A few weeks ago I made a trip to Bristol to check out the first Any Forty Versus exhibition. The show looked like it was gonna be too good to miss, so I packed a bag and hopped on the next train to Temple Meads to make sure I didn’t miss out on the action.
Despite the sauna-like conditions of the Start The Bus gallery, the night was a great success. Brand owner Al Wardle had gone to every length to make sure the night was a success, drafting in a whole crew of friends to help out and even nipping out for extra beer when supplies ran low. The whole room was tied together nicely, with each piece of art using the same pantone of greens and pinks to ensure they worked as a group of pieces and not just ad individual prints – really nice touch. The gallery was finished off with a massive mural (in the same colours) by Rich T, which brought the whole room to life, the pictures don’t do it justice at all.
My favourite pieces on the night were Another Example’s Owl and Timba Smits Roller Babes, along with pieces from Mr Gauky, 123Klan and Melbs. The evening was finished off with a huge charity raffle, with tonnes of prizes available including clothing, street art books & mags, prints and toys. I scored a couple of prizes – Another Example’s Owl print and a zombie Droplet by Bristol based designer Gavin Strange.
Congratulations to Alan and the whole Any Forty family for a great night and a very successful exhibition. Copies of many of the prints from the night, along with the limited edition Any Forty x 123Klan tee are up for sale now at the Any Forty store, with all proceeds going to the Knowle West Media Centre. It’s for a good cause, and some awesome artwork could be yours for as little as £15, do your bit.
Photography by: The Daily Street