Eco-arts environmental art and design
 
Creative skills: Simon Honey BA hons 2.1 Central St. Martins College of Art & Design MA Chelsea College of Art and Design
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Freelance Artist

Eco-arts 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.

1991 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.

In 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.

I'm 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.

I 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).

Art & Design since 1989 Content © Simon Honey.
Please contact me, to discuss a project, training, workshops or a commission.