I was invited to three schools in London to run artists workshops around the theme of city river life. We chose to focus on irrigation, plumbing and sanitation. The results will be displayed as photo collage banners along the South Bank, all commissioned for The British Council and Totally Thames Festival. Here’s some photos of models made by students of Coombe Academy, using household cleaning materials to celebrate those who keep our cities clean.
I designed a website concept for a CGI website, as Part of the ‘Story Of Water’ project with Totally Thames, Thames Water and UTC (part of UEL). The site will be an annotated environment built by students of UTC, describing elements of the Water Cycle and Water Treatment processes. My characters (Dr Plumber, Plumber’s Mate, Broll-E, Mallard, Squeaky-Clean, Bob et al) will guide visitors around the content. A broader narrative universe has also been created around the characters, of which I will share details soon.
In February I ran a puppet workshop across three days at my local National Trust site Sutton House. The work was a response to a project run by Golden Spies, around the House Garderobe (Tudor convenience)- the oldest toilet in Hackney. Apparently it was built for a royal visit by King Henry 8th himself! I chose pound shop cleaning utensils as materials for the participating children, who created wild and wondrous results…
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.