Each year, Secret 7″ recruits artists and designers to create a one-off vinyl sleeve for an existing record. Sleeves are displayed in an exhibition and sold off in a charity auction a few weeks later. The identity of designers is kept secret until sleeves have been sold off, meaning bidders could unwittingly end up with a piece of art by a world-famous creative or a rising talent.
This year’s exhibition took place at The Jetty in Greenwich and featured 700 sleeves for seven tracks: I’m Not Down by The Clash; I Saved The World Today by Eurythmics; Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley; Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix; Help by London Grammar; No Surface All Feeling by Manic Street Preachers and Damaged by Primal Scream.
Designs were auctioned off yesterday and contributing artists have now been revealed on the Secret 7″ website. This year’s line up includes some impressive names – from artist Jeremy Deller and architect Anish Kapoor to fashion designers Phoebe English and Paul Smith. It also features a diverse range of artistic styles, ranging from surreal collages to detailed hand-drawn portraits and digital artworks.
You can browse the full set of sleeves and find out who created each one at secret-7.com/gallery. The identity of some designers will be obvious – anyone familiar with Modern Toss’s work will instantly recognise their sleeve for Castles Made of Sand – but others are harder to spot.
Remaining designs will be sold off in an online auction on Mind’s eBay page from June 28. Those still up for grabs include sleeves by Kate Gibb, Paternity and Malcolm Garrett. Bidding starts at just 1p and the auction ends on Sunday July 8.