Martin Bedford -

MartinBedfordAvatarOriginally from Kent, Martin Bedford came to Sheffield as a 20 year old and loved the city so much, he stayed. After completing a fine art degree at the now defunct Sheffield Polytechnic's Psalter Lane art campus, Martin became part of the co-operative that launched the infamous Leadmill nightclub in 1980, creating silkscreened posters and flyers that set a new benchmark for gig promotion in the city. Martin's artwork became as much a part of the city's growing music scene as the bands themselves, and having produced his trademark colourful graphics for the hundreds of bands that played at the venue, Martin screened his last poster for the Leadmill in 1992 as the demand for digitally produced work increased. Since then, he has continued to produce artwork for various bands, gigs and events.
 
Most recently, Martin has published a book of his work, 'Up Against the Wall - Leadmill posters 1980 - 1992', and was also commissioned to produce a limited edition silkscreened poster - which was printed here at The Archipelago Works - promoting Eve Wood's independent documentary on Sheffield's musical history 'The Beat is the Law'.

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