Artists

Artists have played a major role in The Big Hoot, creating almost 100 owl sculptures.  We would like to thank all the artists for their incredible creativity and hard work.

Professional artists from Birmingham, the wider Midlands region and further afield have created extraordinary giant owls that are all unique in style and character and represent the city’s creativity, history and heritage, music, fashion, architecture and attractions.

Birmingham is home to a wealth of artistic and creative individuals and communities and many award-winning and nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. We are delighted with the response from Birmingham’s creative community and are thrilled to work in collaboration with them to transform the streets, squares and parks of the city.

For five months artists have been creating owls in their studios, at home and in The Big Hoot Artists’ Studio at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Their inspiring and innovative designs have been realised in genres including graffiti, illustration, fine art, graphics, typography, mosaic and new media.  They have worked with both community groups and with corporates to realise ideas and create their stunning designs.

The Big Hoot not only provides a high quality and ambitious free public event for families but also supports the creativity of artists and celebrates talent and diversity.  The Big Hoot has provided an inspiring relationship between the city and the arts.

The artists have also reached out to communities enabling more people to participate in the arts, to experience working with professional artists and to be inspiring and inspired.  From the north to the south of the city residents groups, youth groups and older peoples’ groups have been collaborating with artists to generate ideas, design and create owls for The Big Hoot.

Creativity is everywhere but the opportunity to participate is not.  A range of activities have been programmed within Birmingham’s diverse communities and people from the age of 3 – 97 and from wards within the city boundaries have contributed to The Big Hoot and helped make the event extraordinary.  Our projects have seen artists working with hundreds of residents and community members including children in looked after care, older peoples’ clubs, young people and residents organisations to design and decorate the owls displayed as part of the 10 week public event.

Artists

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Adam Pryce

Adam Pryce is a freelance illustrator who has illustrated various children’s books and has a range of greetings cards in... Read More

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Alyn Smith

Alyn Smith is a professional artist and printmaker, based in Cardiff, who develops work using intricate handmade stencils and paper... Read More

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Amy Crabtree

Amy Crabtree is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, based in Coventry.  She runs Cakes with Faces – a collection... Read More

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Anna Dunn

Anna Dunn is a designer and illustrator based in London – specialising in editorial illustration. She loves happy things, bright... Read More

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Anne Guest

Anne Guest is an established artist, based in Birmingham.  Her art is an exploration of natural sciences, and her concepts... Read More

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Ben Javens

Ben Javens grew up in a small town in Yorkshire and though he now resides in Birmingham, he still holds... Read More

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Caroline Jariwala

Caroline Jariwala is an international, exhibiting, mosaic artist with extensive experience in commissioned projects and workshop facilitation in schools, galleries,... Read More

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Cathy Simpson

Cathy Simpson is an illustrator and cartoonist who has spent most of her adult life in the West Midlands.  She... Read More

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Charlie Langhorne

Charlie Langhorne is an amateur and enthusiastic artist who has created an illuminated owl.

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Claire Scully

Claire Scully is a London based illustrator who works in pen, ink and digital media. Her work is produced using... Read More

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Colin Gabbidon working with Ladywood Arts Forum

Colin Gabbidon was born in Kingston, Jamaica and has been living in the UK since primary school age. A former drummer... Read More

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Craig Earp

Craig Earp is a Birmingham-based artist whose inspiration for his work wholly centres around both industrial and organic forms, fused with... Read More

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Dale Evans

Based in Cardiff, Dale Evans has worked as an artist / illustrator for many years.  Her botanical illustrations can be... Read More

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Damien Jeffery

Damien Jeffery is a Bristol based painter, born in Bromsgrove, who studied art at Southampton institute. He is currently working... Read More

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Darel Seow

Darel Seow is a visual storyteller who illustrates the tales of the natural world through his unique brand of wry wit... Read More

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David Graham

David Graham teaches art at Holly Lodge Girls’ College in Liverpool and is also a freelance artist/ graphic designer.  He... Read More

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David Hand

David Hand is a celebrated graphic designer and sometime illustrator who currently resides in the Shropshire hills.  He has worked... Read More

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Deven Bhurke

Deven Bhurke is an artist and graphic designer with a versatile style.  He has previously been involved in similar WIA... Read More

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Elizabeth Forrest

Elizabeth Forrest is a Welsh born lettering artist and papermaker, now living in Derbyshire.  She obtained her degree at the... Read More

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Faith Pearson

Faith Pearson lives in Birmingham; she uses discarded materials to create paintings and constructions inspired by community engagement projects –... Read More

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Fozia Malik

Fozia Malik is a freelance artist based in the Bordesley Green area. Her passion for art began with a love... Read More

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Georgia Henn

Georgia Henn is a student who currently works with digital media, specialising in multi-perspective, structural photography. Her art practice is... Read More

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Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson is a Birmingham art legend, who sites ‘places, adventures, discovery, and the five+ sensory emotions’ as examples of... Read More

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Goosensei

Matt Barber (a.k.a. ‘Goosensei) is a Birmingham-based artist who has a background in street art.  He looks towards the natural... Read More

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Graham Frank Wright / Ozzy Osbourne

Graham Frank Wright, described as an artist, author, photographer and Rock n’ Roller roadie, has been a close friend of... Read More

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Guy McKinley

Guy McKinley is an illustrator, concept artist, painter from Liverpool who has been involved in lots of diverse projects, relying... Read More

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Helen Dodsworth

Helen Dodsworth has worked as a community artist and freelance designer since she graduated in 2001.  Since 2011, she has... Read More

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Illona Clark

Illona Clark is a Norwich based writer and illustrator. She makes picture books for children featuring mechanical flying pigs, shy... Read More

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Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson (a.k.a. ‘currentstate’) is a Birmingham-based designer and illustrator whose work is inspired by the natural world.  Her work... Read More

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Jane Anderson working with Black Voices UK

Black Voices is a leading female a cappella collective and the only one in Europe that specialises in the niche art... Read More

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Jayne Deeley

Jayne Deeley, a Staffordshire based artist, was creative from an early age and this has continued to the present day. ... Read More

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Jenny Leonard

Jenny Leonard is a freelance artist and muralist, specialising in site-specific paintings and projects. Her clients include British Airways, AGE... Read More

Jodie Silverman

Jodie Silverman

Jodie Silverman is a Manchester based figurative artist.  She gained a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Leeds... Read More

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Joseph Hewston

Joseph Hewston is 15 years old and attends King Edward VI school in Aston.  He enjoys playing football, cricket and... Read More

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Joshua Billingham

Joshua Billingham (a.k.a ‘Gent 48′) is an illustrator, graffiti writer and street artist from Birmingham. He studied visual communication at... Read More

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Julia Zeller-Jacques

Julia Zeller-Jacques is an Edinburgh-based illustrator who trained at Hull School of Art and Design.  She works in both printing... Read More

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Karoline Rerrie

Karoline Rerrie is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing, painting and screen printing.  She sees her work... Read More

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Kate Leonard

Kate Leonard is an ‘inky’ illustrator and writer, currently based in Staffordshire.  Working exclusively in brown ink, she creates ‘hatched’... Read More

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Kieron Reilly

Kieron Reilly is an aspiring Model Maker and Illustrator. He has recently graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a... Read More

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Kristina Butigan

After gaining a first class Fine Art Degree at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Kristina Butigan has since... Read More

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Laura Hallett

Laura Hallett is a Birmingham born, Falmouth graduate and freelance illustrator, working primarily in watercolour, acrylic, ink, and pencil crayon. ... Read More

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Lawrence Roper

Lawrence ‘Log’ Roper is based in Birmingham’s creative Custard Factory. He brings his experience of working on community-based projects to... Read More

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Mac1

Mac 1 is a photorealistic graffiti artist who came out of Birmingham’s innovative scene in the 1980s and 1990s.  He... Read More

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Martin Band

Martin Band is an enthusiastic artist and director of Environmental Associates, an urban design and landscape architects business, based in... Read More

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Martin McNally and Sharonjeet Galsinh working with Reel Access and Norton Hall

Martin McNally has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art) and continues to... Read More

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Matt Sewell

Globally acclaimed artist, author and illustrator, Matt Sewell, from Shrewsbury, has been described as the ‘Banksy of the bird world’! ... Read More

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Meghan Allbright

Meghan Allbright is a  Birmingham-based artist, who describes herself as having a ‘magpie-like’ way of making – often using packaging... Read More

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Miah Gill

Miah is a student at Tudor Grange Academy Solihull. She won the Lloyds Bank Competition to design an owl and... Read More

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Michelle Heron

Michelle Heron is a painter based in London. When she’s not painting owls, Michelle has special interest in depicting seemingly... Read More

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Michelle Turton

Michelle Turton draws on paper, skate board decks, totem poles, walls and even beermats across the world.  She co-founded Inkygoodness... Read More

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Mik Richardson

Mik Richardson is a Norfolk based artist who has run his own mural design and graffiti tutoring business since leaving... Read More

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Milan Topalovic

Milan Topalovic is a Birmingham-born illustrator residing in a ‘nest’ not far from Cadbury World.   He was a winner in... Read More

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Mr the Beef

Mr the Beef draws inspiration from street art, mid-century design, overheard conversations, brutalist architecture and a childhood in the 1980s,... Read More

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Natalie Guy

Natalie Guy is passionate about creating 3D works of art that have character, a sense of fun and tell a... Read More

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Neil Morris

Neil Morris ( a.k.a. ‘Mish Mash’) has been enjoying street art as a hobby for some years. Neil took the pseudonym... Read More

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Nick Murley

Nick Murley is a commercial artist and designer, working mainly in the theatrical industries. Over the last 10 years, he... Read More

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Nisha Grover

Nisha Grover is an artist working and living in Birmingham.  Since studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martin’s in London,... Read More

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Rachel Blackwell

Rachel Blackwell is an artist based in Malvern, Worcestershire.  She makes paintings of a whimsical world, called ‘Swirly Whirly Land’... Read More

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Ruth Green

Ruth Green is a printmaker and illustrator, based in Birmingham.  She trained and worked as a textile designer, before making... Read More

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Sam Pierpoint

Sam Pierpoint is an independent illustrator, with a background in graphic design. She currently lives in the nature-filled countryside of... Read More

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Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Sarah Taylor Silverwood is based in Birmingham.  Her work is grounded in drawing and plays with the formation of narrative. ... Read More

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Scylla Magda

Scylla Magda works in various mediums to create abstract narrative journeys, real-time audio visual performances, moving image compositions, and installations. She often works... Read More

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Somia Jamal

Somia’s ‘Unity within Diversity’ owl is inspired by the artist’s native homeland, Pakistan, and in particular, an artform known as... Read More

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Sophie Handy

Sophie Handy is a mosaic artist, whose work is rooted in connecting people with spaces and encouraging their interaction through... Read More

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Sophie Handy & Claire Witcomb

Sophie and Claire are collaborating for the second time; both artists have a sculptural background, a passion for making things, a... Read More

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Stephen McKay

Stephen McKay is a Liverpool-based artist, who likes to work in public and uses large studio spaces, where passers-by can... Read More

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Sue Guthrie

Sue Guthrie arrived in Birmingham twenty years ago, when she came to study for an MA in fine art.  She... Read More

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Temper

Temper, aka Arron Bird, is a successful and talented graffiti artist. After picking up a spray can at the age of... Read More

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Vicky Scott

Vicky Scott is a freelance artist and illustrator from London, who has recently moved to Brighton.  Over the last few... Read More