I work with schools and community groups to produce large-scale imagery for carnival events. I train artists, teachers, classroom assistants and parents the design and construction techniques to enable them to work alongside me in production of these and smaller hand-held lanterns. Images here show :
Bedminster Winter Lanterns, an annual December event since 2011 involving over 1000 people of all ages in the making of lanterns large and small.
The Goram Fair , Blaise Castle Estate the Giant Goram was built with people in Avonmouth, Hengrove, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Shirehampton.
Lawrence Weston Carnival and Making Light
Hartcliffe and Withywood Lantern parade
I use glass tesserae to create these pieces with children and with adults, the result of research and workshops using drawing and photography. The projects illustrated here are installed in Bristol at:
Oasis Bankleaze School, Lawrence Weston
Lawrence Weston Community Farm's Orchard Apple
Oasis Long Cross Children's Centre, Lawrence Weston
Avonmouth Children's Centre
acta Centre, Bedminster
Elmlea welcome sculpture, cement, fused and slumped glass (with Barbara Ash and Cathy Lewis)
Stockwood Health Centre fountain, cement, fused and cast glass, mirror mosaic
Sea Mills Children's Centre sign, cast resin with inclusions, steel
Long Cross Children's Centre Infants entrance relief panel 2015
Garden figures at Kingwood Women's Refuge 1999, cast cement, steel wire
Filton Avenue Primary School Garden figures 2007, steel, cast cement, mosaic
Stairwell mural, Bankleaze Primary School, digital print on board 17m x 2m (removed by Oasis Academy)
Oldbury Court Snuffy Jack relief, cast cement (with Oliver Hayle)
St Bernard's Primary School Photomural, Shirehampton. Inkjet on board 2.5mx 2.5m
Bringing young and old to work together creates a unique atmosphere where ideas and stories flow in a playful way.
A project begun in 2016 by Stef Brammar and myself to build up a collection of stories told by local people about the West Street area of Bedminster, Bristol as well as photographs, artefacts, maps etc, with the active participation of members of Memories of Bedminster and local people. This led to an exhibition which attracted over 1000 people over a three day period and to the publication of a book, West Street Conversations.
Open circle at Bluebell Nursery, Lawrence Weston (with Katie Delaney)
L Dub Hub Art Club, Lawrence Weston (with Simon Tozer and Barbara Ash)
Working outside, inspired by and using materials found or produced from nature- wood, stone, mud, clay, twigs and leaves.
Chat’s Arkestra (1978-82) featured in the Dalston Peace Mural, Hackney, London (unveiled 1985)
London School of Samba (1984-19880
Bristol School of Samba (1986-1991)
Bristol Reggae Orchestra (2010- present) at end of the Road Festival 2017
Troy Ellis and his Hail Jamaica Band (2017- present)
Projects produced using fused, slumped and kiln-cast glass