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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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ALL GOOD THINGS

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As the saying goes, ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop.

Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, including D*Face, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Swoon, Martha Cooper and more, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.

In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in one of East London’s longest-running contemporary urban art institutions, StolenSpace Gallery.

Showcasing work from all over the world, ‘ALL GOOD THINGS’ is comprised of original artworks, exclusive artist proofs and hand-finished prints from some of the leading international artists – artists who have helped shape the scene as we know it today. The VNA team has also assembled a tailored collection of some of the brightest new painters making waves across the globe.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, with artwork auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at:

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

On the opening night, our VNA Newsstand will be bursting with back stock, including tees, stickers and other goodies – all at bargain prices. Hidden in amongst the stand, there will be a complete set of the VNA archive, from 1 to 35, available to buy from our private collection, including limited edition PP’s – strictly one archival item per person to keep things fair!

As with anything VNA-related, there will of course be a drink or two. Our friends at Sailor Jerry have kindly furnished us with a choice of delicious bespoke spiced rum cocktails and a deuce of their finest mixologists.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be providing some of the lovely Soffle’s Pitta Chips to soak up some of the booze and giving away over a hundred free tacos from Luardos – served from Insa’s hand-painted taco truck.

The show opens for public viewing from 6-9pm Thursday 27th April and daily until the 30th April 11am-7pm at: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Artists include:

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, 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

Gaia – 2015 Walls Recap

American artist Gaia has had a busy year! In his own words, here’s a recap of some of his biggest murals from 2015…

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1 – What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment, Gainesville
Finished piece for @352walls in#Gainesville Florida. Entitled ‘What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment’ the mural seeks to develop a portrait of downtown Gainesville and locate the theoretical framework behind New Urbanism and its influence upon gentrification. The piece begins with a portrait of the one and only Jane Jacobs with an adjacent picture of a tenement typical of New York’s Lower East Side. It continues with an image of the newly constructed @ufcontinuum paired with a church from Porters, a historically black neighborhood on the south side of downtown. Finally the piece is concluded with an old photo of Union Academy, the second accredited all African American high school in Florida, and the school’s founder A Quinn Jones. Lastly there is a person on their laptop drinking coffee in the corner.

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Beastman – ‘Future Origins’ Interview

Based in Sydney Beastman is influenced by the beauty and symbolism behind nature’s repetitive patterns and organic lines. One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Beastman recently took time to speak to VNAussie, Damo about his upcoming show at Backwoods Gallery as well as all things Beastman…

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Damo:  Tell us a bit about your early years and how you got into art:

Beastman: I grew up in the Sydney suburbs, a kid obsessed with and completely immersed in skateboarding. I always had an interest in making art from a young age, was always drawing on everything and messing around with things. Through skating I got into shooting photos and making videos, just messing around whilst out on the streets skating with my friends. Then I began to develop a real interest in the art and design that was a big part of skateboarding culture, as well as all the graffiti I would see on the street. I was really into seeing how the different brands presented themselves in magazines, their deck graphics, logo designs and the way the brands collaborated with artists and photographers etc. I ended up studying graphic design after high school in the late 90s and then worked as a designer for years whilst always messing around with drawing, skate photography and painting. Then it wasn’t until around 2005 that I felt I was creating some unique artworks and actually wanted to show people what I was doing, so I began to get involved more in the local art scene and started showing work in group exhibitions etc. I had my first solo exhibition in Sydney in 2008 and then its all just kept rolling forward from there really.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014 – Photo-set

So, now the dust has settled after the amazingness that was POW! WOW! Hawaii, we’ve collated our favourite images from the event. Big ups to all the artists, press and people behind the scenes. Special shouts to Jasper Wong, Kamea ‘Dirty Thirty’ Hadar, Amy Luu Wong, all the drivers, Miya, Larry, Maria, TheSeventhLetter crew, Pangea Seed, RVCA, Werehaus, Arrested Motion, Hypebeast, the 1xRUN boys and the rest of the awesome people that made this happen. We can’t wait for next year!

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POW! WOW! Hawaii Block Party

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Here’s a few shots from the POW! WOW! Hawaii Block party that kicked off in downtown Honolulu last night. Lots of fun had by all and big ups to the sponsors and organisers for making such a great event come together! For the latest instagram updates, follow @rolyvna and @vnamagazine

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1xRUN Print Show – POW! WOW! Hawaii

TheSeventhLetter Groupshow was perhaps a hard act to follow, but in true POW! WOW! style, the 1xRun guys have stepped up their game and come correct with a sterling selection of prints from the artists, with a showcase of their trademark super-limited, time-released print series especially for the event. For the latest pictures from Pow! Wow! follow @rolyvna and @vnamagazine on instamagram

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1xRUN x POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014

The team at 1xRUN have joined forces with POW! WOW! Hawaii. This February 1xRUN will arrive in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, kicking off on February 3rd at 3pm EST with a series of 40+ print releases by participating 2014 Pow Wow artists, on a limited run until February 18th.

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With over 50 artists descending on the island to paint murals over two weeks, Pow Wow Hawaii is looking huge this year. As things come to a close, 1xRUN will host a special print exhibition on February 14th at Loft in Space / Fresh Cafe. 1xRUN has also partnered with Pangea Seed, a local non profit organisation, to exhibit prints from their archives and their new Sametan figure, customized by over 30 global artists.

Featured Artists attending this year include: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue, Angry Woebots, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe, Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla.

Plus local Hawaiian artists curated by Estria, Prime, Jasper Wong & Kamea Hadar, Aidan Monahan, Meleanna Meyer, Ckaweeks, Beak McFlaps, Brook Parker and Carl Pao.

www.1xrun.com/runs/Pow_Wow_2014_Featured_Artists

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Kuremba, Kureba, Kwiga – Mural Project Invite

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The Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga initiative is about Creating, Seeing, and Learning, with the idea of creating a platform that works with the arts to inspire social change. They are extending the invite to all to join them by creating a mural, or other work of visual art, inspired by a theme of ‘Positive Living’ to help share positive-living messages world-wide.

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Gaia Show

Last few days to see the Gaia show going down at Nelly Duff at the moment entitled ‘Show of Hands’. Definitely worth checking out!

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