Viewing room


Group Exhibition

Jealous East

12 Mar 2020 — 17 Jun 2020

Ben Eine, celebrated street artist, has taken over as Guest Editor of The Big Issue to create an exclusive Arts Special Edition.The exhibition has now been extended due to popular demand (and corona)

The globally renowned artist has curated a one-off edition of the magazine sold by sellers to lift themselves out of poverty, bringing together over 60 different street artists from around the world. Much of the artwork contributed within the 52 page magazine will feature in an exhibition at Jealous Gallery, Shoreditch, London, from Thursday 12th to Thursday 22nd March. Some of the biggest names in street art from around the world, including Pure Evil, Obey, D*Face, Fanakapan, Shok 1, Lauren YS, Okuda and Vhils to mention a few are collaborating with Ben Eine’s creative studio, OurTypes and exhibiting their work for sale. The majority of profits will go to The Big Issue.
The theme of the show is ‘UP’ inspired by The Big Issue’s mantra ‘a hand up not a hand out’, in reference to its efforts to empower those in poverty to generate an income by selling its iconic magazine. Eine has created three very special, and hugely collectible, front covers on the theme of UP. Each eye-catching and highly collectable design carries a version of his signature typography. In partnership with The Big Issue, Eine will be releasing a small run of limited edition prints, with a percentage of sales going directly to The Big issue to support their work in dismantling poverty. Eine is one of the most celebrated street artists in the world and a pioneer of graffiti letterforms. He also designed an exclusive ‘CELEBRATE’ cover to mark the sale of the 200 millionth copy of The Big Issue in 2016 and has been a friend and supporter of the magazine ever since.
Guest editing The Big Issue has given me the chance to represent street art from my perspective, covering topics as diverse as graffiti and prison to the London Mural Festival. Getting ‘Up’ as a graffiti writer is driven by selfish motivations but it led me to street art, a platform where I can now speak up on important matters alongside all those involved in writing and selling The Big Issue.
Ben Eine, 2020
Rise Up' by Ben Eine, 2020

Amongst the must-see elements in the special takeover Big Issue are an interview with Shepherd Fairey, the artist who came to widespread fame after creating the Obama HOPE poster, the respected but normally shadowy 1UP collective, a look at the theft of ideas and intellectual property of street artists by major corporations, Blondie founder Chris Stein, plus some SIXTY original works by some of the biggest names in global street art. The magazine also includes an exclusive interview with Maeve Doyle, internationally renowned curator, artistic director of Maddox Gallery, podcaster and broadcaster for the BBC who has spoken to Eine about rebellion, the power of art and becoming a Big Issue guest editor. The Art Special Edition, available with three iconic covers designed and curated by Ben Eine, is on sale from Big Issue vendors across the UK for £2.50 from Monday 9th March.

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