The judges for the Great Cre8 are as follows
Will Rosie is one of Southampton’s leading artists, and well known for the dozens of mini-mosaics scattered across the city; most notably those of the Mr. Men, Marvel and The Simpsons.
Will is self-taught and started mosaicking in 2007. Since then he has produced pieces of art for a large number of clients, including Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover, Disney and Guinness World Records. He was also involved in both the rhino and zebra art trails across the city. His personal vision is to see Southampton become the ‘Barcelona of England’ in regards to mosaics. Will lives on the West side of the city with his wife, Susie, their dog, Stamp, and whichever of their children happen to living at home at the time!’
“I’m involved with the Cre8 challenge, because I value art and positive competitiveness. In order to excel in what we do, we need to be stretched and encouraged to grow by taking advantage of opportunities like this. I’ve had some great breaks in life, and I want others to as well. I’m also hoping that I get some free sandwiches out of it!”
Tracy Dovey is an artist living on the edge of the New Forest. She did her Foundation in Art in Southampton a hundred years ago and then studied Animation at Newport Film School in Wales. She worked in the industry in London for a few years before moving back home to Hampshire with her family. She finally became an approximately full time painter four years ago and feels very lucky to have a growing tribe of lovely followers.
I believe, very strongly, that art is a healer. It helps to rebuild the spirit and I hope the Great Cre8 project, with its not too constraining guidelines could really inspire people to take their first tentative steps back to being whole. Everyone will be able to create something and everyone has something valid to say and we will be listening and hopefully they might just start to shine again..it worked for me. Good Luck to The Great Cre8 and to all who sail in her!
Read more about Tracy’s reasoning for being a judge at The Great Cre8 by clicking here.
Maggie Sawkins began writing poetry at the age of nine and had her first poem published in ‘Hampshire Poets’ when she was seventeen. Her poetry collections include Charcot’s Pet (Flarestack), The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press), Zones of Avoidance (Cinnamon Press) and Many Skies Have Fallen (Wild Mouse Press, 2017). In 2013 she won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance, which she’s performed at literature festivals and theatres throughout the country.
An acclaimed workshop leader, Maggie has worked in a variety of settings including museums, universities, hospitals and prisons. She holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing. www.hookedonwords.me
‘As someone who’s been affected by a family member’s homelessness, the work carried out by the Society of St James’ is close to my heart. I’m delighted to be able to offer my time to this wonderful project. I believe that a talent, no matter how small, can be nurtured into something special. No-one can take away that passion — not even the wolves at the door.’
Joe Ross has worked as a Creative Practitioner, Project Producer and Project Designer in Southampton for 20 Years. She is a practicing artist who mainly works outdoors, often in collaboration with the community and young people. Joe currently works for Solent University. In the past she has worked on projects including London 2012, Arts, Culture and Sport , Creative Partnerships, Arts Council England, GOALS, (Greater Opportunity and Learning in Schools,) Glasgow School of Art, Portsmouth University, Schools, Pupil Referral units and non-educational settings. Creative Consultation with young people, CPD for schools including delivery of workshops at The National Teacher Awards.
Joe is an accredited Excite, Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Education) Creativity Trainer and an Arts Award Advisor.
The Society of St James is a charity which supports people in so many ways. The Great Cre8: to me is a fantastic way to engage all communities in being creative whist supporting a good cause .
Pete is an artist based in Portsmouth and has 30 years of experience working in public art and sculpture. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Fine Art Departments across the South Coast and a sculpture technician at Chichester University and guest tutor in drawing at West Dean College. He has made award winning landmark sculptures, landscape and street design, sculptural street furniture and art installations.
He works in a variety of material and scale and is currently Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He is also Artist in Residence with The Company of Makers a working with veterans, teaching drawing and military art history. He brings to the panel a wealth of background knowledge and a passion for art from all walks of life.
“ … art in all its forms is a basic and primal urge to make your mark and be creative, it is for everyone, everywhere. It is just, being human”.
Joe is a freelance photographer based in Southampton UK, undertaking architectural photography, public relations, special events and work within the arts. Although working as an all-round freelance photographer, Joe specialises as an architectural photographer. He takes great delight in converting architects three dimensional ideas into two dimensional photographs.
His art background has always informed his photography, where composition and timing are key to achieving successful images. On discovering the field of architectural photography in the early 1980’s, through a commission from Portsmouth City Architect Ken Norrish, he decided that architectural photography would be the core of his business.
“People’s lives can change in an instant. Recognising this leads me to wanting to support the Society of St James in their support to people experiencing extreme and consequential difficulty”.
Jo is a visual artist who specialises in mixed media. Having originally trained as a painter and printmaker, drawing is the starting point from which she develops her ideas using paint, wire, plaster, textiles and found objects. For many years she has worked as a freelance artist educator, leading tours and workshops for various groups of children, young people and adults who visit Southampton City Art Gallery. She is very passionate about encouraging people to be creative and to making art galleries accessible to everyone.
Throughout the year, Jo also enjoys creating art projects with groups and organisations in the local community, including Society of St James.
She is currently meeting, on Zoom, with residents from two of the charity’s supported accommodation facilities in Southampton, with whom she is making a variety of sculptures using clay.
Jo is happy to donate her time to the Great Cre8 project to encourage people to get creative and to raise funds to support ‘The Discover a Passion Campaign’, for people without a home.
Hello I am Denise Hill. Want That Cake was born in 2009 after a few years of baking for friends and family. I have always loved Arts and Crafts and enjoy channeling my creativity through cake decorating.
I am mainly self-taught, although I undertook a few professional classes at the start of my venture to gain hints, tips and shortcuts.
Designing and creating bespoke cakes, cupcakes and cookies can be challenging and time consuming but seeing the look of amazement on customers faces is my reward.
Denise runs Want That Cake from Waterlooville, click her profile photo to the left to link to her Facebook page and start ordering delicious cakes to make your friends envious.