organic, long fibre, triple washed Portwood Cotton™.

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CMMNTY’s official Kickstarter campaign will launch on 8th February with an exclusive film explaining the project in further detail and encouraging people to support the vision. In return supporters will receive a range of product from prints to tees and highly sought after one off pieces from the artists involved. To find out more information ahead of the campaign, please view their preview page here. To view the current collection, artists involved and to see the current range of tees and prints please visit:

www.cmmnty.co

www.kickstarter.com/projects/484131904/cmmnty-art-to-wear-and-hang?token=27277c74

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Movember – LING

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity solely focused on men’s health. They raise funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs to enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

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Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation where they encourage men to become more aware of their health, talk more with their friends and be more active, improving their health and wellbeing. The annual Movember campaign in November is globally recognised for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health.

Since Movember started in Melbourne in 2003, millions have joined the movement, raising $770 million and funding more than 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

Melbourne artist Ling recently hit Melbourne’s Hosier Lane to paint Movember ambassador Kirk Pengilly and raise awareness for this very important cause.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Ling – ID / GH.

Principally I am a graffiti writer, although increasingly find myself looking at any and all creative outlets as possibilities to further myself and my output.

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve always found the painting and the creative process as something that has kept my mind on a level playing field. When I can’t paint for a period of time I start to get anxious or when I’m in a negative head space I always find that painting is a steadying influence. In that respect it’s therapeutic.

Recently I’ve been painting otherwise worthless objects gold to generate the perception of value. Historically gold has always had an allure that attracts people. Where you may have walked passed something everyday without a second thought, it suddenly compels you to stop, comment, photograph, share etc. whilst the object in question is still completely worthless, destined to be left to the elements or hauled away to be destroyed. It’s interesting seeing how this changes the way people interact / perceive with what is otherwise rubbish and mundane.

I’ve also been painting more and more character based pieces based on bygone childhood figures from the 80’s and 90’s. Icons that represent something that is now seen as cheesy, outdated and playing on that by adding equally cheesy details in speed dealer sunnies and 80’s graphics. It’s always entertaining to do produce serious paintings using subjects that are deemed comical and share with a wider audience.

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Can you tell us a little about your piece for Movember and the inspiration behind it?

The Movember piece came about through a chance connection with the organisation. My family has been impacted by both testicular and prostate cancer, so I jumped at the chance to get involved and offer my services to create something unique that would assist the cause in raising awareness around cancer and mens health.

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What does the Movember campaign mean to you?
My family has been impacted by both Testicular and Prostate Cancer. Both scenarios had outcomes that were as positive as can be. The mitigating factor in both instances was a proactive approach to health. Insisting that GP’s perform the relevant tests and taking the necessary steps to investigate physical / mental changes means I still have a dad, a brother and that my niece and nephew still have a father and grandfather. If my piece for the Movember mural helps further the campaign message then I’m more than happy to be involved.

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Where can people go to find out more or to help?
Movember.com

What else can we expect to see from you for the rest of 2016 or moving into 2017?
Produce more. Bigger. Better.

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Spencer Keeton-Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

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Murals for Oceans Festival – San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California – PangeaSeed Foundation, in collaboration with Cohort Collective, Surfrider Foundation and Kaaboo Del Mar, just wrapped it up their 2nd edition of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans mural festival in San Diego.

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Art on a Postcard – Lottery

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The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard is back for its second year at Moniker with postcards and customised car bonnets. The Postcard Lottery was a huge hit at last year’s Moniker Art Fair and sold out before the end. The lottery gives visitors the chance to own an original artwork by one of the many world renowned artists involved. By purchasing a £50 lottery ticket you are guaranteed to win a postcard size work of art from the likes of Paul Insect, Pure Evil, Eelus, Harland Miller, Peter Blake, Ally McIntyre, Brad Downey, Zsofia Schweger, and Rugman.

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‘Street Portraits’ – Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine

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Sydney is set to see a street art project that will see large scale murals appear on unused walls, recognising local people with inspiring stories to tell.

Four of Australia’s most celebrated street artists Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine will bring to life portraits of Nathan Hindmarsh, Father Dave Smith, Jenny Munro and Katherine Hudson.

Each of these local identities were chosen as they have left a positive mark on their community, and changed things for the better.

The artists have begun painting on walls in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Haymarket and Bondi Junction.

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Adnate – ‘Always Been Here’

Melbourne based artist, Adnate, is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. ‘Always Been Here’ is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

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The solo exhibition, launches at 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016 at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery. Be sure not to miss the massive Welcome to Country ceremony and performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects on opening night. The exhibition will run until the 16th of July.

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A limited edition print as well as printed catalogues will be available on the night, with the catalogue designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.

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Swoon Presents… Pearly’s Beauty Shop

SWOON AND THE HELIOTROPE FOUNDATION PRESENT PEARLY’S BEAUTY SHOP: AN ARTIST-RUN SOIRÉE IN DOWNTOWN L.A. SATURDAY, MAY 21 | SUPERCHIEF GALLERY.

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Pearly’s Beauty Shop, now in its fifth year, is unlike any event you’ve ever attended. Part exhibition, part live auction, part dance party, and part pop-up unisex beauty shop for which all stations are manned by artists. Want your nails did by a painter? Get your hair done in a diorama by a sculptor? Makeup by a conceptual artist? Performance-artist paraffin dip? No matter your aesthetic desire, Pearly’s has you covered… Artists will be partnered with salon technicians to recreate their designs; you’ll find salon stations throughout the party and revelry all around.

The Heliotrope Foundation, a nonprofit started by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon, helps communities respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent social crises. Heliotrope works primarily with three initiatives:

– Braddock Tiles: a multi-tiered community arts project revitalizing the once-prosperous Rust Belt neighbuorhood of North Braddock, PA (2007 – present)

– New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box: a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture and community engagement in New Orleans (2011 – present)

– The Konbit Shelter Project: a comprehensive and locally sustained community building project in post-­‐ earthquake Haiti (2010 – present)

HOST COMMITTEE for the event includes: Swizz Beatz, Jane Golden, Sallyann Kluz, Andrew Lockhart, Karmimadeebora McMillan, Sandra Powell, Zahra Sherzad, Anthony Spiegel, Ryan Nuckel, KT Tierney, Natalie Kates, Bill Dunleavy, Edward Zipco, Marsea Goldberg, Als Kenny, Ryland Behrens, Tamara Goldstein, Lisa Shimamura, Andrew Edward Brown, Liat Cohen, JL Sirisuk, Raina Mehler, Alex Fanning, Afrodet Zuri, Andrea Fiona Pagliai Londoño, Siovan Hope Ross, Adam Lehrer, Kristin Sancken, Charlotte Reed, Kurt McVey.

For the past four years, Swoon has invited artists such as Shepard Fairey, Dustin Yellin and Maripol to each offer a limited edition print for Heliotrope to accessibly price at $50 in support of Braddock Tiles. For this year’s edition of Pearly’s, Swoon has tapped Juxtapoz publisher Evan Pricco to guest-­‐curate a group of Los Angeles-­‐based artists for an exclusive Pearly’s 2016 print release.

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WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, May 21 • 7pm – 1am • Superchief Gallery LA (739 Kohler Street) TICKETS: Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at bit.ly/pearlys2016 DRESS CODE: Come as you are Pearly’s Beauty Shop 2016 thanks Jefferson Projects; Juxtapoz Magazine; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Stolen Rum; Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana; Art Report; ArtLeadHER; and Red Flower for their generous support. Pearly’s is pleased to partner with LAMP Community, a Skid Row-­‐based organization seeking to end homelessness and foster self-­‐sufficiency among those living with severe mental illness.

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Series of Refugees Inspired Works by Pejac in Jordan

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Last month Pejac took break from creating studio work for upcoming London solo show (details TBA), and flew to Jordan to create a series of refugees inspired works. With the kind support of the Spanish embassy the artist visited  Al-Hussein camp for Palestinian refugees, Azraq Syrian refugee camp and the city of Amman.

Touched by the stories and lives of these people, Barcelona-based artist created series of interventions that represents their struggle by scraping the facades in Al-Hussein camp. From depicting their journeys that started 70 years ago, to creating maps of Palestine over the last 7 decades, Pejac’s ghostly images are reminders of their distant memories, fears and hopes.

Along with these interventions he painted two pieces mixing black silhouette and colored details. On the streets of Amman he painted a young boy holding the Earth and being caught in the whirlwind of it’s rotation, symbolizing youth as the carriers of our future. Emotive piece in Azraq camp is celebrating mother’s power to protect their children from the harsh actuality by creating a new reality for them. All engaged and poetic, these pieces are showing the strength of well placed, thoughtful work that carries a strong, universal message.

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Crowdfunding launch for ‘Happyland’

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.

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Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.

‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.

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