If throwing parties was an Olympic Sport, Arthur Smith AKA Artwork would be a shoo-in to represent the UK at Tokyo 2020. The Croydon native has been such an integral part of the UK dance music scene, for so many years, that it's often easy to overlook some of his accomplishments.
As we gear up to welcome Artwork into Ministry for his first ever club takeover, let's take a look back at some of the more unbelievable moments of Artwork's party-starting career.
Artwork moves into Ministry of Sound on Saturday 9th March, get tickets & more info here.
Big Apple Records
Everyone knows that to throw a good party, you need good tunes. Artwork spent years working at Croydon's notorious Big Apple Records. The shop single-handedly birthed Dubstep and was frequented by everyone from Plastician to Skream, Benga to Hatcha. Artwork would go on to rent out the studio above the shop. Along with a string of great acid and techno tracks, Artwork produced some of the biggest UKG records including UK No.1 Single "Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Beddingfield.
Magnetic Man Stage Invasion
Every party needs a little mayhem and Artwork can cause more than most. At the 2010 edition of Spain's Benicassim music festival, Artwork headlined the Fiberfib.com stage alongside Skream and Benga as their dubstep supergroup, Magnetic Man. After an excited Skream invited fans up on stage, more than 200 hundred people stormed on stage. The party lasted only a few minutes before organisers cut off the music. To this day the three artists are still banned from the festival.
The First Art's House
Sometimes to throw a good party, you need to pull a venue out of thin air. In 2015 Artwork did the impossible and created the first Art's House from a single tweet. He asked Twitter if anyone was up for him throwing a party at their house. They picked a winner and one Wednesday night he descended on a house in East London with a sound system, smoke machine, lasers and a bar. Artwork, Skream and Route 94 DJed and Art's House was born.
What's better than a party? A party with pizza. In April 2016 Artwork made national news when he successfully got a Dominos Pizza delivered to a moving train. Travelling from Leeds to London. The story was covered by The Independent, The Telegraph, The Metro and more.
Art's House Festival
There comes a time at every party where you have to decide whether to go big or go home. Last year Artwork went very big indeed with the biggest Art's House to date. In August 2018, Artwork took over Three Mills Island in East London. Naturally, he'd been working on something appropriately awe-inspiring for the event. After much teasing on social media, Artwork unveiled his massive two-story terrace house, purpose built for the festival. He invited his favourite DJ, DJ Harvey, to share the decks with him for an all day, all night knees up.