As the summer approaches there is more than the 2018 World Cup on the horizon for Football Beyond Borders (FBB). Having completed the relocation to the new Angell Town Estate the organisation is in the process of readying the space into a functioning youth centre for the local community.
London-based creatives Gordon Reid and Callum Stephenson have invited 20 designers and illustrators – including Hey Studio, Craig Oldham, and the Yarza Twins – to create artworks inspired by their favourite and humorous moments from past World Cups to raise money FBB’s multi-purpose community centre. The works have been printed on to limited edition beer mats which will be displayed in pubs throughout London, or available for pre-order with your own packs for £5 here.
Discussing the inspiration for the project Reid says: “There have been so many weird and surreal moments in the World Cup over the years, these crazy things that go down in history that people forget about after a bit but are the talk of the town for the months of the World Cup. This is the crux of it – celebrating these hilarious moments.”
“We have a really nice mix of either completely iconic moments in history like [David] Beckham being sent off, to little niche things such as a piece by [illustrator] Ben Tallon, who found it hilarious that when Roy Keane got sent home, the next day he would be filmed walking his dog looking really annoyed,” Reid says.
FBB’s co-director Jasper Kain explained: “Every World Cup has moments that will be etched long in our memories. And it’s fantastic that a project can reminisce on these moments creatively to build something long lasting for the future.”
He added: “This project underlines what try to do with our young people at FBB – harnessing people’s passion for football to create exciting public products for a real-life audience!”
To learn more about the project visit: https://weirdworldcup.com/