Tonight is your last chance to check out Pissed Modernism: a small-scale but visually enticing exhibition that combines art, politics and most importantly, craft beer. That’s right… BEER ART!
The event was originally inspired by the sudden surge in political awareness throughout Scotland that grew with every day in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014. Curator and established illustrator, Marco Bevilacqua, invited artists to create and submit work to display at the – now annual – exhibition that reflected or commented on the world around them (everything from socio-political issues to lolcats). Oh, and the opportunity to have your work appear as a label on a bottle of beer.
It was specifically this aspect of the Pissed Modernism proposal that peaked three Front Pagers’ interest. The beer, of course, not the politics thing. Myself, Mark and Kath all submitted some options and to our delight we each ended up with a bottle of brew sporting our work. So naturally we made our way through to Edinburgh straight from work for the opening night for a swatch at the installment and marvel at the work of all the other contributors.
As well as looking amazing, this wall of beer bottles featuring unique and fascinating labels of all styles and colours, it had a much greater purpose. Not only is all the beer donated by craft breweries such as Barney’s Beer, Black Wolf Brewery and Edinbrew, but each one is sold with all proceeds donated to a worthy cause. This year the chosen charity is Cahonas Scotland who are dedicated to raising awareness on the subject of male cancers (they pride themselves on talking bollocks, their words not mine).
So if you can, we highly recommend you pop through to the capital (if you’re not already there) and visit The Number Shop on Pleasance. Failing that, follow them on Twitter or like the Facebook page to stay in the loop for next year. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink a beer with a label they’d designed themselves?