ILLUSTORY EU launched in the summer of 2016 and is an AYYO Contemporary Art project offering professional development for emerging artists, illustrators and games designers from the Oxfordshire region. The project is led by AYYO Curator Clare Carswell and mentoring by artists, illustrators, curators and publishers as well as networking and exhibition opportunities is offered to participating artists. AYYO Contemporary Art is partnering with museums, libraries and theatres in the county to curate the project.
Future plans include working with young artists and arts organisations in the Netherlands on collaborative projects. The theme of the project is discovering stories and young artists will be encouraged to delve into the literary works that are emblematic of their own cultures. They will consider why they are so loved and make contemporary visual responses to them and it is hoped, vision new stories together.
Alain Phillips graduated from Teesside University in 2012 with a BA in Music Creation. His affinity for instrumental music draws on his love of film and videogames, and their soundtracks are a strong influence on his work alongside minimalism and various electronic subgenres. His interest in dreams, mythology and the occult also colour his work. Outside of music, he is interested in videogames development and design, as well as film and miniature painting.
Amy Mattingley is a freelance Illustrator based in Oxford who has recently graduated from the University of the West of England Bristol with a BA Hons Illustration. Inspired by nature, folktales, abstract art and all things dark and just a little obscure.
British artist Clare Carswell MA(RCA) works with performance and drawing to make works for the gallery or the public space. She curates the work of other artists at AYYO Contemporary Art a gallery and project space at her studio, Overlay Studio near Oxford. She invites UK and international artists for short residencies and to exhibit, screen or perform new work www.artpitch.org. She also lectures and writes on art irisartinsights.tumblr.com.
Harry Cann previously completed a degree in Interactive Game Design at University of Gloucestershire, which has flared his interests in various forms of technology and multimedia. Following his graduation, Harry course led a Games Development course at a local college, and continues to input on the course. He currently runs his own IT business called Canntech, providing tech solutions to homes and businesses in Oxfordshire.
Luke Daniels is a passionate Illustrator based in Oxfordshire, originally studying, and completing his degree in Sequential Narrative Illustration. He is a sought after graphic designer in Oxford, and is currently training to be a tattoo artist, and continues his interest in designing books, illustrations, and video games. He has also taught illustration workshops for teens as part of the OYAP Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership and Rural Graffiti at Overlay Studio.
Will is an emerging fine-artist with a taste for adventure, the very act of which informs his creative practice, therefore meaning that each idea or project is explored through as many relevant creative disciplines as possible. You will often find Will seeking inspiration from the beautiful land of rural Oxfordshire that surrounds him in order to create work that celebrates his local area and illustrates his wanderlust.
Art, craft, sound and animation by Illustory EU artists Alain Phillips, Amy Mattingley, Harry Cann, Luke Daniels and Will Harvey. Their artworks accompany the panto Robinson Crusoe and The Pirate Queen at The Theatre Chipping Norton.
To launch the project, young artists and illustrators from Oxfordshire: Luke Daniels, Amy Mattingley, Will Harvey and Lauren Elizabeth Wright made new works in response to Carroll’s celebrated novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The young artists and their works joined Alice themed events that the Oxford Leiden Link hosted to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of friendship between the twinned cities over Alice’s week-end.
The exciting art works were shown in Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 2nd July 2016 to accompany a lecture on illustrations of the much loved book by visiting Dutch academic and Carroll specialist Dr Ingrid Moerman.