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CLIVE WAKEFORD

Multi media artist who runs Art in the Community and manages 5 galleries in hospital sites in Colchester and Harwich.
My art practice has been driven by me responding to personal experiences that I have encountered during life’s rich journey. These are stored in compartments within the subconscious sketchbook in my mind until a concealed catalyst transforms them into an inspirational concept for my conscious mind to translate into an artwork. Therefore I have always eliminated the traditional physical sketchbook from my toolset. This process has inspired me to produce unique public artworks including my signature landscape intervention “A120 Ghost Tree”. As a passionate believer in the positive value that public artworks give to both society as a whole and the individual, my practice is increasingly devoted to this area and has led me to create and manage the Colne & Constable galleries in Colchester Hospital, the Heart Gallery in the NHS Walk In Centre and the Mayflower Gallery in the Fryatt Hospital Harwich. These provide artists with an opportunity to publicise their works and enhance the hospital environment for its many users. I also formed and lead Art in the Community a group of artists whose goal is to challenge the stigma and barriers that they face due to their mental health issues . This now works in partnership with firstsite gallery in Colchester which is a partner of Plus Tate. I have been involved in many community art activities and workshops working with councils and organisations, completed a residency in Tollesbury Village and a significant commission for the Wat Tyler Country Park. I work with an extremely diverse range of media from recycled materials to digital signs and have experience of working with all age ranges. I believe that the following principle is sacrosanct in order to sustain true creativity: "Pictoribus atque poetis quidlibet audendi semper fuit aequa potestas." ( Horace, Ars Poetica, 9 . Roman philosopher) "Poets and painters have always had an equal licence in daring invention."
A120 GOST TREE at night
HEART  ART
EMPTY ROOM NEON INSTALLATION
SPIRIT OF THE ORCHARD
HEART OF THE ORCHARD
NATURAL SELECTION acrylic on canvas
RED TREE CASTLE PARK COLCHESTER acrylic on canvas
TREE STUDY acrylic on canvas
WHY? Wat Tyler Sculpture Park
Tree Shadow Canvey Island Nature Park
Tree Shadow Belle View Park Sudbury