Back in 2018 I shared with you the customized REGA turntables designed by various artists that were auctioned for charity. This year, Secret 7″ has done it again, only with 15 artists!
Custom Turntables Help Refugees
Using a Rega Planar 1 as a canvas, each artist has pushed the boundaries of the open brief, repurposing and reconditioning the turntable into a novel piece of art.
One-of-a-kind responses included British artist Haroon Mirza’s incorporation of Gysin and Burroughs’ Dreamachine in his turntable lighting into his design in homage:
Tony Hung, who has previously used neon for Blur’s 2015 album Magic Whip, has used the material in his unique design, ‘3 A.M. Somewhere Out of Beaumont’:
Chrissie Macdonald experimented with stained glass:
Phillips-Walmsley used 23 carat gold within her design:
Musician Alison Goldfrapp, set designer Shona Heath, street artist Pure Evil and Kent-based artist Charlie Oscar Patterson have interpreted the brief in a more sculptural way, incorporating three-dimensional structures into their turntables.
The one of a kind turntables will have their very own exhibition from Secret 7″ at the NOW Gallery, from 4 – 12 November, after which they will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to the Help Refugees organization. Help Refugees are a charity with minimal overheads and maximum impact. They go where the need is greatest, find the local organisations doing the most effective work, and give them what they need to help people – whether that’s funding, material aid or volunteers.
The auction is now open for pre-bids and registration with The Auction Collective. Those who are interested in taking part can bid in three ways: over the phone, with absentee bids or via the live stream on 12 November at 19.00 GMT.
In addition to the turntables, the painting shown above by The Connor Brothers is included within the auction entitled ‘Call me Anything but Ordinary’.