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Damien Hirst produces art for music charity

— August 2012

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Damien Hirst's tribute to Joe Strummer - the guitar's accoustic but the decoration is quite 'electric'

Damien Hirst reveals two new works for Strummerville charity raffle to mark 10th anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death

Damien Hirst has announced the unveiling of two brand new pieces of art. The examples have been produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death, and support the charity Strummerville through a public raffle.

As a mark of respect for the legacy that The Clash left behind, Hirst has painted and modified a Fender Telecaster electric and an Eastwood acoustic guitar.

Echoing themes from his previous work, the electric guitar is adorned with the artist’s renowned dot forms in acrylic paint, whilst the unique acoustic piece employs a spin-painting technique using household gloss to achieve the end result.

Both pieces will be entered into an online public raffle with all proceeds going towards Strummerville: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, which was set up in the singer’s memory by his friends and family following his untimely death.

Tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased at: Tickets will also be available at £10 for punters at Strummer Of Love festival this summer, 17–19 August.

The winning tickets will be drawn live on stage at the festival by former Clash guitarist Mick Jones on Sunday August 19.

The guitars will go on display to the general public in London at Other Criteria gallery on New Bond Street in the run up to the festival.

Damien Hirst said:

I love Strummerville and have supported it since it started ten years ago as it gives kids and adults the opportunity and platform to create and record music for a wider audience. I hope that by donating these two guitars much needed funds can be raised to help carry on supporting the brilliant work they do.

Strummer of Love, the Joe Strummer 10th Anniversary Festival, is a one-off opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Strummer.  All funds raised by the event will go directly towards helping Strummerville: The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music, a registered charity set up in honour of one of music’s brightest lights. Strummerville’s capacity to continue its work will be greatly increased through the proceeds of the festival, which takes place in Somerset over the weekend of 17, 18 and 19 August.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

To see the varied projects Strummerville has supported please visit:


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