A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to show artwork at Making Waves.
Happy Gallery's 'Making Waves' pop-up gallery for Surfers Against Sewage showcased over 40 pieces of original artwork, limited edition prints and sculpture by several artists at the Coningsby Gallery in London.
The work, and show, based on the theme 'Ocean & Pollution' was a huge success, with a fantastic turnout enjoying the hottest day of the year! Amazing response was seen in reviews and sales. You can view and buy limited edition prints in the 'Making Waves' Shop.
Surfers Against Sewage
The shows beneficiary - Surfers Against Sewage is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. SAS projects target environmental issues affecting beaches including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping and coastal development. SAS has over 50,000 active supporters across the UK.
A note by James on why SAS was the show’s beneficiary:
“I wanted to help Surfers Against Sewage after having a wonderful week surfing in Perranporth, where unfortunately the raw sewage discharge from the Combined Sewer Overflow has a devastating impact on the water quality. I knew then that SAS was the organisation I wanted to help for all their good work through the means I’m familiar with: art and design”
Thinking deeply about the resources used in producing the show, we made every effort to use materials from ethical and sustainable sources. From the ink and paper used in the prints to the frames, canvases and even our business cards. We’ve used printers that use water-based inks, recycled ink cartridges, paper and wood frames from sustainable forests.
You could buy original artwork, framed and limited edition prints at the exhibition, mostly all first editions. More limited edition prints are available from our 'Making Waves' Shop.
Driven and supported by a larger team, the summer's Happy artists were; Ben Hewitt, Giles Dunn/Swami’s, Jack Crossing, James Cook, Maia Walczak, Mairi Hughes and Anna Mullin/Sneaky Racoon.
There was a raffle to win a belly board and the first 20 people through the door got a free custom Happy Gallery Surf Wax!
Setting up shop
Many thanks to the whole collective for helping set up. Mum's and Dad's for driving and Will for risking his life with Mairi's fantastic shop front designs.
To our sponsors: Factory, Siren, Texture, KO Leagues, Natalie Blass and Joseph Openheimer.
To our suppliers: Onward Display and George Penny from Ripe Digital for our paper, Roy Richards of Artistique Designs for our frames, St. Ives Brewery for the generous donation of many delicious bottles of their Artist's Pint!
To our friends and family, Monica, Mike, Natalie, Jo and Nick to name but a few. For networking, promoting, #hashtagging, facebooking and tweeting all about the show. The turn out was all down to you.