IDLES announce art exhibition in aid of Samaritans

Credit: Tom Ham

Set to take place on 30 and 31 August at HM Electrics Galleries London, the exhibition is for a good cause. 

IDLES have announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance. Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at:

HM Electrics Gallery
65 Nile St.
London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, with contributions from:

Orlando Weeks
Nigel Talbot
Tao Lapsley
Russell Oliver
Robin Stewart
Tom Ham
Dapper Signs
Chris Nicholls
Ed Barrett
Beth Cater

The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity.

Last week the band shared further new material in a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled Samaritans. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery.

Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says: “There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song.”

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

30 August – London, Banquet Records, 9pm
31 August – Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
31 August – Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
03 September – Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
03 September – Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
04 September – London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
05 September – Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
05 September – Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
06 September – Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
06 September – Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
07 September – Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm