IDLES pop-up art exhibition


Last night saw the launch of IDLES pop-up art exhibition to coincide with the release of their latest album ‘Joy As An Act of Resistance’.

Holed up in a tiny art gallery in the heart of Hoxton, guests were treated to an old school kids party spread of Party Rings, Haribo and assorted crisps, as they perused artworks by various mixed media artists such as Nigel Talbot, Orland Weeks and Tao Lapsley. 

Each piece of art related to a song on the upcoming album, with highlights being a painting of a crazed man with peace symbols for eyes, wearing a beret that had modified the Navy’s Death or Glory symbol with the logo for Apple and Nike, as well as a painting of a cheerful anatomical heart framed by the lyrics; “I’m scum. If it’s laugh or cry; we cry laughing!

The pop-up art exhibition will run from 30th-31st August at the HM Electric gallery from 12-8pm. Entry is free and every piece of art is for sale, with all proceeds from the exhibition being donated to the Samaritans charity who support people who are struggling and at risk of suicide as they feel they have nobody to turn to.

Words by Tyler Damara Kelly