I am a little shameless when it comes to self-promotion. If you do not rate yourself, how can you expect others too? I actively post on social-media, discuss ideas, my goals and dreams with anyone who will listen and email large organisations repeatedly in the hope to gain an opportunity that will help change my life.
Side Note: this is not vanity, this is just a little touch of determination and belief in my self-worth.
This shameless self-promotion using the power of social media and sharing, landed me the opportunity to paint some of my work upon the walls of a fresh new venue, promoting rad bands and other live acts. The Blackmarket VIP gave me an opportunity and a stepping stone towards more people knowing about me and my work. A variety of people walk through the doors of The Blackmarket VIP every day, which is a great promotional opportunity, for someone starting out like myself.
The Blackmarket VIP has recently been taken over by Ash Jacobs, who is reinventing the image and vibe of the venue, for the better. It was once a place where stuffy functions were hosted, resulting in a lack of atmosphere and charisma. Since the new ownership, the energy of the The Blackmarket VIP is crackling with exciting new prospects, resulting in it gaining popularity being ‘the’ place to watch fresh new acts. It encourages and appreciates diversity, allowing a space for artists, musicians and any creative to explore their craft with freedom and acceptance.
I was given a large canvas, and creative freedom within the venue which is what any artist craves. Working towards briefs is where the money lies, but creative freedom is where the happiness remains.
I have a love for exploring the shapes of insects, and I enjoy how uncomfortable they make people feel. I like the concept of discomfort and the weird within my own work and partnering two concepts together (which wouldn’t be commonly associated) is something I continue to explore. The Blackmarket VIP was a perfect space for my work, and Ash was completely willing to allow my crazy to be featured upon the walls. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to have my work exhibited in this kooky venue where I feel so at home.
I urge anyone with a love of the Arts to visit this venue. They are on all forms of social media, and have events every week, so there is no excuse to not check them out. This isn’t a paid promotion, this is just a genuine love for what this venue stands for, and I want more of you to know about it.
Have fun out there,