July see’s the launch of Brighton Gin’s Artist’s Edition Pride limited release bottles featuring new artwork by local creative Dave Pop!, writes Nick Mosley.
Celebrating the diversity, sheer cheek, and beauty of Brighton’s queer scene these exclusive art-bottles go on sale during Pride month and throughout Brighton’s Summer season.
Gin lovers can collect two distinct designs on 700ml Pavilion Strength bottles, every one numbered and signed by the artist.
Dave Pop! is a Brighton based artist, specialising in bright, bold pop art, with a generous topping of seaside sauce. A former Chocolatier, Dave’s first solo show ‘Wonderful Darling’ took place at the Brush Gallery, Brighton. He has exhibited at the Theatre Royal, and Brighton Palace Pier and is inspired by pop art stars, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Koons.
Dave is inspired by Brighton’s cheeky seafront and bright lights and uses vintage fairground style art and carousel horses in his artworks. A large-scale mural by Dave Pop! at the station greets visitors to the city and his unique style can be seen around town.
“I chose mer-people for my pride label design because they are perfect for my saucy seaside style of art, and also there are tattoo parlours on every corner in Brighton”, said Dave. “The tagline ‘Cheers Queers’ was an obvious choice to celebrate the wonderful diversity of Pride”.
Each year Brighton Gin collaborates with an LGBTQ+ artist to not only platform their work, but to raise money for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, the Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organisations. From each bottle sold 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Rainbow Fund. Released as an initial run of 500 bottles in each design and individually signed and numbered by the artist, every bottle is a unique artwork in miniature.
Kathy Caton, founder of Brighton Gin, said; “I am blown away by Dave Pop’s work. These bottles encapsulate the spirit of Brighton and everything that we stand for and love about this city. After several years of cancelled Prides because of the pandemic, I love the celebratory quality of his design and his fabulous ‘Cheers Queers’ tag line. We’re very proud of our track record in giving back to our community and are delighted to again be supporting the Rainbow Fund by raising crucial funds to support grassroots LGBTQ+ organisations in our city.”
“Dave Pop! Artist’s Edition Pride Limited release bottles feature on Brighton Gin 40% Pavilion Strength, our original hand-made craft British gin. Super-smooth, clear and bright in the glass, the subtle notes of juniper and persistent hints of orange make this gin gentle and approachable. Brighton Gin is the UK’s first Vegan certified gin. It's handmade in Brighton by a small team aiming to contribute positively to their community and build an ethical global brand”.
The limited edition bottles are available from independent retails across Sussex and online at www.brightongin.com