Monday, November 17, 2014

Year of the bus update

The Year of the Bus sculpture trail was launched last month with a spectacular display of decorated buses in Trafalgar square. The 60 buses all individually designed by artists, now form 3 trails in the capital, in Westminster, by the river and at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Organised by Wild in Art and Transport for London,  the project celebrates 60 years of the routemaster bus. The buses will be auctioned to raise money for 3 charities, Kids Company, Transaid and the London Transport Museum.

My 'Brollybus' inspired by the iconic London Transport posters of the past, and featuring St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge to represent the past and the present, is situated by the Millennium Bridge on Bankside, near the Tate Modern.

More information can be found at Transport for London 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SW Illustrators Exhibition 'Picture Tree'

On for one week only is the SW Illustrators exhibition 'PICTURE TREE' at the fantastic new venue of 44AD Artspace Abbey St, Bath.

The exhibition consists of varied artwork from picture book illustrations to sculpture, prints to models and represents 13 members of SW Illustrators.

I have several ink and coloured pencils drawings, prints and sculpture on show.

Opening hours
Tues 30th Sept - Sun 5th Oct
11am-7pm ( except Weds 12noon -7pm & Sun 1pm-4pm)

'Shell' bronze resin sculpture

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Farewell to the Hares


Arrangements for the end of the Festival

13th September – “A Concert for the Hares” by the Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble
8pm in the Parish Church. Tickets (£10) from the Visitor Information Centre in the Corinium Museum
14th September – “A Blessing of the Hares” in the Parish Church.Service starts 6pm. Open to the public.Therefore, from the 12th of Sept we will begin to gather in all the hares and we intend to have as many hares as we can in the Parish Church for these two events
27th September – 3rd October – “Farewell to the Hares & Gala Auction Preview”Open to the public with small charge with Free access to Auction ticket holders.
The Assembly Rooms will be open from 10am to 4:30pm (TBC)
4th October – Gala Auction in the Assembly Rooms, Kings Head Hotel from 6pm.
This is a ticketed event so for details of how to register for the auction, secure a ticket and obtain a copy of the ‘The Little Book of Hares’ (Auction Catalogue) please email and we will send you details.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Year of the Bus

It's been a very busy year for me with public art projects. After painting half a dozen hares and a book bench I was lucky to get the opportunity to paint a bus for another fantastic Wild in Art project.

They are working with Transport for London and the London Transport Museum to bring 60 of the 8ft long bus sculptures to the streets of London in the autumn. 2014 has been designated the 'Year of the Bus' to celebrate 60 years since the creation of the first Routemaster. The sculptures are based on the new Routemaster bus which was launched earlier this year.

My design was inspired by some of the iconic London Transport posters of the past, which featured decorative umbrellas. The 'Brolly Bus' has 56 ( I think!) colourful umbrellas against a sunshine and showers rainbow sky and autumn leaves. Old London is represented by St Paul's Cathedral and new London by the Millennium Bridge.

The sculptures will be auctioned at the end of the year to raise money for charities Kids Company and Transaid and the London Transport Museum.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

London Rd Gateway Regeneration Project

I have recently been commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council to work on some designs that will be laser cut onto new CorTen steel tree planters. These will be sited on the A4 London Rd in Bath, in the Snow Hill area, as part of the London Rd Gateway Regeneration project.

I'm delighted to be working with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of With Words on the community consultation phase of the project.
We have called this 'Words on the A4' and are inviting the local community to get involved. Alan will be visiting the Gateway Community Centre, local shops and businesses, and roving round the area gathering spoken and written words which will inform my designs. Alan specialises in the Haiku and Renga forms of poetry and can also help you create a poem from your words if you wish.

Have you got something to say about what this area and its community means to you?

You can contact Alan at or me at

You can follow us on twitter @WordsonTheA4 or blog which will be going live very soon.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hare and Seek in Cirencester

The wonderful Cirencester Hare Festival trail of around 50 giant hares, is now adding the new 'Hare and Seek' trail of small life size hares.
This will be great fun for hare-spotters! From 24th of May until 27th of June small decorated hares will be hidden inside Cirencester shops, cafes and offices open to the public. You will need to collect a ‘Hare and Seek passport’ from the Visitor Information Centre or Information Point at the Town Council Offices in Binhgam House. This passport  will be available from the 27th of June once all the small hares have gone into hiding!.
Then you can set out to find them all! Your passport will be stamped by the retailer each time you successfully locate a small hare. Enter your accurately stamped passport into the prize draw!  The ‘Hare and Seek’ trail will end on September 14th and the result of the prize draw will be announced on September 30th.

I have created a special life size hare for the Hare and Seek trail called 'Party Hare'! He's a colourful fun character who likes to go to every party and even help out while he's there. His black coat is a magnetic blackboard so he's very useful for writing special messages on or holding little notes!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Books About Town

My Charles Darwin  bookbench design is now finished. It will be winging it's way to London  very soon to become part of the wonderful Books About Town trails.

Organised by Wild in Art and the National Literacy Trust the project will see dozens of book benches  placed on the streets from 4th July to encourage people to read and support the work of the Literacy Trust.

The special book benches painted by artists and illustrators are all celebrating books that have a connection with the capital, and  they will be auctioned in the autumn to raise funds for the the Literacy Trusts's many important projects.
The bookbenches will be out until 15th Sept, so take a book and enjoy the summer in London!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Charles Darwin inspired book bench design progress

My book bench design inspired by Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species', is progressing well. The design is based on the 'Tree of Life' metaphor that he used to explain the connection between all organisms.

I have used a great variety of leaves on the tree to symbolise the human race. The roots of the tree hold images that represent the history of evolution.... from microscopic life, to fossils and man's ancient early artefacts.

Books About Town is organised by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art and aims to celebrate stories linked to London and promote reading for enjoyment.
The benches will start to appear on the streets of London from 4th July and will be in place until early September. They will then be auctioned to raise funds for the work of the National Literacy Trust in helping to raise Literacy levels for people of all ages.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Further progress on my bookbench for Books About Town

It was great to have visitors over the weekend on the Newbridge Arts Trail, checking out progress on my bookbench for Books About Town the latest public art project organised by Wild in Art in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust

I've now sketched in most of the design on the back and have just started the tree on the front, so it's really starting to take shape.

Watch this space for further progress pics!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Books About Town Progress on my Bookbench

My fantastic Bookbench was delivered by Charlie from Wild in Art last week. We only just managed to squeeze it through the gate! 

Books About Town  will place a number of Bookbenches around London this summer, which will feature artwork based on books and stories that celebrate links to London and aim to encourage reading for enjoyment.

This is my design inspired by Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'. 

Darwin moved to London in 1837 to concentrate on publishing his journal and findings from his voyage on the HMS Beagle. He also became a Council member of the Geological Society of London. After 20 years of exhausting  research and work, his theories on evolution, 'On the Origin of Species' was published in 1859. 

It is one of the most important pieces of scientific literature ever written and yet I doubt many people have a copy on their bookshelves!

Here is a work in progress photo...... hoping it won't take me 20 years to finish!
My studio will be open to the public next weekend as part of the Newbridge Arts Trail so anyone can come along then and see how it's progressing.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Books About Town

I'm thrilled to have my 'Tree of Life' design commissioned for Books About Town a public art project for London this summer.

The project is a joint venture between Wild in Art and The National Literacy Trust and will feature a series of BookBenches, individually designed by artists, to celebrate stories linked with London and to promote reading for enjoyment. The benches shaped as open books, will be unveiled in various locations across the capital from July 2014. Well loved illustrators creating designs include Ralph Steadman, Paul Kidby and Lauren Child.

My design is inspired by Charles Darwin's book 'On The Origin of Species' published in 1859. This being such a mammoth topic I chose to concentrate on the concept of the Tree of Life which Darwin used as a metaphor to describe the relationship of all life on earth in an evolutionary context.  There is an excellent documentary on the subject by David Attenborough which you can watch a clip of on the BBC.

Here is a sneak peak at my design. On the back rest of the BookBench I'll be painting a stylised tree with a variety of leaf shapes to represent the variety of species on earth. On the seat will be the roots of the tree, ( to represent the roots of all life on earth) interspersed with simple depictions of the history of the evolutionary changes, from single cell microscopic organisms, to fossils of past life forms and early man's representations of his own species and the animals around him.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Countdown to Cirencester Hare Festival begins

It's only two weeks to go now until the launch of the Cirencester Hare Festival on 29th March.

With designs by local artists, companies and celebrities, over 30 large hares will bring colourful and fun public art in the form of the Hare Trail, to the streets of Cirencester throughout the summer.

My first hare commission 'Harebelle' was for The Twelve Bells on Lewis Lane. This historic building has been the Twelve Bells Inn for 150 years or more, presumably named for the Cirencester Parish Church of St John the Baptist, whose full complement of 12 bells were installed in 1722.

The Inn now has a micro brewery producing their own ales and will be creating a very special pint for this summer named Harebell after the hare!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cheeky chap on TV

Here's the cheeky chap on TV...obviously talked his way in to an earlier appearance !

Hare on TV!

Look out for my 'Harelequin' hare who will be making a guest appearance on local TV tonight, Friday 28th Feb at 6.30pm when BBC Points West do a feature on the Cirencester Hare Festival.
Only 1 month to go until the trail starts and Harelequin goes to Ingleside House

Monday, February 24, 2014

Harelequin Hare

Here's a sneek peek at my Harelequin Hare design, for the Cirencester March Hare Festival He is being sponsored by Ingleside House a beautiful venue in Cirencester which also has the Barn Theatre on site, so Harelequin will feel right at home!

The Hare Trail is being launched on 29th March with 30 larger than life hares decorated by artists, schools and businesses . Proceeds from the sales of hares will go to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for the development of the Churn Walkway

Friday, January 17, 2014