Galliford Try are currently working on a small development in St Breward, Cornwall.
At the start of this project we introduced ourselves to this small community and next door to the site was a local artist called Chris Thomas who was working from his studio. We invited him onto site to create a picture we could all view prior to the main development. Since then things have grown and Chris has been taken on board as our resident artist and has inspired the local community and workforce.
The idea to document affordable housing in St Brewards during its build process was the result of meeting Colin Benny the site manager late in May 2017. He looked at some of my work in the studio next door to site and had seen the potential benefits of having a resident artist. Within a week I was fully trained to be onsite and had an area fully fenced off to start my first project on a large 4ft x 6 ft board .
The view of the groundwork crew working as a well-oiled machine beneath my feet and the backdrop of Padstow and the north coast made my first painting alive with energy. Now in my fifth month on site I have completed 15 large paintings and ten smaller studies in oil .
One of my larger paintings titled ‘Preparing for tarmacadam’ has now been selected for the prestigious Columbia thread needle art prize. I have also donated one of my pieces to a Galliford Try charity day which raised £5,000 for their chosen charity, the Lighthouse Trust.
I am currently arranging with Colin and Galliford Try an exhibition of my works on completion of the site, organised and created by Francis Mallet in Plymouth and sponsored by Galliford Try.
Entry submitted by Galliford Try.