I was commissioned to decorate two rooms in an immersive theatre fund raiser and educational project for All Saints ARK Academy in South London. The project focused on Maths Mastery; a programme making leaps and bounds in the teaching of maths in schools using visual language as it’s prime communication tool. It was my job to cover the walls with mathematical equations and diagrams. I learnt more about maths in the week I was there than I ever did in five years of secondary school!
In October 2014, I worked on The Big Draw’s anniversary celebration of classic comic characters ‘Pip Squeak and Wilfred’. I chose pavement art as a theme, as there are several references to this way of working in the comic strip, as well as other elements of British street life. Hundreds of participants grabbed some chalk and made their mark on the paving outside the museum. The sun shined all day and the street came to life with pictures,created by adults and children alike! More details here:
For our second group show at Silver Cloud Joe Duggan and I focused on the associated meanings of the word Cartoon. We interpreted the title as something created quickly, something physically animated, or something represented in a sub-real fashion. We contacted artists working with pop culture references, materials and narratives to create a kind of socio-political commentary around the title of the show, combined with a celebration of the joys of immediacy in art.
ARTISTS: Matt Cooper, Rob Flowers, Paul Kindersley, Sarah Bridgland, Lewis & Grimes, Sonia Shiel, Nevan LaHart, Cedar Lewisohn, Josh Knowles, Jake Clarke, Lydia, Jimp and Stephen Cornford. We also showed animation showreels on loan from the Rushes Short Film Festival and BFI.
Photographs by Bohdan Cap
In 2010 I was asked to draw visualisations of a proposed Thames Flotilla for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The artworks provided an anchor point to help pitch and produce the subsequent event in June 2012. In the run up to the event the main sketch was also used for syndicated press around the world from The Sun to American Vogue. Versions of the image also appeared on the official website masthead, merchandise and stamps in The Isle Of Man! Now it is showing in the Artists of the River pageant show at Pump House Gallery, Battersea, alongside (amongst others) Adam Dant, Chris Orr and David Hockney!!! More details here:
For The House Of Fairy Tales I designed and curated a media machine project in service to The HoFT Examiner newspaper and TV channel. We brought the machine to The Wilderness Festival and Open East Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where we collected and edited material to deliver a daily edition of news by the festival goers.
The first group show I curated with Joe Duggan at Silver Cloud we entitled ‘Elementalism’. Artists shown: Joe Duggan, Ellie Doney, Andrew Dodds, Sophie Windsor-Clive/Liberty Smith and Stephen Cornford. Check out the press release for more info. Reviews were favourable, including a 4 star review in Time Out.
For Alex James Present Harvest festival I was commissioned to design and produce a series of on site artworks and set pieces.