The early career of drum and bass star and graffiti artist
Goldie will be featured in a new photographic exhibition at the
University of Wolverhampton.
The exhibition, ‘Stairway to Fame’,
will take place at the same time as the MA
Graduate Show and chronicles Goldie’s time as a breakdancer and
graffiti artist in Wolverhampton.
Goldie will be visiting the exhibition for a special preview
after he receives an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design from the
University on Friday, 3 September 2010.
The MA Graduate Show will showcase the work of over 50
graduating Masters students. Work on display will be from a wide
range of disciplines including Ceramics, Glass and Video
The Show will be at the School of Art
& Design in Molineux Street is open to the public from
Saturday, 4 September to Friday, 10 September 2010.
Goldie said: “Receiving a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design
from the University of Wolverhampton will be such an honour and an
emotional experience. I really look forward to the reception and
the exhibition afterwards bringing back fond memories of my youth
in and around the city.”
‘Stairway to Fame’ reveals Goldie’s creative roots in the
region. It is the work of Goldie’s former manager and agent Martin
Jones who carried a camera with him wherever he and Goldie went in
the 80s. He owns an archive of thousands of shots documenting the
early years of UK Hip Hop.
On leaving care at the age of 18, Goldie went to live in Heath
Town, where he painted the housing estate with scores of colourful
artworks, including his ‘Stairway to Fame’ series of murals in the
stairwells of high rise blocks on the estate that predicted his
future stardom. Wolverhampton Council recognised his talent by
commissioning him to create a stunning walkway at Long Ley Primary
School that later appeared in Thames and Hudson’s book on worldwide
Goldie was also a breakdancer at the height of Hip Hop in the
mid-80s: one shot shows him on tour with the famous Wolverhampton
crew The B Boys. His trip to New York in 1986 to meet the
originators of Hip Hop is captured with a shot of Goldie meeting
Prince Ken Swift of the Rock Steady Crew in Central Park.
His crowning glory as an artist, the superb 40’ x 8’ mural world
record mural sprayed live continuously over 12 hours at Pebble Mill
studios on Children in Need night in 1988 is also on show.
Goldie moved to London in the early 90s, when he was the prime
mover in developing Drum and Bass, a new genre of dance music. He
later moved into acting, appearing as Bond-villain ‘Bull’ in ‘The
World Is Not Enough’ and as ‘Angel’ in Eastenders.
The exhibition, on the ground floor of the University of
Wolverhampton School of Art and Design building in Molineux Street,
is open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 4 September, and
9am to 5pm from Monday 6 to Friday 10 September. Admission is
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Picture: Goldie with his fellow
breakdancer/graffiti artist Gary 'Birdie' Burns, in Park Village,
Wolverhampton in 1986, both wearing rare New York 'B Boy' street
wear. Photographer: Martin Jones
Date Issued: Tuesday, 31 August 2010
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