Last week was a First Thursday event that we were all super stoked about.
A few months back, street art journalist and master chef Matt Strutt formed charity Give Crohn’s a Slap From Me. Aiding Crohn’s and Colitis UK, the charity brings together some of the artists from around the world to design a ‘slap’ in the form of a Priority Mail sticker which were sent back and collected to go in to an exhibition and eventually a book to be sold for the cause. Our event showcased a bunch of the UK based artists involved and saw them painting live on super-sized recreations of the stickers.
We were joined by Jim Vision, Si Mitchell, SPZero76, Captain Kris, Squirl, Neil Ennui, Ronzo, Bill Dirty30, Mr Penfold, Saki n Biaatches & Bob Motown. With each of their key signature styles, the team painted their Crohn’s inspired artwork on the boards on the Rockwell rooftop. Meanwhile we could sketch up their own pieces in scattered sketch books and munch on the best jerk wraps (provided by Mamas Jerk Station) whilst they rocked out to the sounds of Dusty Ohms and a very special performance from the mighty Reeps One.
This was an incredible event, and one that couldn’t have happened without the inspiring efforts from Matt Strutt and his loyal team. Being a sufferer of the disease for over 22 years, Matt felt so strongly that more awareness needed to be raised. In the UK alone there are over 90,000 people suffering with Crohn’s disease, and within those the numbers of young people are rising fast. Only 20% are diagnosed and the illness is often overlooked. Matt continues to raise awareness of the charity and we are sure that this is the first of many events to come.
If you would like to donate or find out what you can do to support this great cause, then you can donate in two ways, either via text GCAS99 + £ amount to 70070 or online www.justgiving.com/matthew-strutt. If you would like to find out more take a look at the GCASFM Facebook page here. This event was supported by Montana Black, Very Nearly Almost Magazine, Orchard Pig, Heineken, Moose & Yeti, Amateur Magazine & Chrome & Black.