1. Date of Birth
14 11 59, Born Craigmillar, Edinburgh, Scotland UK.
Peffermill Primary School/lismore Primary School/Portobello High School
1979-83, BA (Hons) Illustration and Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art
1983 - 84, MA Design Glasgow School of Art
2009 “Introduction to Cultural Planning”, Certificate of Achievement (distinction), Strathclyde University/Fablevision
Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2023 New Year Honours.
"Designer and Artist. For services to Art and to Cultural Heritage in Scotland."
4. Public/Community Artworks
2021 Spirit of The Highlands Tapestry (ongoing)
2021 Interchange Tapestry, Galashiels (ongoing)
2020 George Watsons Ladies School Tapestry (ongoing)
2019 Dundee Tapestry (ongoing)
2019 Aberdeenshire Tapestry (ongoing)
2019 Allermuir Tapestry stage 2 (ongoing)
2019 Tapestry for Europe (ongoing)
2018 Mount Felix Tapestry new panels for touring New Zealand
2018 Cancer tapestry (ongoing)
2017 Allermuir Tapestry (completed 2019, ongoing stage 2)
2017 Battle of Pinkie Tapestry (ongoing)
2017 Declaration of Arbroath Tapestry (completed 2020)
2017 “Welcome panel” Great Tapestry of Scotland for Galashiels building
2017 Clackmannanshire Tapestry (ongoing)
2016 Kirkcaldy tapestry panel
2016 Royal College of Midwives tapestry panel (completed 2018 )
2016 Picinisco tapestry panel (completed 2017)
2016 Renfrewshire Tapestry (ongoing)
2015 Mount Felix Tapestry (completed 2017 )
2014 “People’s panel” (completed 2015)
2012 Gordon Highlanders Tapestry (completed 2014)
2011 Scottish Diaspora Tapestry (completed 2014)
2010 Craigmillar Tapestry (ongoing)
2010 Great Tapestry of Scotland (completed 2013)
2009 Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry (completed 2010)
2021 Threads Sculpture, Great Tapestry of Scotland Building, Galashiels
2021 Aberlady Campsite train mural
2015 "Out There" Youth Mural, Craigmillar, Edinburgh
2010 Homage to Shale Workers Mural, Broxburn
2007 Muralmap, Prestonpans, Goth Carpark
2007 Sam Burns Mural, Prestonpans
2008 Transition project “Malawi”, Tranent Primary Schools Cluster project
2008 “197” Art Project, Port Seton Resource Centre/ Edinburgh Art Bus
2008 Battle Bus illustration for side of Van, Battle of Prestonpans Trust
2007 Youth Club Project, East Lothian Council
2006 “Golden Cow of Craigmillar” for Edinburgh Cow Parade
2008 Brick Mural St Gabriels Primary School, Prestonpans
2006 Mural in a Day “ Johnnie Cope, Battle of Prestonpans”
2006 “Prestongrange man” mural, Prestongrange Museum
2005 Witches Gestalt mural and exhibition
2004 “Powerstation” Mural, Prestongrange Arts Festival.
2004 “The new Prestoungrange ceiling”, The Gothenburg, Prestonpans.
2003 Pugh mural, Prestounpans Arts Festival/Prestonlodge High School
2003 Beehive Kiln mural, Prestounpans Arts Festival/Bromley By Bow Centre
2000 Corridor mural for children and staff, Wooden Spoon house, London.
1998 Graphic icons mural, Barnet College, UK.
1998 -99 History of Edinburgh mural, Scott Monument, Edinburgh, UK (revisited).
1998 Culture mural, Baleana Bay, Wellington, New Zealand.
1998 Technology Garden mural, Ballarat, Australia.
1996 Bakers mural, Fristch Restaurant Two, London, UK.
1996 Community mural, Roman Road Mural, Blackburn, UK.
1997 Local wildlife mural, Skelmersdale, UK.
1995 Learning mural, Barnet Hill, London, UK.
1995 Victorian shop fronts mural, Grants Department Store, Croydon, UK.
1995 Eco-Transport mural, Tally Ho corner, Finchley, London, UK.
1995 World Solutions Banner, World Solutions Banner, UK, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Ireland.
1994 History of Radcliffe town square mural, Radcliffe Town Square, Bury, UK.
1994 Story of Scotland mural, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
1994 Technology tree banner, South Bank, Melbourne, Australia.
1994 Mount Helen mural, Ballarat, Australia.
1994 Contemporary Melbourne banner, Melbourne, Australia.
1994 Graphical quotes mural, Barnet College, London, UK.
1993 The Aboriginal meaning of Ballarat mural, University of Ballarat, Australia.
1993 Italian landscape mural, Richmond, London, UK.
1993 Bakers mural, Fristch Restaurant, London, UK.
1993 History of Elephant and Castle banners. Elephant and Castle Shopping centre. London, UK.
1993 270 Coats of Arms of Scotland mural, Scandic Hotel, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
1993 Quotes of Barnet Banner mural, Old Bull Arts Centre, London, UK.
1993 Barnet stands at the highest point between London and York mural, Barnet Hill, London, UK.
1992 Space and games mural, Wellingborough Primary School, Northamptonshire, UK.
1992 Cotton mills mural, Oldham, UK.
1992 Travel mural, Waterloo Station, London, UK.
1991 Battle of flowers mural, Royal Square, St Helier, Jersey, UK.
1991 Bank workers mural, Slough, UK.
1991 History of Edinburgh mural, Scott Monument, Edinburgh, UK.
1990 Atlas mural, Elephant and Castle, London, UK.
1990 Dentist ceiling mural, Dublin Street, Edinburgh, UK.
1990 The 4 shoppers mural, Barkingside, London, UK.
1990 Sherlock Holmes mural, Baker Street, London, UK.
1990 Griffin mural, High Street Kensington, London, UK.
1990 100 stars mural, Blackpool, UK.
1990 Bank managers have wings mural, Oxford Street, London, UK.
1989 Balloons mural, Calles des Velazquez, Madrid, Spain.
1989 Whiteley facade poster, Whiteley Shopping Centre, London, UK.
1989 Ram’s head poster, Whiteley Shopping Centre, London, UK.
1988 History of Sheffield, Fargate, Sheffield, UK.
1988 History of Middlesborough mural, Middlesborough, UK.
1987 Fairest Isle mural, Oxford Street, London, UK.
1986 Mural Pavilion, Edinburgh, UK.
2021 The Great Tapestry of Scotland Colouring book, Birlinn Press
2021 Great Tapestry of Scotland, Birlinn Press (republished and updated)
2021 The Great Tapestry of Scotland: The Making of a Masterpiece, Birlinn Press (republished and updated)
2021 The Sector Book of Here by Alistair Moffat, illustrations and map. Canongate Books
2021 In Search of Angels, Birlinn Books, illustrations
2018 Culture, Democracy and the right to make Art, Bloomsbury Press (text: chapter on Community Arts).
2015 The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Prestoungrange University Press
2015 Front and back cover of "The adventures of Seabrave", Su Palmer Jones
2015 "The Bedrock", Henry Marsh, Book of Poems
2015 Front cover of 3 Harbours Arts Festival brochure
2014 The Story of Scotland (inspired by The Great Tapestry of Scotland), Birlinn Press
2013 Great Tapestry of Scotland, Birlinn Press
2013 The Great Tapestry of Scotland: The Making of a Masterpiece, Birlinn Press
2010 The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, Prestoungrange University Press
2009 Front cover of CAN Magazine illustration and article
2009 Front cover and Illustrations for WHOM DYKES DIVIDE by Helen Crummy, Small and Crummy Publications
2005 Darktown Books, Book One: Rehc That Fables, S+C Publications
2004 “The boy who wanted to play the violin”, written and illustrated, Craigmillar Communiversity press
1992 Let The People Sing Book, UK
1990 John Armit Winelist.
1989 - 91 Illustrator Design Week.
1989 - 91 Illustrator Creative Review.
1988 - 89 Illustrator The Observer magazine.
1987 - 89 Illustrator Time Out Magazine.
1986 - 88 Illustrator New Musical Express.
1986 Sad But True, Everything But The Girl songbook, WEA
Great Tapestry of Scotland
GToS building, Galashiels opened August 2020
Launched at Scottish Parliament 2013; Cockenzie House; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Anchor Mill, Paisley, Scottish Parliament (return); New Lanark; Great Hall, Stirling Castle; Ayr, Town hall; Kirkcaldy Art Galleries, Museum nan Eileen, (Sgoil Lionacleit), Benbecula; Verdant Works, Dundee; Spiers Centre, Alloa
2021 Bespoke building at Galashiels for Great Tapestry of Scotland
Declaration of Arbroath Tapestry
2021 Arbroath visitors centre, Arbroath
Mount Felix Tapestry
2017 Riverside Barn Arts Centre, Walton on Thames
2018 Riverside Barn Arts Centre, Walton on Thames
National tour of New Zealand 2018 - 19
Papakura Museum, Auckland: 1 August - 23 September 2018
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch: 6 October - 3 November 2018
Waikato Museum, Hamilton: 10 November - 2 December 2018
Expressions Gallery, Upper Hutt: 22 December - 4 March 2019
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin: 15 March - 29 April 2019
Wairoa Museum, Wairoa: 6 May - 29 June 2019
National Army Museum, Waiouru: 3 July - 30 September 2019
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
Launched at Prestonpans Community Centre (3 Harbours Festival) 2014
St Mary's Catherdral, Edinburgh Fringe; Anchor Mill Paisley; MacRoberts Centre, Stirling; Anchor Mill, Paisley; St Fergus Galleries, Wick and Inverness Museum and Art Galleries; Community Centre, Helmsdale, Sutherland; Doncaster Cathedral: Rooftop Galleries, Corby; Musselburgh, Museum; Bergen, Norway; Scots House Museum, Veere, Netherlands; Picinisco Italy;
Bossy-Saint-Antoine , France; Paris, France; Goolwa, South Australia; Burnside Civic Centre, Adelaide, South Australia; LINC, Hobart, Tasmania; Albury, New South Wales; Wangaratta , Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales; Dunedin, New Zealand: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Montello, Wisconsin, USA; Scarborough, Toronto, Canada; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada; Montreal, Canada; Lansdowne , Ottawa, Canada; Eyjafaorsveit, Nodorland, Iceland; Westminster Hall, London, UK, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh; Crieff Arts Festival, Irvine, Scotland; Helmsdale (return), Scotland; Edinburgh Art fair; Verdant works, Dundee.
Launched Greenhills, Prestonpans 2010; Eriskay Village Hall; Ashley Hall, Arisaig; Glenuig Hall; Navel Heritage Centre Invergordon; Nevis Centre Fort William; Blair Castle; Smith Art and Museum, Stirling; Dunblane Cathedral; Salutation Inn, Perth; Duddingston Kirk Hall; Gullane Community Centre; Prestonpans Community Centre; Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh; Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh (selected panels); Scottish Storytelling centre, Edinburgh; Kirkcaldy Museum; St Mary's Church Haddington; Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace, London; Knitting and Stitching show, Harrogate; Town Hall, Prestonpans; Cockenzie Powerstation; St Marys Catherdral (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)x2; Inverness Museum; DVD screening Colquit, Georgia, USA; Muralroutes, Toronto, Canada; Cockenzie House; Paxton House x 2; Pornichet St Nazaire, France; Prestonprange Heritage Museum; Grampain Club, Corby; New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site; Pinkie House; Paisley Thread Mill; Three Harbours Arts Festival (Prestonpans Community Centre); Kingussie Iona Gallery; Bayeau, France (La Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux), New lanark Heritage; Scottish Parliament
2019 “Sunsets”, Cockenzie Business Centre
2019 Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton on Thames
2018 “20:43” Cockenzie Business Centre
2018 Millyard, Uppermills,Saddleworth.
2017 "Tapestry Man" Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebles
2015 Hecla Gallery, Cockenzie House
2006 -15 Studio or Powerstation or Open House, Three Harbours Arts Festival
2014 "A Thought of Home", Coast Arts Festival, Banff and MacDuff (invited artist)
2009 100 Paintings, Prestoungrange Arts Club, Prestoungrange Press
2007 Gladstone Land Exhibition, Royal Mile Edinburgh
2007 Prestongrange Museum exhibition (1st to 10th june)
2006 “96a” Exhibition at Craigmillar Festival 2006
2006 Gothenburg (group show with Moy Mackay and John Prentice)
2006/09 Edinburgh Art Fair
2005 One man ‘Sky at Ninety Six’ Exhibition, David Young Gallery/Marie Curie, Edinburgh
2004 Exhibition of Skyscapes, Kaleadiscope, London
2004 - 8 Prestongrange Painting Group three shows, The Goth
2004 City Arts Centre, Edinburgh “Arts the Catalyst Craigmillar” Exhibition, curator, fundraiser, organiser of exhibition which included TV documentary, 6 publications, 2 cds and conference.
2001 Paintings of Haddington, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington.
2000 @, Melbourne, Australia.
2001 Helios Fountain, Edinburgh
1999 Bromley by Bow Centre, two man show with Frank Creber
1999 - ongoing Painting in ACAD Unit, Central Middlesex Hospital
1994 - 95 10 paintings on set, Big Breakfast, Channel 4.
1994 Conway Hall, London
1994 Slaughterhouse, London
1994 Falmouth College of Art, World Solutions Banner
1993 Old Bulls Arts Centre, Public Art in Barnet
1993 Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, one of 400 CD covers, CD2
1991 Jones Cafe, London
1992 Jones Cafe, London
1983 Richard Demarco gallery, group show
Sold many painting since 1991 through these various exhibitions and private commissions.
7. Client list
This includes clients that have commissioned me directly or sponsored an artwork.
WEA Records; New musical Express; Pavilion stencils Ltd; Goodhouskeeping; Which Magazine; IPC Magazines; Brent Council; Letts Publishing; Tme Out Magazine; The Observer magazine; Creative Review, Centaur Publications; Design Week, Centaur Publications; Freeform Artworks; Whiteley Shopping Centre; Reinhold RS; Company of Designers; Fitch RS; Nordic Construction; Edinburgh District Council; Edinburgh District Arts Council; Marks and Spencer; BT; Bank of Scotland; Intercity; BP; Spindles Shopping Centre, Oldham; Metropolitan Borough of Oldham; Unity Trust Bank; London Underground; Rushkin Primary School; Nene College; Barnet College; Corporation of London; DY Davis; Museum of London; Ian Begg Architects; Crown Scandic Hotels; Big breakfast, Planet 24; Elephant and Castle shopping Centre; Fristch Restaurant; First Impressions Design; University of Ballarat, Australia; Metropolitan Borough of Bury; National Museums of Scotland; Intercity; IBM; Wickes PLC; Pixel CD Rom, Australia; A.R.T. Gallery, Australia; Tesco; Westall Contractors; Weatherall; Greenpeace UK; Blackburn Council; West Lancashire County Council; Wellington City Council, NZ; Wellington Polytechnic, NZ; Bromley by Bow Healthy Living Centre; Urban Arts Inc, Australia; Trust Arts Project. South London NH; Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington: Baroncourts of Prestoungrange: Artichange, Broxburn Art trail: Craigmillar Communiversity Press, Battle Of Prestonpans Trust, Great Tapestry of Scotland Trust, Aberdeen City Council.
8. Higher Education and research
1995 -2000 0.5 Programme Co-ordinator, HNC Public Arts Management Programme at Barnet College
A course which I initiated researched and developed from 1992 to 1994 (Validated by and part of School of Fine Art, Middlesex University).
Responsibilities included: curricula and development, assessment, teaching and learning material, tutorial system, student progression, learning resources, recruitment, staff, resourcing, timetable, external projects, external funding, QAA documentation, internal and external verification procedure with QAA, Btech and Middlesex University.
1996 - ongoing Co-ordinator, Communiversity
Co-ordinator of network, development and design of website, moderator of discussion group, writing of validation documents, co-ordination of community groups and HE institutions, tutor at Bromley by Bow and Craigmillar. From inception in 1995 to the present day with a worldwide membership of 190 members, two pilot schemes, exhibition, documentary (Saltire Award 2005), 8 publications.
2019 Tec Monterrey, Mexico
2003/4 Kirkcudbright Summer School
2000 - 2004 General Course, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
1995 - 2000 0.5, Course Director, HN Public Art, Barnet College, Middlesex University
1993 BA Art in Social Context, University of West England.
1993 Stockport College, HND Illustration/HND Printed Textiles.
1993 - 94 Falmouth College, HND Graphics.
1993 and 94: Australia lecture tour; Victorian College, Swinburne Secondary, RMIT University, Swinburne University, Monash University, Gipplands College, Ballarat University, Curtin University, Perth Charles Strut University and East Gippslands TAFE.
1992 University of East London, MA Art and Architecture.
1992 - 1995 Camberwell College, BA Graphics.
1992 Nene College, Northampton, ND Graphics.
1991 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, BA Illustration and Printmaking
1990 - 92 Chelsea School of Art, BA Public Art/MA Public Art.
1989 Colchester Institute, HND Graphics.
1989 Pimlico Arts and Media, Graphics course.
1986 - 89 0.5 Tutor, Barnet College, HND Graphics
9. Talks, conferences and courses (speaker).
Since 2007 I have given many talks to local history groups, book festivals, embroidery and textile groups, etc throughout Scotland on Prestonpans Mural Trail, The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry and more recently Great Tapestry of Scotland and Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. The vast majority of the following have been about The Great Tapestry of Scotland.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write Book Festival Glasgow, Scottish Book Week 2013, Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Blackwells Bookshop Edinburgh, Mainstreet Bookshop St Boswells, Saltire Society, Smith Gallery Stirling, Scottish Parliament, Birnam Arts Centre, Deeside and Aboyne Book Festival, Glasgow Society of Women Artists, Friends of The Brunton Theatre, St Columba Church Blackhall, NHS Retirement Fellowship, New Club Edinburgh, Friends of The City Arts Centre Edinburgh, Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival. Dundee Literary Festival, Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Linlithgow Book Festival, Scottish Quilters Guild, North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh Embroiderers' Guild, Montrose Embroidery Guild, Stirling Castle, Anchor Mill Paisley, New Lanark Heritage Centre, Ayr Townhall, Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery, St Mary's Cathedral, Clan Napier. Museum nan Eilean Benbecula, Belfast Community Tapestry, Walton on Thames, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Islay Book Festival, Livingston Art Association, Probus Club Blackhall, Teeside Caledonian Society, Dyslexia week 2015, Marie Stuart Society, Hull University (Scots Diaspora in England), Age Scotland National Conference, Embroiderers' Guild Regional Scottish Exhibition Peebles, Verdant Works Dundee, Creative Ageing Aberdeen, Arts fund Aberdeen, Drymen ladies Lunch club, The Stitching and Quilting show SEC Glasgow 2017, North Berwick Art Group, Black Isle Antique Society, Paisley Philosophical Society, Glasgow Antiques and Fine Art Society , Kelso Probus, U3A Forth Valley, U3A Duns, U3A Edinburgh, etc.
2019 PhD Social Work Scotland,Napier University
2019 Public Health Scotland Annual Conference
2019 Scottish Onocolgy Summit
2010 Global Murals Conference, Colquitt, Georgia, USA
2010 SURF/FABLEVISION, Glasgow
2010 Out There, Glasgow Museums
2008 Wales Association of Community Artists, Cardiff
2008 Art First, Brunton Theatre, East Lothian, Scotland
2008 Cultural Planning programme (student)
2007 Thistle Foundation, Staff One Day Conference, Scotland (workshop)
2007 Murals Syposium, CALPAM, Manteca,California, USA
2006 Global Murals Conference, Prestonpans, Scotland
2005 Murals Syposium, CALPAM, Bishop, California, USA
2004 Arts The Catalyst Craigmillar conference, chairman
2004 Global Murals Arts Conference, Ely Nevada. USA
1999 International Communiversity Conference 99 Barnet College.
1998 50 years of NHS University of Central England.
1997 Emergent Paradigms in Design Education University of New South Wales, Australia.
1997 International Communiversity Conference 97 Barnet College.
1996 Feeling the Pulse conference Bromley By Bow, Health Centre.
1994 Community Arts in the nineties conference University of the West of England.
1993 Life after Art College University of Ballarat.
10. Media Coverage.
All the tapestries receive press coverage andare social media
Great Tapestry of Scotland has featured on BBC One Show, BBC 4 Front Row, BBC News, BBC Sunday Politics, Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman x 6, The Scotsman Saturday Magazine, The Spectator, The New Statesman, various other publications.
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry has featured on BBC One Show, BBC News, ITV News and various other local press.
The Prestonpans Tapestry has featured on BBC and ITV news items, Scotsman Saturday Magazine, countless press news items including Times, Glasgow Herald and various local papers. It has also appeared Stitch Magazine, The Scots Magazine.
The Prestonpans Mural Trail has now featured in many news items and features including The Scots Magazine, BBC Scotlands Phil Cunningham's "Scotland's Music" when discussing " Hey Johnnie Cope", The Scotsman Arts Magazine, BBC Scotland's Radio Cafe and a BBC Radio Four programme about Daniel Defoe travels through Scotland. The Prestongrange Murals Trail/Prestoungrange Arts Festival activities have recieved constant attention: The East Lothian Courier, East Lothian News, Daily Record, Edinburgh Evening News and National Press like The Scotsman, Scots Magazine, Sunday Post, Sunday Express, Glasgow Herald, Guardian, BBC Newsnight, etc.
1987 - 2002
Mural projects have attracted attention, in particular with local press and television
Press: Creative Review, The Times, The Scotsman, The Evening Standard, The Glasgow Herald, The Manchester Evening Times, Mailout, Artists Newsletter, The Edinburgh Evening News, The Manchester Evening Chronicle, Building Magazine, Financial Weekly, The Edinburgh Citizen, The Barnet Times, Craigmillar Festival News, Middlesborough Evening Gazette, The Barnet Press, The Blackpool Gazette, Ballarat Courier, Skem Advertiser;
Television: BBC Reporting Scotland, Channel 9 news, Vic TV news and Scottish Television.
Radio: BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Jersey
World Solutions Banner 1995: WIN TV, Australia; The Australia, Higher Education; ABC Radio, Australia; Ballarat Courier( Front Page), Australia; The Irish Times; Vido y Estilo, Mexico; Saturday Star, South Africa; The Star(Front Page), Malaysia; The Malay Mail, Malaysia; Mail & Guardian, South Africa; The New Zealand Herald; Herald & Post(Front Page), UK; New Sunday Times, Malaysia; Sin chew jit poh, Malaysia
11. Arts Management
1992 - Cotton mills mural, Oldham, UK.
1995 - World Solution Banner, Greenpeace UK
1995 - 2000 HN Public Art Programme, Barnet College/Middlesex University
1997 - International Communiversity Conference
1999 - 2nd International Communiversity Conference
1996 - 2011 Communiversity co-ordinator
2000 - Bromley by Bow Midsummer Festival, Artistic co-ordinator
2004 - 2012 Murals Convenor, Prestoungrange Arts Festival
2006 - 2015 Chairman of Three Harbours Arts Festival
2006 - Director of summer school, Global Murals conference
2006 - Director of Global Arts Conference Summer School
2007 - present organisor of World Community Arts Day
2010 - present Art class based in my studio