Garry has over 30 years experience as a professional Artist and Designer,
and now specialises in Carnival and Community Arts. He has received acclaim and recognition for his work regionally, nationally and internationally.
“Off Our Trolley” Arts first began in 2003 when Garry was commissioned to design and deliver carnival & community art projects.
His roles have included:
designer & artist
He works extensively across a range of artisic media, either alone or in collaboration with other artists or as a facilitatior in a group setting. These include:
push along 3D carnival floats
carnival back packs
installations & performance.
Garry has much experience of working with all sorts of people & communities; people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and difficulties . It gives him a great deal of satisfaction to see the difference that art can make to peoples' lives by empowering them, boosting their confidence, raising their self esteem and teaching them new skills.
He is very passionate about what he does and he believes that though creative techniques he can:
engage individuals and communities to develop skills
increase self esteem and confidence
raise awareness of many issues
have a positive impact on physical and mental well being
use art to inform, educate and train
make learning fun and enjoyable for all
create lasting and happy memories
Previous commissions & employers include
Art organisations and Theatres:
The Ikon Gallery, Walsall Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome. Creative Partnership,
Birmingham International Carnival, St Patricks Day Parade, The 'Reign'bow Jubilee Pageant, Shrewsbusy Folk Festival, Coventry Godiva Festival, Walsall Streets Alive, Birmingham Pride Parade, ArtsFest , Sydney Mardi Gras, Venice Carnival, Shiffnall Carnival, Light Night Parade Birmingham, Manchester Day Parade (Walk the Plank) ,
Caldmore Village Festival.Coco MAD, Birmingham Christmas lights switch-on Parade, Castle vale (Active Arts) pageant and carnival ,
Many other local, national and international, charity, community and school carnivals.
Local Authorities & Businesses :
Birmingham City Council, Staffordshire County Council, Walsall Town Council, Children & Youth Services School’s,Optima community association , Caldmore Housing, Accord & various Social Housing providers. Southside BID, Selfridges,
Harvey Nichols , The Mailbox , Make some Noise, The Nightingale, Subway city, Chic.
Education and Health Services: The Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (Fashion) Birmingham City University, Birmingham school of Acting(BCU),
South & City College Birmingham, Creative Partnership, Sure Start,
Birmingham Children’s Fund, Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs,
Wolverhampton adoption services, Birmingham LGBT Trust,
Heart of England NHS Trust, Heart of Birmingham NHS Trust, NHS Sexual Health Birmingham, Mental Health Birmingham.
Numerous other Charities ,Voluntary groups, Organisations and Schools.
BA Honours in 3D Design(Theatre Design University of Central England 1997