22 Jul 2008
Play & Display 
Art Vinyl, the pioneers of showcasing the aesthetics of vinyl records, have linked up with Joy Division / New Order bass player Peter Hook to launch a limited edition framed T-shirt commemorating Fac 51 The Haçienda.

The package will be launched with a Peter Hook DJ set at a special launch party at the Art Vinyl Gallery on East London's Broadway Market on 31 July 2008 which will also see the launch of an exhibition centred around Fac 51 The Haçienda and Hooky's exploits over his 30 years in the business.

With Art Vinyl's gallery to be decked out and transformed with authentic Haçienda decor and in the style of the Whitworth Street Club, the exhibition is set to feature original T-shirts and materials from the Haçienda, Joy Division and New Order alongside classic records made famous in the Haçienda's heyday in the last 80's and early 90's.

Art Vinyl's official FAC 51 The Haçienda Art / T-shirt package includes a T-shirt featuring the club's iconic "Use Hearing Protection logo" in a vivid "Haçienda Yellow" t-shirt contained in a specially-packaged Art Vinyl Play And Display frame.

Each one of the 501 individually numbered packs features the legendary yellow and black stripes synonymous with the Haçienda.

The T-shirts – all in size large – are wrapped around a transparent yellow plastic "Use Hearing Protection" 12" x 12" art print, meaning buyers can still enjoy the artwork as well as removing the t-shirt from the frame for wearing. The limited edition packs will retail for 105 GBP and the first 100 orders will be individually signed by Peter Hook.

Peter Hook, a founder and co-owner of The Haçienda, who now owns said, "What Art Vinyl have done is put together a great souvenir of a club which became my life really and means a huge amount to me, to Manchester and to the development of British music. Art and the design of our work was always central to what we did at the Haçienda and Factory and for Art Vinyl to put such effort and care into this piece shows that the influence of what we did is still strong today which makes me very happy."

Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps said, "The Haçienda was the cradle of for the dance culture which followed it. This is a unique piece of memorabilia which defines a new use for the Play & Display frame. Early indications are that it will sell out quickly."

Heeps created the Art Vinyl Gallery initially to showcase the art of vinyl records. The Gallery has featured exhibitions by labels such as Mute, Sonar Kollektiv and International DJ Gigolos.

Out of that grew the need for a frame which showcased vinyl records to their best advantage. The unique feature of the Play & Display frame is that the contents can be removed and exchanged while the frame is still fixed to a wall.

Said Heeps, "The Haçienda pack promises to open up a whole new category of memorabilia and merchandising. We are already talking to other bands and labels about further editions."

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Exhibition: The Art Of Fac 51 The Haçienda and Peter Hook
31 July 2008 to 27 August 2008

Thursday 31 July 2008
from 6pm onwards
FAC 51 The Haçienda comes To Art Vinyl
Peter Hook (DJ set) and guests
20 Broadway Market
London E8 4PH
Tel: 020 7241 4129

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