Big Painting – Decorative panels at Musicport

Great excitement this weekend as Musicport Festival sprung into life at The Pavillion in Whitby – musicians from all over the world came to play their music to excited crowds. As part of the festival a series of visual arts workshops took place with Primary School children from Whitby notably West Cliff School Primary and Airy Hill Primary – The giant boards had to be prepared and drawn up from elements of the children’s designs prior to the saturday and sunday painting workshops led by Whitby based fine artist Bridget Wilkinson and myself.

A fine time was had by all with the children showing remarkable levels of concentration throughout the workshops The children from West Cliff worked on the Jelly Fish with Bridget and I worked with the Airy Hill Children on the giant octopus.

The panels will join the 6 other panels completed by Whitby school children last year on permanent display at Whitby Pavillion.

Peters Map Queens Gardens, Hull

I was commissioned by Artlink in Hull to carry out this work a large scale public drawing event. Based on Peters Map – this is what happened ……

The earth is round. The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface.  Peters Map tries to redress this issue – by showing us an area accurate map of the world – of course in Peters Map Europe is still in the middle at the top – a legacy of the Eurocentric view of the world dominated by western culture and thinking. These were just some of the issues that came up for discussion – with participants in this map drawing event – my friend the illustrator and educator Gareth Sleightholme suggested that if you placed the Pacific ocean in the middle you would have a more representative and less hierarchical map – which I tend to agree with.

So lots of people joined in the map making process – here are some pictures of the days events – here are some images from the event