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Planar 1/1 Secret 7"

Secret 7” presents Planar 1/1

Major artists customise Rega Planar 1 turntables for humanitarian aid charity Help Refugees.

Bid on one of a kind turntables by Sir Paul Smith, Morag Myerscough, Alison Goldfrapp, Haroon Mirza, Rana Begum & more.

Turntables to be displayed at NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula, London 4th – 3rd December.

Live stream auction hosted by the auction collective on 3rd December.

On 3rd December, the seventh and final Secret 7” will culminate in Planar 1/1, an auction of customised Rega Planar 1 turntables by world-famous artists including Sir Paul Smith, Morag Myerscough, Shona Heath and Gregor Hildebrandt.

The auction will be open for pre-bids and registration from Tuesday 20th October with The Auction Collective. Open to the public, those who are interested in taking part can bid in three ways: over the phone, with absentee bids or via the live stream on 3rd December at 19.00 BST. Proceeds will go to this year’s Secret 7” charity partner, Help Refugees.

The turntables will also be exhibited at Greenwich Peninsula’s NOW Gallery from 4th – 12th November. Booking a timed entry ticket is essential via Eventbrite.

The return of Planar 1/1 is sure to delight art collectors and record enthusiasts around the world. Using a white 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.

Sir Paul Smith and Morag Myerscough have used acrylic to create turntables featuring their signature bright patterns. British artist Haroon Mirza has incorporated lighting into his design in homage to Gysin and Burroughs’ Dreammachine in his turntable ‘A Dreammachine of Sorts’, while 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’.

“I was brought up surrounded by music, my father, Henry Myerscough, a viola player and session musician in the 60/70/80s. He played with the Beatles (named on the white album), Bob Marley, Elton John and all the greats of the time. As a child, the record player in our house was sacred and we had to get permission to use it so that we did not damage the needle! (I am glad times have changed). I now have that record player, it holds many memories and I remain respectful.” – Morag Myerscough

Elsewhere, Chrissie Macdonald has experimented with stained glass and Phillips-Walmsley have used 23 carat gold within their 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.

Full list of Planar 1/1 contributors:

Alison Goldfrapp
Charlie Oscar Patterson
Chrissie Macdonald
Gregor Hildebrandt
Haroon Mirza
Isabel + Helen
Lauren Baker
Morag Myerscough
Phillips-Walmsley
Pure Evil
Rana Begum
Rayvenn D Clark
Sir Paul Smith
Shona Heath
Tony Hung

Planar 1/1 follows on from Secret 7”, the much-loved anonymous charity record sale which marries art, music and humanitarianism hosted at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula’s cultural platform for exciting design, art and fashion exhibitors. For the uninitiated, Secret 7” invites world-leading artists to create one of a kind record sleeves for iconic tracks. Among the 700 designers creating sleeves for this year’s singles are Anish Kapoor, Tacita Dean, Jadé Fadojutimi, Lubaina Himid, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mark Wallinger, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Jeremy Deller. Following a public exhibition at NOW Gallery, all 700 sleeves will go on sale via a public eBay auction on 1st November, with proceeds going to Help Refugees.

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