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Lapiztola in London – Democracia Real Ya!

Rosario Martínez Llaguno and Roberto Vega Jiménez make up the Mexican activist art duo, Lapiztola. Recently visiting London, they worked on an exhibition called ‘Democracia real ya!’, meaning ‘real democracy now!’ The exhibition was hosted by Global Justice Now (formerly the World Development Movement) and was held at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. We caught up with the guys at Lapiztola to talk about the project.

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TUES – Interview Graffiti World Record in Dubai

What happens when you bring over 100 graffiti artists together to paint one wall in one city? No, it’s not what you’re thinking. Dubai saw no punch ons or turf wars last November for the city’s ambitious attempt to break the record of the World’s Longest Graffiti Scroll.

Alongside over 100 different artists from 26 countries, the Ironlak Family made international art history by trekking their team to Dubai to take part in the painting of the record breaking scroll, measuring over 2.2km long. Created in celebration of the United Arab Emirates’ 43rd year as a country, the canvas scroll stretched across Jumeriah Beach to mark the shape of the country. The team’s efforts became a globally recognized street art and graffiti event titled ‘Rehlhatna’.

VNA catches up with Ironlak’s own TUES to chat about the crossing of graffiti artists from around the globe for a collective project.

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Ben EINE – ‘Hand In Hand’ – ARTSPACE Dubai

Ben EINE recently unveiled his latest mural on the British Embassy, Abu Dhabi in the presence of his excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

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Ahead of his debut solo show in the Gulf region, EINE has created a 40-metre outdoor artwork on the perimeter wall of the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi. In a truly ground-breaking moment for the art scene in the region, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan joined Her Majesty’s Ambassador Philip Parham and British Council Country Director, Marc Jessel to inaugurate the wall, with His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan taking up a spray can for the first time, to personally ‘tag’ the wall.

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‘Art & Life’ – Work-Shop Australia

Currently based in Sydney and Melbourne, Work-Shop is a creative concept that claims it will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. Their Sydney digs are also engulfed in some pretty dope art. We recently caught the 23rd Key stencil workshop, and whilst there ran into co-founder Chester. He spills the beans…..

Damo: What is Work-Shop?

Chester: Work-Shop is all about creativity and community. We run a really fun range of classes taught by a rock-star line up of Australia’s finest creative talent. You can learn anything from aerosol art and typography through to tattoo illustration and screen printing. Our aim is to help people unleash their inner awesome and give them skills to live a creatively enriched life.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio – FERA – Solo Show – Rex Romae

The acclaimed Brazilian artist duo warm up the London winter with
their tropical wonderland ‘FERA’.

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JustKids are holding a pop-up exhibition in London showcasing the artworks of internationally famed Brazilian duo of illustrators Bicicleta Sem Freio (‘Bicycle Without Brakes’). Curated by Charlotte Dutoit from JUSTKIDS, the ephemeral exhibition will be open to visitors from the 5th through the 8th of March at RexRomae.

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The Paterson Project – Update

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The Paterson Project is only two sleeps away, and half of Melbourne has been exceptionally busy getting ready for what is potentially going to be one of the biggest street art projects Australia will see in 2015!

To check out some progress shots head over the Chasing Ghosts Flicker and for more information and to donate check out The Paterson Project with all money raised going to The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Olek x POW! WOW! Hawaii

Supported by Anthropologie, Olek created an environmentally and culturally relevant crochet installation for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015. The crocheted canoe is housed on the front lawn of the Honolulu Art Museum and speaks of marine life, while connecting traditional crochet techniques and Hawaiian canoeing.
Directed by Jonas Maon.

www.powwowhawaii.com

VNA Limited Edition – London Launch

We are proud to announce the launch of our Cleon Peterson Limited Edition box set, printed in the UK by White Duck Screen Print, with support from Sixpoint Brewery, at Number Six, London. To attend, please email: rsvp@verynearlyalmost.com

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The first 25 people to arrive will get a free copy of the regular edition of the latest magazine, featuring interviews with Ricky Powell, Ron English, Blek Le Rat, Persue, James Bullough, Travis Price, Jessica Albarn, 1xRUN / Inner State Gallery, Tony Arcabascio and Mattis Dovier.

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With photography in SanJuan by Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, Birdman, Nicole Reed, Tim Hans and more, it’s packed full of the worlds finest art culture.

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To purchase copies of the magazine, visit our online store:

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-29

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The Paterson Project

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The Paterson Project will be one of Melbourne’s most exciting and important street art events in 2015. Elite talent from all over Australia will be painting together under one roof to raise money for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Housed inside the ‘jewel of Smith Street’, the Patersons building’s top three floors will be transformed into one giant canvas for more than 100 artists. The Paterson is a heritage building that is to be demolished soon and redesigned as apartments. The history of the building spans over a century, and for the past forty years has remained a home to artists and musicians.

The project comprises of the top street artists, graffiti artists and stencil artists from around Australia. The event seeking to build a positive profile by giving back to the community, raising $20,000 for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation through the auction of art created as part of The Paterson Project. In one week, up to 100 Artists will create vast collaborative murals and site specific installations over all three floors of the heritage listed Paterson Building.

This type of inspiring event has no precedence; never before has so many top street artists gathered and collaborated to give back to the community.

http://www.thepatersonproject.com/

@thepatersonproject

SURFACE by Søren Solkær

Danish photographer Søren Solkær has put together one of the finest books of artist portraiture we’ve see in a long time! Featuring over 130 portraits of the worlds leading artists and some of the hottest new talent, this incredible book has everyone from Seen, Dabs Myla, ELLE, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink, Swoon, Invader, London Police, Vexta and more…

Taken over 3 years, in 13 cities, the book will be launched alongside international exhibitions. We’re pretty excited.

www.sorensolkaer.com