I'm primarily a visual artist with a wealth of experience collaborating with musicians and performing acts.I've taught art and worked closely with bodies such as New York’s Groundswell Community Mural Project, the UK Department of Health, the Royal Institute of British Architects, National Network for Art in Health and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children with an aim to promote the social and therapeutic benefits of art in public spaces.
Whilst a student, I was heavily involved in a number of community art initiatives in south London. This included a short period as a Director and Chair of The Brixton Artists Collective (BAC) in the early 1990s. After three years involved in BAC I co-founded Artsway Ltd, a promotion company for visual and performance artists in the UK. The company was behind several programmes combining art, poetry and music at London venues such as the Southwark Playhouse, The Oval Theatre and Questors Theatre Ealing.
My experience of public art programmes includes work with Core Creative, a collective of UK based visual and performing artists co-ordinating art projects for young mental health patients and the New York Mural Project 'New York City is a Rollercoaster’, the first collaboration between NYC Department of Transportation, the Office of the Mayor and Groundswell Community Mural Project: A small team of artists including muralists Belle Benfield and Chris Beck, designed an image to modernise and rejuvenate the entrance to a 900-foot-long subway underpass previously seen as a dark and unwelcoming tunnel. It now features a vivid representation of the history and diversity to be found in Washington Heights.
I continue to work on projects in the UK and US and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others.
Wishing you well!
Posted on May 1, 2013 at 14:36
Well, here begins another avenue of communication with peers, friends, fellow artists and individuals sharing an interest in areas that enrich life, awaken inner spirits and provoke thought. I’m familiar with various networking sights such as facebook, LinkedIn and myspace but, to date, I have been rather reluctant to fully exploit the advantages of technology, communicating frequently in the virtual world. However, I realise this is one of the quickest and most effective mediums of making…Continue
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 13:00