BRISTOL – BRISTOL BEACON / 20th > 23rd May 2021
YORK – THE CRESCENT / 27th > 30th May 2021
LONDON – PICKLE FACTORY / 10th > 13th June 2021
MARGATE – ELSEWHERE / 17th > 20th June 2021
BIRKENHEAD – FUTURE YARD / 15th > 18th July 2021
Yuppies Music presents Super Cool Drawing Machine, a touring exhibition of musicians’ “other” artwork.
The exhibition will take up residency at independent music venues in Norwich, Bristol, London, York, Birkenhead and Margate, in 2021. See full dates and venues listed below.
Rising from the ashes of the Covid-19 crisis, Super Cool Drawing Machine is a celebration of the visual art created by a host of internationally acclaimed, touring musicians. It is set to bring engaging and exciting artistic creations – and a much-needed dose of fun – back into the UK’s treasured music spaces.
featuring…ALABASTER DEPLUME (london only)
BEX BURCH (of vula viel)
night flight: CATE LE BON,
FRÀNÇOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
THIS IS THE KIT
YUMI AND THE WEATHER
Via LOUD AND QUIET
HOW DID THE PROJECT COME TOGETHER AFTER YOU HAD THE INITIAL IDEA? HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT APPROACHING THE ARTISTS INVOLVED?
During lockdown I had been chatting to some of the artists I collaborate closest with, exchanging book recommendations, sending each other cute care packages in the post and generally trying to keep moral up… Leafcutter John really encouraged me to run with the idea, he recommended other artists like Ed Dowie and Bex from Vula Viel… Rachael Dadd was like ‘ohhh you should totally speak to Kate Stables about her pinhole photography’… The more I thought on it other ideas popped to mind, ‘Daisuke Tanabe makes his own fishing lures, I wonder if he would send me a couple…’ So it started to spread like a split cup of coffee down a flight of stairs. Initially I had 10 artists in mind at 1 location and iv ended up with 30 artists and a touring show with 6 residencies!
HOW DID THE ARTISTS REACT? WERE ANY OF THEM A LITTLE SHY AT FIRST?
Folks became excited at the idea of getting involved in something tangible, something that could exist without being a substitute to touring… There was a bit of shyness from some actually, it gave me a chance to encourage, like John had done for me before. I’m really into folk art, rudimental stuff, so it was easy to encourage musicians to present things that may seem amateur that actually give a real insist into their creative process and their imagination. Some artists have jumped at the opportunity, putting together exclusive merch for the gift shop or creating completely new pieces for the show…
HAS THIS PROJECT – AND YOUR OWN ARTWORK – HELPED AS A CREATIVE OUTLET OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS?
Its certainly given some of the artists something to aim for, a deadline to focus on, I think that’s important. For me personally the beginning of lockdown was tough, just watching shows disappear off a cliff edge, I distracted myself with craft, I actually submitted something to Grayson Perrys art show and he showed it on the telly. It gave me a real boost, the confidence to be bold and do something new, I was thinking of sacking it all in to become a postman… I still think being a postman would be cool though.
IS THIS SOMETHING YOU SEE CONTINUING IN FUTURE?
I am conscious that we will need the art world to accept us a little, I’m a bit nervous of that. I certainly would like to though, iv got loads of other ideas too, more interactive stuff, educational FUN projects that I think a lot of people are going to need in the coming years. The Arts Council have been kind enough to support this project which immediately allows us to look to the future and loosen up the stressful aspects. I’m starting a load of new relationships with some of these artists, when stuff does go back to normal I like the idea of continuing to work with them. The dream would be to get hold of a cool space and run solo shows or collaborations, make colorful and silly things that will make people happy.