outdoor events

I have produced work for large and small scale outdoor theatre shows and events, designed and made huge props, processional devices, costumes, banners, site decorations, stages, devised produced and performed in shows and events, organised childrens parades and pageants, festivals, fire shows, and bonfires both in the UK and abroad. In over 20 years of work I have collaborated with many of the best artists, makers and producers in the field of street arts and celebrations

working in collaboration with richard broderick we produced the 'mortal orchestra' street show which has toured throughout the UK , Europe and the USA.The mortals are made using the catalan carton technique which Iintroduced to the north east after learning from catalan artists working with MIA in manchester.


I have made some full size valencian style fallas with richard broderick and lisa delarney . this one was for the hexham bonfire event which burnt before an audience of 17000. I also used it among other things for the head of a giant fish which was fixed to the metro bridge at north shields metro




and a set of 'gigantes' for 4corners music network as part of which I led schools workshops in Barcelona


Some women and men (from the far left) yorkshire rose made for a parade in york with fran keay,liza lawson atop a big frock for walk the plank in newcastle, hexham in bloom with will pym, a maid in love for 4corners.

two puppet women with helen law, a big floating head and some skull lanterns for walk the plank and oscar wilde for liverpool lord mayors parade for liverpool lantern company.




dancing birds with helen law, big fish for artscope, fire goddess temple bonfire under construction,

world aids day lantern parade for artscope, giant exploding jukebox for lanternhouse international, fire godess temple burning
steel and brass wings for walk the plank,adoration of the crows, ambient theatre show with richard broderick for gateshead council,one of a pair of penguin stage decorations for artscope
  dolphin narrow boat for walk the plank, lantern archway with helen law for newcastle council,fire god for newcastle new year event for walk the plank and event international


parade float for liverpool lord mayors parade for walk the plank, tea pot lanterns with helen law for newcastle council and car mounted hoover for liverpool for walk the plank,


handmoulded concrete

I have worked with concrete in many contexts from massive public art projects to small ciment fondue castings. here are a couple of examples

naters bank fishscape, north shields.

I was a project manager and a lead artist with richard broderick for this sculpture which at the time (1986) was the largest public artwork in the north of england. constructed over a period of several months with a team of 15 people. original design maggy howarth, produced by freeform arts trust

playground sculptures, newcastle.handmoulded painted concrete.
I was lead artist and project manager in a collaboration with jyl friggens, angus watt and richard broderick for freeform arts trust. It has design elements inspired by an ACE funded visit to Nigeria where I researched indigenous architectural decoration


wood carvings

are fun to do



public artwork

or art in public places

billboard, benwell. Fibreglass with casts of local people's hands. when not displaying signs the billboard becomes a giant mirror oversize sofa for shipley art gallery, sited in the childrens area it has the effect of rendering big people small
a stainless steel gnomen, amble. at 6m high one of the UK's largest


ridge tiles and finials for fish quay design centre, north shields. winner of a royal society of arts 'art and architecture award' and designed for freeform arts trust. below a ten metre long mural for a morpeth school hall. made with sixth form students



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