AfriKids Ambassador Dave Brown ('Bollo' the Gorilla from The Mighty Boosh) put on a photography exhibition in partnership with AfriKids at The Strand Gallery which ran from 5th-15th December 2012 inclusive. Tough Crowd showcased photographic portraits of some of the most popular and well known comedians on the circuit, including Jimmy carr, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lauren Laverne, Lenny Henry, Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt and many more.
Dave says "Comedians are by their very nature tough, they have to be. We always see them mucking about with big smiles on their faces, but in the early days, when they were starting out, it has to be one of the hardest jobs in the world. I want to capture a glimpse of these thick skinned, seriously tough, complex, moody characters and try to show them in a different light to the happy go lucky image we’re used to”.
Tough Crowd exhibition on tour of UK
Following the incredble success of Tough Crowd at The Strand Gallery back in December 2012, Dave Brown decided to take this critically-acclaimed exhibition on a tour of the UK, which began in Norwich at Flint and Fabulous Frames and ran until the 12th October 2013. Tough Crowd then went on display at the Oriel Colwyn in Wales from 21st October 2013-4th of January 2014.
Back in December 2013 the exhibition received a two-page spread in The Independent, as well as listings in Timeout, ShortList and many more. The Observer also featured a two-page spread on Dave Brown’s Tough Crowd exhibition. Limited edition prints of Dave’s stunning, haunting portraits are available to buy from the AfriKids website for £50 for an A3 and £75 for an A2, with proceeds going to AfriKids projects.
The exhibition was in Glasgow for the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March 2014 and is now on its way to Newcastle. Please keep an eye on Twitter @AfriKids for updates.