Use the contact form on this website to ask about commissions (in the top menu). Currently I’m working on a commission for cover art for a new podcast.
Big Issue North
I remade an article about Bradford Man Maurice Wilson, who tried to fly up Everest in a bi-plane, for the new quarterly magazine The New Issue, from those lovely people at Big Issue North. Same good cause, different magazine. Here’s an extract from my commission. You can get the March issue it appears in here.
I was a featured artist in the wide ranging and beautifully presented exhibition called Panel Show at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery throughout October and November 2019. As such, I was commissioned to make a work that explored my working process. I’ve titled this one “Writer’s Life” and it’s available as a litho print in my shop.
I was commissioned by Sick Festival Manchester to draw a life story poster for Metrolink stops in North Manchester. I was lucky enough to get to meet Leah, who is 102 years old and lives independently in the area. She was a delight to listen to, I can only hope I am half as bright as she is when I am that age. The commission was for just an extract from her life, but she has agreed to allow me to make a comic about her in the future, so watch this space. Here’s the poster that was displayed at Metrolink stops around Manchester from 16th September to 15th October 2019.
I was commissioned by University of Bedfordshire to make 24 illustrations to accompany research into how specialist services can best help young people who have experience CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation). There is a set of ten postcards that can be downloaded here. If you work in a school or other service that engages with young people, please feel free to use them as a resource.
Crossing Borders: The First Border We Cross
I was invited by the ILS (International Literature Showcase) to make a piece for the theme Crossing Borders, commissioned by the British Council. I decided to make a comics spread about the first border we all cross, which needn’t be the most deadly, but for many women around the world is. I researched maternal mortality rates in different countries and also found out about initiatives from MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) which have saved thousands of lives over the last two decades. Initiatives which sometimes cost pence. Where women have little control over their fertility and no access to reproductive care, giving birth to a baby can the most dangerous thing they do.
You can donate to MSF below. Please do. They do the most amazing work in difficult conditions and are real life heroes.
Here is the full PDF of my work, titled The First Border We Cross
Here is a link to donate any amount you can to MSF.
I’m honoured to have been asked to design the 2015 festive cards that Big Issue in the North vendors give out to their customers. Throughout the month of December, if you buy a Big Issue North, especially if you are a regular, your vendor might sign and give you one of these Season’s Greetings cards. It will be a beautiful addition to your mantlepiece. I’ve designed the image around a loosely conceptualised nativity because, lets face it, families sleeping in temporary shelters is a significant issue in the contemporary world.
Big Issue in the North is a very good cause. The magazine is sold by is sold by homeless people and others who have no means of earning an income in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber. So buy a Big Issue North in December and help vendors earn more by selling more magazines.