Anish Kapoor, Paul Smith, the Chapman Brothers and Morag Myerscough are creating 7-inch Vinyl Single Covers for Secret 7"

Secret 7" has returned for 2018 – and the first set of artists taking part has been announced, including some household names. Their 7-inch single sleeves will be among 700 created by artists, illustrators and designers to raise money for the MIND charity.


Secret 7" is back – with 700 artists exhibiting work to raise money for the wonderful mental health charity MIND.

The project follows the same format as previous years (though it skipped 2017). Artists and designers create and submit 7-inch vinyl sleeves based on one of seven tracks chosen by the organisers. 700 selected sleeves are shown at an exhibition – this year at Jetty in Greenwich, London. On the final day, the sleeves go on sale for £50 – but purchasers won't know who the sleeve is by or even what track it's for until they buy.

This year's tracks are The Clash's I’m Not Down, Eurythmics' I Saved The World Today, Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should’ve Come Over, Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand, London Grammar's Help, Manic Street Preachers' No Surface All Feeling and Primal Scream's Damaged.

Image: a hilarious sleeve by The Original Design Factory for Chvrches' Clearest Blue from 2016.  

2018's sleeve creators included fine artists, illustrators, designers and musicians. These include Sir Anish Kapoor and Sir Paul Smith – who also took part back in 2016 – and previous contributors Jake & Dinos Chapman and Jeremy Deller. Designer Morag Myerscough is creating a sleeve for the first time.

Others producing work include artists Rana Begum, Sarah Maple, Stuart Semple and Ragnar Kjartansson, The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, photographer Pennie Smith, and stage designer for Beyoncé and Kanye, ES Devlin. We're particularly looking forward to see what taxidermy artist Polly Morgan creates


In 2015, queues were long to buy the singles, with 30 people camping overnight – and 550 singles were sold on the sales day at the end of the exhibition. The rest were auctioned on eBay.

Image: by Dan Genders for The Jam's Art School.  

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Each year, there's a mix of styles from hand-drawn illustrations to digital work to screenprints and a selection of 3D works such as this painted on bathroom tiles.

Some works were instantly recognisable as being by particular artists, though sometimes these are red herrings created by other artists.

Image: by Jean Jullien (left) for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better; by Joe Rogers (right) for The Jam's Art School.  


Some of the works took a serious look at the subject of the song....

Image: by May Lin Le Goff for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better.


... while others, er, didn't.

Image: by Broos Stoffels for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better. 

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Others were beautiful...

Image: by Jaimee Paul for Jack Garratt's Worry.


scary...

Image: by Stewart McMillan for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better. 


creepy...

Image: by Chris Simpson's Artist for Max Richter's Dream 3.

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furry...

Image: by Mark Adamson for Max Richter's Dream 3.


hand-stitched...

Image: by Lucy Sparrow for CHVRCHES's Clearest Blue.


simple...

Image: by Sean Purdy Jack Garratt's Worry.

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photographic...

Image: by Juno Calypso for Etta James' At Last


or just rather lovely.

Image: by Adrian Johnson for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better.


This year's charity is Amnesty International, and the exhibition/sale is being held at the Sonos Studio space in Shoreditch (last year was a Somerset House).

Image: by Lucas Donald for The Jam's Art School.

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As last year, the Secret 7" exhibition will be accompanied by events and workshops – including one by Pete Fowler.

Image: by Jono Brandel for CHVRCHES's Clearest Blue.


Sponsor Monotype offered free access to its collection of typefaces to use on creator's sleeves.

Image: Karan Singh for Etta James' At Last.


Image: by Gavin Turk for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better.

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Image: by Angela Bardakijian Jack Garratt's Worry. 


Image: by Kennardphillipps for John Lennon's Imagine


Image: Timo Lenzen Max Richter's Dream 3. 

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Last year saw artworks created Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Julian Opie, David Shrigley, Martin Parr, Sir Paul Smith, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Urs Fischer, Bob & Roberta Smith, Modern Toss, Tatty Devine, Paul Insect, Bompas and Parr, Pure Evil, Stanley Donwood, Mr Bingo, Goldie and Pete Fowler – all created to raise money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Read on to see some of last year's sleeves.


Last year the artists had to design cover art for one of seven singles: The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers, Diana Ross & The Supremes' Reflections, Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx), The Chemical Brothers' Let Forever Be; St Vincent's Digital Witness, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer and The Maccabees' Go.

Secret 7" 2015 received over 20,000 visitors between April 10 and May 3.

Image: Bompass & Parr's heat-sensitive take on Diana Ross & The Supremes' Reflections.


Image: David Shrigley's cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.

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Image: Julian Opie's cover art for The Chemical Brothers' Let Forever Be.


Image: Matrin Parr's cover art for Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx).


Image: Martin Parr's cover art for St Vincent's Digital Witness.

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Image: Modern Toss' cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.


Image: Sam Taylor-Johnson's cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.


Image: Sir Paul Smith's cover art for Diana Ross & The Supremes' Reflections.

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Image: Sir Peter Blake's cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.


Image: Stanley Donwood's cover art for Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx).


Image: Yoko Ono's cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.

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Image: Jean Jullien cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.


Image: Listen04's cover art for Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx).


To get involved, sign up at billetto.co.uk/secret-7. Be aware that your recording will be done in front of the public.

Image: Hattie Stewart's cover art for The Rolling Stones' Dead Flowers.

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Other events include a series of talks hosted by It’s Nice That, Grafik, Eye Magazine and journalist Pete Paphides.

Image: There were a lot of anatomically correct hearts this year.


Image: Sam Coldy's cover art for Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx).


Image: James Midwinter's cover art for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer.

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Image: Matt Murphy's cover art for St Vincent's Digital Witness.


Image: Cassandra Yep's cover art for Underworld's Born Slippy (Nuxx).


Image: Abby Stephens and Zoë Maxwell's cover art for The Chemical Brothers' Let Forever Be.

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Image: Jacon Chpaman's cover art for The Maccabees' Go.