Unique Damien Hirst designed guitars available to win in aid of Strummerville

A Fender Telecaster and an Eastwood Acoustic featuring exclusive Hirst artwork will be raffled at the Strummer of Love festival, on the weekend of the 17th, 18th and 19th August, tickets also available online.

‘Spot Fender Telecaster’. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

23 July 2012

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The signed guitars carry the designs of two of Hirst’s most iconic series: the spot paintings and the spin paintings. The body and headstock of the classic Eastwood Acoustic have been ‘spun’ with household gloss using a technique employed by Hirst since 1992, whilst a Fender Telecaster has been painted with grids of acrylic spots according to the artist’s most recognisable and prolific series of paintings.

All proceeds from the raffle of the artworks are going to Strummerville, a charity set up by the friends and family of musician Joe Strummer in the year after his death. The organisation seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them. Hirst, a close friend of Strummer, has been a dedicated supporter of the charity’s work since its inception in 2002. He explains: “I love Strummerville […] as it gives kids and adults the opportunity and platform to create and record music for a wider audience. I hope that by donating these two guitars much needed funds can be raised to help carry on supporting the brilliant work they do.”

On the weekend of the 17th, 18th and 19th August, the Joe Strummer 10-year Anniversary Festival is taking place in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset. A one-off opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Strummer, all funds raised by the event will go directly towards helping the charity. The 5,000-capacity festival features a line up including The Pogues, Seasick Steve and Frank Turner. Mick Jones and the Justice Tonight Band will close the festival, in what will be a memorable and emotional set. Please visit Strummer of Love for festival tickets.

Online raffle tickets are available for £20 until Thursday 16th August, when the Strummer of Love gates open. Tickets will then be available onsite for the duration of the festival for £10. Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones will draw the winning ticket on the final day of the festival.

Both guitars were on display in the window of Other Criteria, 36 New Bond Street, W1S 2RP until July 30th.