is the website of me,Simon Honey a professional freelance artist, set up to spread
my enthusiasm for creative and artistic projects that don't cost the Earth. I
aim to inspire and engage people in projects that utilise recycled or natural
materials to make imaginative, quirky and beautiful art. In my own work I've used
reclaimed materials to make art pieces since at least 1988
and for community art work 1991 ongoing.
My ethos is to work using recycled, reclaimed, or natural materials whenever possible.
My first commission was an equal opportunities mural
in 1989 and I have worked with thousands of people since, on hundreds of commissions.
Some last less than a day, most a day to a couple of weeks. My longest to date
lasted four years and was for Lee Valley Regional
Park Authority as a Digital Outreach Artist. Commissions have also included
after schools clubs. I continue
to undertake commissions from schools, community groups, local authorities, charities
and other organisations and have a full current CRB disclosure.
to 1994 I studied Fine Art Print making and Photomedia at Central Saint Martins,
Southampton Row, obtaining a BA hons 2.1. During which time I got interested in
public art and design. I undertook paid commissions out of college term time and
helped set up an alternative arts scene in Sutton, which was born from the August
Bank Holiday Environmental Fair
in Carshalton Park. As a result I took a part time MA in the Theory and Practice
of Public Art and Design at Chelsea College of Art from 1995 to 1997.
the early years after my BA and MA, I built my practice, whilst employed for two
years as a 0.5 tutor of creative computing, on a Media Art and Design pre degree
course. I obtained a teaching qualification in Further Education during this period.
I left for a three year job as a community Artist, working with residents across
three housing Estates in Poplar, East London three days a week. I've also been
employed by charity EcoLocal, I'm currently a freelance sessional tutor for them
and run their popular Carshalton
Community Allotment. From 1995 to 2007 I was the London Borough of Sutton's
sessional Youth Arts Instructor, working in Youth Centres on larger scale youth
projects like Recycled Fashion shows, murals and a youth magazine.
also delighted to have been awarded Sutton Environmentalist of the year in 1995
for my use of Eco art and other awards before and since.
Indebited and very thankful for commissions and creative projects funded
by Arts Council England, British Telecom, Sutton Arts Council, Smarter Travel
Sutton, the Imagine Arts Festival, Smith and Byford and various other public and
private sources, including schools, charities and community groups.
live in the London Borough of Sutton. I'm married, weekends my wife and I grow
organic fruit and veg on an allotment. When not on a paid commission I am involved
in local community projects, write music and songs and formed/ play in the acoustic
beat combo Zero Carbon Band (Sutton).