Misc : The Close Of A Strange Year

Well here we are folks – the twelfth minute of the eleventh hour of 2014… what an incredibly exciting, yet remarkably challenging, dozen months it has been!

As is usually the case, the Petting Zoo blogbeast, after numerous interesting and noteworthy events have passed, has eventually clambered up to the keyboard to allude quite enigmatically to a general sense of frenzied industry without really getting down to much discernible detail… predictably he’ll bullet-point some of the highlights like…

a poster for noise merchants “God Damn”…

two fun weekends of November Art Junky…

a meeting with a folks about to open a fantastic gallery in Old Portsmouth…

the launch of a promising Brighton Collective…

a Waterboys poster for the Isle Of Wight Festival…

and not one, but two posters for globetrotting synth boppers Fujiya & Miyagi.

Finally (after assuring the poor, neglected folk who have signed up to the newsletter, that all those points will at some point be addressed and published) he’ll whack up a flyer for some super imminent event that The Zoo is attending… Like this :

North Laine record fair Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables alongside Tru Thoughts Acid Jazz Sunday Best

Pop Up Record Fair at the North Laine Pub in Brighton – Petting Zoo’s handprinted wares will be nestled between stalls touting sweet vinyl treats by labels including Fat Cat, Sunday Best, Acid Jazz & event hosts Tru Thoughts

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Artprint : “Tru Thoughts 15th Year” Commemorative Poster

If you are quick you can get one of the last PledgeMusic box sets that the Brighton indie label have put together with a specially commissioned screenprint by the Zoo.

Celebrating their 15th year as a recording and publishing outfit, the guys at the Tru Thoughts office have put together a range of goodies including the odd signed poster by other artists that were published when Tru Thoughts acts have played various shows around the world – ours however was an especially commissioned edition of 55 and we’re pleased to report that pre-sales have very nearly secured homes for the entire batch!

Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables were asked to produce a commemorative print celebrating 15 years of Tru Thoughts

Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary Poster Commission – Screenprint, 4colours, 64 x 45cm – From an edition of 55

Click here for a chance to snag this box-set deal (£70) or to select one of the other various goodie bags ranging from £50 – £300
…or click here to see (and listen to) some of the quality acts that Tru Thoughts have brought the world (Alice Russell, Quantic, Bonobo, Nostalgia 77, Rodney P, Lost Midas, Youngblood Brass Band etc etc)

The Zoo will be printing a small number of artist proofs and studio proofs that will be available from our stalls at various events and fares or by emailing us (pzprints@gmail.com) …printing soon – we’ll update when done.

Thanks for reading.

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Exhibition : Aspex Gallery – Contemporary Makers Fair

Portsmouth's Aspex Gallery

The Aspex is found in the historic part of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

Just logging in quickly to tell you that Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables have a stall at the Aspex today (Saturday 9th) and tomorrow (Sunday 10th – duh!)…

Our second time here and very chuffed too – it’s a pretty slick space and has a great roster of shows and workshops – a real gem. Maybe catch a few of you down there – cheers!

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Gigposter : Loop – Primavera

Just a very quick blog to let you all know that we’re off to Primavera in Barcelona in a few days time! We will be manning the Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables stall at Flatstock Europe which is held within the festival site and it’s set to be quite an exciting time by all accounts – lots of friends will also be representing their studios and there’s a number on the roster that we’ve not yet hung out with – good times ahead!

Even more exciting is the news that we have secured a poster by long time favourites of The Zookeeper : LOOP!

psychedelic gigposter for LOOP by Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables - Primavera Spain

Loop, Primavera Festival, Barcelona – Screenprint, 3colours (process CMY)– A2, from an edition of 80

Focussing more on the sun and heat of Barcelona than perhaps the darker aspects of band imagery that a “soundhead” might have possibly expected, this poster still captures the boom and fuzz and howl of Loop’s hypnotic sound – the basslines of “straight to your heart” and “the nail will burn” were being hummed for lengthy durations whilst this poster was designed and printed… ah the heady days of 89/90 …good memories.

detail shot of the hand-printed Loop poster

detailed shot of the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow fizzing away on top of each other

We’ll post again when we get back – hopefully with some great photos… there’s plenty more good news to tell about the momentum we’ve picked up since The Stick Up at The Great Escape Festival – for now we’ll just reveal these 3 clues : Pie & Vinyl, Burgess, Wight.


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Competition : Framed Art Print (Knowledge) Winner Announced

So the night at the Northern Lights was quite a giggle and with the help of Peter Gosbee we drew a winner : Eric Leroy – Congratulations Eric!

petting zoo art raffle at the northern lights pub in Brighton

Clockwise from top left : Mr. Gosbee oversees the draw. A gent in these shoes couldn’t possible be untrustworthy. A lucky winner of a bonus raffle. The grand prize winner Eric Leroy!

A couple of other prints were also won in fun little 50p raffles and another lucky punter won her choice of critter to be depicted in an upcoming Petting Zoo mini-print (she chose a wolf lit by a full-moon, cool!).

We will be shipping Eric’s framed print in the next two weeks and just have to thank everybody who supported us and bought a ticket, the Knowledge Shop of North St Brighton, Peter Gosbee and the Northern Lights pub.

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Competition : Framed Print Raffle (Knowledge)

See our competition link above.

Framed art print - serigraph - knowledge shop art raffle

The framed piece on display in The Knowledge Shop, North Street, Brighton… one of the brilliant stockists we neglected to tell you about in the great blog famine of 2013

The deadline for buying tickets has now closed!

The draw will take place at The Northern Lights Pub in Brighton on Friday 16th at about 9pm
(6 Little East Street, Brighton BN1 1HT)

the winner will be pulled by random and the prize shipped from our HQ within 2 weeks.

Also up for grabs will be 3 art prints in a seperate raffle that can only be entered by those present – music will be provided (spun) by friends “French” Denis and Peter Gosbee and we’re pretty sure some good Scandinavian spirit will be enjoyed by all at the bar.

Just to re-iterate, winners for the main prize need not attend.

Thank you for your support and patience – wait till you read our next post about what is coming up as a result of that trip to SXSW we enjoyed thanks in part to your raffle ticket buying!

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Misc : April and May are MENTAL

OK so we have so much to do through this time let me tell you… I can’t  even sit here very long to edit or spellczech – everything is whizzing along!

petting zoo posters are featured on the bbc

Screengrab : A spot of PZ on a regional BBC spot
(this must have been 2013 – the venue was different this year)

We did Screenadelica at the Liverpool Sound City festival, coaching there, checking stock and hanging the show, then working the shop, then keeling over fatigued and drunk (x3 days), taking it down, re-checking stock and coaching it home to get stuff together for The Stick Up Poster Show which launches tomorrow (8th 9th & 10th of May) as an official part of the Great Escape!

front page of the great escape festival shows a petting zoo poster in an article link to the stick up poster show

Screengrab : The Stick Up Poster Show – fully endorsed as a partner of the Great Escape Festival
(spot the Wytches poster)

Do check out the website (thestickup.co.uk) and make a note of the trail… we have been so busy hanging posters – you wouldn’t believe!

the geese pub, sticky mike's frog bar, the green door store, the windmill pub and the create photography studio are all on the stick up gigposter trail

The Stick Up Trail 2014 : click on the pic for the downloadable/printable pdf

So we have work in The Create photography studio, the Green Door Store, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and also at a wooden rotunda by the Spiegeltent where great escapees will get their ticket’s traded for wristbands – great exposure!

so… give us a little break and we’ll get back to you about the raffle (sorry – it will happen)


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