Monday, 15 December 2014

Arts Festival at Southmead Hospital - see the movie!

A three day festival of arts events and activities involving patients, staff and visitors was the culmination of Southmead Hospital Bristol’s public art programme. The Fresh Arts Festival brought poetic first aid, a knitting installation, model car racing, promenade theatre, music on the wards, and a programme of activities to celebrate the opening of the new building.  Spike Print Studio supplied print workshops, which took place in the Atrium - an impressive space which runs the length of the new hospital building.  There l am with a hopefully satisfied customer.  Thanks to Jim Wileman for use of the photograph.

The festival took place in October 2014. It celebrated the role of art and creativity in the new hospital and helped create a caring, creative community at the heart of hospital.

North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing, Sue Jones said: “I thought it was a fantastic three days; so inspiring. The festival brought a real sense of community to the hospital and was so beneficial for patients. It was like breathing soul into the building. We’ve designed the hospital to be a healing environment, and the arts programme has made that personal for people.”

Willis Newson curated and produced the Festival in collaboration with the Trust’s arts programme Fresh Arts. A film about the festival has been created by Josh Gaunt, and can be viewed here:

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Shaun in the City

Swarms of cartoon sheep are to appear in Bristol and London in 2015, decorated in various ways.  I'm one of the artists lucky enough to have a design chosen.  

Over 100 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep created by artists, celebrities and designers will be placed in iconic locations and beautiful green spaces across London and Bristol, before going to auction to raise money for children in hospitals across the UK.

Shaun in the City is brought to us by the team that created the award-winning Gromit Unleashed which saw Aardman’s loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I'm having a competition - take part and win a print

I put this picture on Twitter with the message "Count the triangles and win a pie", and received replies asking what kind of pie, and what kind of triangles were included.  So l realised it must be a real competition.  And now though the main prize is the print itself, and the pie is going to be a second prize.  It costs £2 to have a guess, and all the proceeds go to Kidscape.  Go to Just Giving to learn more, have a go and make your donation.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Bristol - Walled City Map

I have been lucky enough to be involved in a project with several others at Centrespace, where I have my Studio.  Through funding from Bristol City Council, l have been illustrating buildings in Bristol's Old City area, for a walking map and historical guide that follows the route of the original Saxon city wall, which although it no longer exists, the streets still follow the course of the wall.  

This image is of Broad Street and shows the Church of Saint John in the Wall, the now defunkt NHS walk in Centre, and the ornate Art Nouveau Everards Printing Works.  In the background is a building on Nelson Street, home of See No Evil, Bristol's street art festival.   I like the the way buildings from all different periods are all put together in Bristol in an apparently random manner.  It is part of what gives the City its character.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


My work is hanging in the Jam Factory in Oxford during January.  The Oxford Times kindly wrote a review.