No Strings Attached brings together some of the biggest names in music for a unique creative project, in partnership with Gibson Gives.
Over fifteen renowned musicians and performers – including The Proclaimers guitarist Zac Ware have created original artwork on the soundboards of Gibson J-45 acoustic guitars.
Framed alongside scratch plates signed by the artists, the artworks will be exhibited at the iconic Scotch of St. James music venue in central London before being sold in an online auction. Prints from the project will also be on display throughout the auction at the South Mills Arts centre in Bishop’s Stortford.
Participating artists are -Boy George – Coldplay – Gary Numan – Jim Cregan and Rod Stewart – John Illsley – Jimmy Pursey – Mick Hucknall – Minnie Driver – Noddy Holder – Pete Doherty – Pure Evil – Ralph McTell – Rosanne Cash – Suggs & Paul Weller – & The Proclaimers
Proceeds from the auction will be shared between the Gibson Gives foundation, and Retune, a UK charity that inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through music and the arts.
Gibson – the leading global guitar brand – supports the global music community through its philanthropic arm, Gibson Gives. The mission of Gibson Gives is to support non-profit organisations worldwide in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and health and wellness initiatives.
29th September – 14th October: Online auction at
3rd – 4th October: Two day public exhibition of the soundboard artworks at the Scotch of St. James – 13 Masons Yard, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6BU. 11am-5pm. The iconic 1960s club will be turned into a pop-up gallery using specially commissioned lighting, walls and graphics. All of the original, framed artwork from the project will be on display, with live music taking place during the daytime.
26th September – 14th October: Prints and project info on public display at South Mills Arts – 1-3 South Rd, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG
The exhibition will include full-size reproductions of all the artwork, as well as a large feature wall.
For over 130 years, the iconic and leading American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations and programs in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, health, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $4.5 million and enabled $46 million in funding for key organizations through product donations and meaningful giving worldwide. For more information, visit: https://www.gibsonfoundation.org
Retune is a charity that inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through creative outlets such as music and the arts. Creativity can be defined as ‘anything you can lose yourself in’. Retune delivers workshops in schools, universities, colleges, hospitals and prisons, as well as putting on high calibre live shows that encourage performers and audiences to be open about their experiences. Retune’s SCALES model,with six ‘strings’ representing different areas of mental wellbeing (Sleep, Creative, Active, Listen, Earth, Social) can be used as a preventative self-help tool that might reduce the number of young people seeking professional help or ending up in mental health crisis. Retune is supported by the NHS and carries out its work all over the UK, wherever services are required. The message is simple – we all go ‘out of tune’ from time to time, and it is important to have strategies up our sleeves in order to achieve mental ‘harmony’ once more. For more information, visit: https://www.retunewellbeing.com
Eazl CIC is a creative social enterprise that conceives and realises projects and events focused on art and music. Intended to be both fun and meaningful, the projects often include a fundraising goal, working to support partner charities.
Past projects have included a UK-wide arts project inspired by the only collective painting ever made by the Beatles and endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney, and Art in a Box – a recurring initiative that has seen original artwork created by the likes of Coldplay, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Boy George and KT Tunstall.
For more information, visit: eazl.co.uk