Ben has created illustrations for a wide variety of projects and clients. Drawing is at the heart of most of the projects he works on. Here are a few examples. An editorial for Plantain Papers, Roberson Wine Christmas 2018 campaign and Autism in the Workplace toolkit by Dr. Katie Gaudion at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
Comics are such a brilliant medium for story telling and communication.
Between 2008-2012, Ben made Snizz Comics, adventures of he and Gabriel, a young autistic man (and his best mate).
Since then he’s collaborated with many others, telling stories as varied as a history in radio, an artist and her cosmopolitan piggie and a marginalised Nigerian woman’s difficult early experience of being in London.
His comics have been published in Straight No Chaser, Strike! Magazine and at the Wellcome Collection.
They’ve been used as campaign tools at the House of Commons, a gallery event guide at Tate Britain and a brief history of fermented foods in a restaurant menu.
Ben’s designed logos and branding illustrations for a number of people. Here are designs for Future Bubblers, the talent discovery and development big idea from Brownswood Music. Below this, branding for Gilles Peterson’s social media channels, a logo for Cornish based film company Phono Films, hip-hop jam night Imaginary Millions and branding for ‘Kultured’ pop-up fermented foods restaurant.
Posters for Counterpoint at Tate Modern, Aja Monet in London, a season of music from around the world and Strata East Live at the Barbican .
Ben started making gig posters when he was active on the DIY music scene between 2006-2012.
He’s made posters for many arts events since.
Ben worked with Could Be Good creative studio to create animated visuals for the legendary Strata East Live show at The Barbican in 2015. They have also collaborated on DJ visuals for Gilles Peterson and a music video for singer Lizzie Emeh.
Ben encourages particpatory artwork with visitors at festivals and events. People contribute through words, conversation and drawings which he turns into site specific installations, murals and paintings that capture the theme or event.
He’s made work at Bloomsbury Festival, Village Green Festival-Metal, NOW Gallery, Norman Jay’s Good Times Goes East, Ealing Jazz Festival and the Urban Village Fete.
Have an event or festival you’d like him to appear at? Get in touch!
Top image, Jenna Foxton
Second Image, Belinda Lawley
Third Image, Matt Clayton
Ben has done a lot of work with schools. He’s been Artist in Residence at Treehouse School and has led projects and workshops for SEN and mainstream classes including a 3 year project with Tate Schools and Teachers- Diggin’ the Gallery. He has a particular interest and experience working with pupils who have learning differences and/or are autistic.
Ben has over 10 years experience leading a variety of creative workshops. From drawing and comic based workshops to workshops on themes of music, collage and zine-making.
Organisations he’s worked with include:
The Wellcome Collection, CCA Goldsmiths, Magic Me, Bethlem Hospital, Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, South London Gallery, The Lyric Theatre, Leyton Orient FC, The Albany, HeartnSoul, London Symphony Orchestra and The Barbican Centre.
He has experience working with Young People, Children, Intergenerational groups, Autistic individuals and people with Learning Disabilities and Mental health challenges.
He also has experience co-creating projects with arts organisations and advising on project development.
Top Photo- James Lyndsay and Michael Pheasant
Bottom Photo- Aleksandra Wojcik, copyright Tate, 2017.
Top- Cover design for ‘Brownswood 10 Versions’ released in 2017 to commemorate 10 years of Brownswood Recordings.
Bottom- Cover design for DJ Yoda’s Home Cooking album released April 2019.
Ben is currently developing a series of work called- ‘Rhythm Compositions’ exploring the relationship between music, painting and performance.
Photo Credit- Mary Lemley
Ben has worked with arts organisations, academics and designers to turn meetings, project proposals, reports and ideas into drawings and diagrams. Clients include Wellcome Trust, King’s College London, HeartnSoul, Touretteshero, CRAE and UCL.
Drawing on Air is a monthly show on Soho Radio. It’s an eclectic mix of music, poetry, guests, news, reviews, special features and audio description.
Hear the show every 4 weeks, Monday’s 12 – 2pm on the Culture channel or listen again here.
Ben has made artwork as a performance collaboration with poet Dean Atta, illustrating poems while Dean performs them. He has also drawn and painted artwork live for Gregory Porter and Raashan Ahmad shows. He has made work at The Roundhouse, Tate Britain and TED x Brixton.