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ALL GOOD THINGS – LAUNCH PHOTOS

A huge thanks to everyone who came down last night for the show opening!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and so much love and support for VNA.

Massive thanks to all the artists who contributed to the show – 45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK (LUKE CORNISH), ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INKIE, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY (MARIUSZ WARAS), MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Bidding is well underway and we look forward to raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support. All items are available for worldwide shipping, tracked and insured, but we cannot calculate this until we have the winning bidder’s details so please don’t be put off by misleading info on the listings! Hit us up with any questions – info@verynearlyalmost.com or via artFido

All items are up online here and bidding closes at 12 midday Monday 1st May (GMT):

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

Special shout outs to the Macmillan Cancer Support team, Eve, Jay and Lauren at StolenSpace, the superhuman Andy Vasy for his stellar work getting the work on the walls, Simon at Luardos for the delicious tacos, James Grant for shooting these great pics below, Soffles for providing tasty snacks and the legends from Sailor Jerry for pumping out wicked cocktails all night long.

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Solidarty.org – Refugee Charity Fundraiser

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The migration crisis that is hitting Europe these days is having a strong effect on the artworld since day 1. From Banksy’s “Mediterranean Boat Ride” installation at Dismaland, murals and art pieces commenting on the situation, to different art-related charities being setup to help. One of the most recent initiatives of such sort is solidARTy.org which was launched only few days ago.

This website is auctioning original and rare edition works by well known urban and street artists, with 100% of the proceeds going to volunteer initiatives that are helping refugees in Eastern Europe (such as Are You Syrious). Being outside of the Schengen EU these places are points where 1,000s of people get stuck on daily basis, waiting for their turn and chance to cross the border. Often staying in improvised camps on no mans land, without food, water or shelter, the conditions there are often compared to concentration camps. As “nobody’s problem” these people are left to the mercy of volunteers and individuals that are doing their best to provide them the basics.

solidARTy.org was started with an idea to help raise funds for these initiatives which are saving lives on daily basis. Offering artworks directly donated by the artists as well as collectors, this week they’ll be offering works by Ernest Zacharevic, Ella & Pitr, Escif, Icy & Sot, Pez, Sepe, Bezt, Marco Wagner, with many more names and works being added later on.

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Street Art Against Slavery

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Follow Your Art – Street Art Against Slavery’ aims to raise the profile of Anti-Slavery International through various events that incorporate urban and street art. The primary aim is to use the power and expression of street art to highlight the existence of slavery today. After all, modern day slavery is a complex issue and street art is steeped with a history of politics and protest which resonates with Anti-Slavery International.

Follow Your Art will feature street art from some of London’s most influential street artists including Remi Rough, James Jessop, RYCA, Dscreet , Pure Evil, Vinnie Nylon, Jo Peel, Benjamin Murphy as well as the premiere of a specially created edit of DOTS, an ongoing film project looking at the roots of graffiti and street art with a focus on the notoriously influential book Subway Art (1984). DOTS examines the ephemeral nature of the street art phenomenon and its role in the art world, featuring James Jessop and interviews with Eine, Miss Van, Os Gemeos, Blade, Futura, Conor Harrington, Dabs n Myla, Lister, Ron English and Kid Acne.

When: Wednesday 3rd April 2013, 8pm – 1am
Where: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, LONDON, EC2A 3PQ

Click here for more info.

Vexta – Trading Places

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Vexta is one of the most interesting artists to come out of Australia. She was picked up by some guy called Banksy to feature in his ‘Cans’ Festival and subsequent film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. Recently, while every other wannabe was shamelessly networking at Miami Basel, Vexta was over on the other side of the world, working hard at India’s first Contemporary Art Biennale. Despite some near catastrophic events and a very temperamental internet connection, we managed to connect with her for a few words while she painted…

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SMC[3] – Son$ of Anarchy

Sydney-based artist, SMC[3] is kind of old-school. His head-spinning characters and artwork draw influence from skateboarding, anarchy and cartoons. We caught up with the mad bomber for a quick quiz, ahead of his entry into this year’s Sidewayz skate and snowboard art event…

Your art’s pretty tripped, what gives you the ideas for your characters?

I get a lot of influence from 60’s, 70’s & 80’s surf, skate & punk comics and art, the characters are mostly trippy, cartoony, monster-based funk and ooze.

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JR in the news and advertising

So I guess you know by now that JR is the winner of 2011 TED prize. It’s a great recognition to his charitable work and another example of how there’s more and more focus on street art movement in the main stream. I was also very pleased to see his Nairobi train project photo featured in November edition of National Geographic. His work was of course covered in our magazine’s issue 10.

In other news insurance company Aviva blatantly ripped the aesthetic and execution method of JR’s work in their latest campaign called You Are The Big Picture. Ironically the ad below was printed in the same magazine only 4 pages down from JR’s. I wasn’t able to find out if this truly is an infringement but there is absolutely no official connection between the artist and the corporation. For more examples how advertising steals iseas go to CopyCunts.

Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine Auction…

Agggghhh… I do like Juxtapoz Magazine. Its hard to say that because in the grand scheme of things we are in direct competition with them as art magazines. Luckily we concentrate on the street art side of things, plus Juxtapoz is MASSIVE compared to VNA.

Anyway, to celebrate being 15 years old Juxtapoz is having a massive charity art auction including some DAMN fine pieces that I want on my wall. Here is just a few I like the look of…

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Roar by Josh Keyes

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Eddy by Morning Breath

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1 spin clockwise for one hundred years by Anthony Lister

I have no idea for which charity it is but im sure its for a good cause.

Check it out over HERE