Kevin Coyne exhibition planned for Derby

kevincoyne2An exhibition of over 50 paintings and drawings by Kevin Coyne is being staged in Derby this autumn by three men who are passionate enthusiasts for his music, writing and art – and they are appealing for help to finance it through a crowd funding website.

Kevin Coyne, who was born in Derby and died at the age of 60 in 2004, was an important player in the contemporary music scene in the late 60s and 70s and became something of a cult figure.

As well as producing over 40 albums Kevin was also painting, drawing and writing through his lifetime and this exhibition is the first that will include all aspects of his work.

It will open on November 21 and run until February 7 at the Dance and Arts Centre Déda and an accompanying exhibition of further work by, and associated with, Kevin will run at the University of Derby’s Markeaton Campus in the city November 21 until December 19.

Alongside the display at Déda the University of Derby’s College of Arts will host more work including rarely seen and unseen footage of Kevin in performance and discussing his work.

The project marking the anniversary of his death is the idea of David Manley, Doug Smith and Paul Warren who is a lifelong friend of Kevin.

They already have enough backing from the key venues for the show to go ahead but with the help of the public via crowd funding they hope to make the project bigger and better.

If they raise the cash they want to produce a catalogue to accompany the show, and stage an opening weekend celebration with films, readings and live music over two days.

Professor Huw Davies, Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Derby, said: “It is fitting that Kevin should be celebrated here, as he was a student at the Derby School of Art for four years in the 1960s”.

And Déda director Stephen Munn, said:  “it is a fitting exhibition to show off the newly expanded and renovated centre that will be sure to attract national and international attention.”

In return for support pledgers will receive ahead of the event a priority VIP invitation to the exhibition launch.

Further pledges of support include a limited edition of postcards of some of Kevin’s paintings, a tee shirt, catalogue, free admission to the celebration weekend of performances, a limited edition framed print and for  top level pledgers a special Kevin Teddy Bears’ pack.

To pledge your support go to the crowd funding site click here http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/happy-little-fat-man-an-art-show-by-kevin-coyne/? there is also a video on the site explaining why the three men are staging the show.