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TONIC chosen as official charity for 2Tone exhibition

TONIC have been chosen as the official charity for the amazing 'From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the rise of 2Tone' exhibition at the Barbican.

David Burke and Mark Baxter the curators of the exhibition, currently running at the Barbican Library until May 25th, explain why they have chosen TONIC as their official charity.

The free-to-enter exhibition is a journey that starts in France and Belgium at the time of the Great War and ends in 1980's Coventry. The exhibition explores the hugely positive influences on British youth culture that Caribbean immigration has brought, and is bringing to Britain. Using music genres and fashion as the timeline touch points the show includes architecture, art and literature as well as personal contributions from fans and 'faces' alike. It's an exhibition for the fans by the fans.

The curators of the exhibition David Burke and Mark Baxter said 'we are delighted to be working with Tonic Music For Mental Health as our official charity. We have long admired the work they do and with the much missed Terry Hall of The Specials being a founder patron of the TONIC, we see this association as a perfect fit'.

David Burke (left) and Mark Baxter (right) curators of 'From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the rise of 2Tone'

"Mental health is a subject close to my heart so to be able, through the exhibition, to work with TONIC and contribute to the great work they do is an honour for me. Keep The Faith!"

"I have seen for many years the great work that TONIC undertake in the field of mental health and so it is a personal pleasure to now work with them during our 5 months at The Barbican.

I look forward to the journey ahead."

A massive thank you to David Burke and Mark Baxter from all of us at TONIC for making this happen, more news on the collaboration will be announced shortly.

For more information on the exhibition visit



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