Welcome to Colaj

Mike Tedder Visual Arts


about me

Night Flying - paper collage

I am a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge with a passion for mixed-media collage, photography and design, with a studio based in Dover UK.

My work is inspired by many stimuli such as a dream, an emotion, language, something suddenly remembered, a song, or the experience of a particular moment. Exploring a juxtaposition of reality, fantasy, aesthetics and sensation, I examine some of the transient moments of real life experiences within both shared and autobiographical contexts.

As a young boy, I was enthralled by early experiments with my Kodak Instamatic camera, and photographic imagery remains an important part of my practice today. I am passionate about analogue film, in particular exploring the unpredictable nature of expired instant Polaroid film that still performs, despite the challenge of failing chemical reaction, and creates an image imbued with an ethereal beauty of its imperfection.

My postgraduate studies include 'Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation', 'Project Management', and 'Event Design' from the University Centre Folkestone.

I have been commissioned, published and my work exhibited in solo/group events throughout the UK, Europe & North America.

Some recent events:

5e Fête de l'estampe: printmaking festival -- East Kent Open Houses - open studios

All inked up: Artist's Book and Print Fair -- Reflections on the Landscape: Against the Tide

Sluice Biennial 2017 / London

and more...

Beyond the studio there is always so much more going on: whether it's the Sketchbook Project, gallery exhibitions, popular art-trails, open-air events and markets, or artist / handmade book projects.


If you are seeking an individual piece of bespoke artwork for yourself, as a gift or to mark a special occasion please contact me to discuss your requirements.


I am always excited to work on collaborative projects including murals, print editions, book projects and group shows / fairs, sometimes in quite unusual locations.


I have worked as an assistant university painting tutor, given demonstrations to groups, and lead small group adult tuition in printmaking and collage.


I design posters / flyers for art exhibitions and events, single page stories, and unique artist-made books. Some of these are archived in the Brooklyn art library.

artwork and projects

I work with a range of mixed-media, including paper-cut collage, print, text, plus both digital and analogue photographic processes. I hope that you will find my images stimulating, and will want to explore a little further...

click here if you would like to explore more of my artwork on display in the Colaj gallery

A new selection of my photographic images can also be purchased as convenient full resolution downloads, either for personal use or with additional licences available (thereby saving on delivery costs). Quality giclee art prints on demand, a complete framed and mounted print service or alternatively stretched canvas wall art are available options to choose from. Please check out my expanding catalogue on Picfair here: https://miketedder.picfair.com/


Catch up on all the latest stuff happening in the studio, forthcoming events, exhibition information and dates for the diary here...

Flint maps
Dover topographical contour maps inspired by and in synthesis with drawings of local flint boulders from the chalk cliffs. The three flint maps relate to the chalk lanscapes of Dover Castle mount, Langdon Cliffs and the Western Heights. Acrylic paint on black Canford paper.

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The flint map drawings are part of a larger design for a mural inside the new Dover Big Local Co-Innovation Project space.

Silver - Beach Creative/Herne Bay

Tuesday 5th February - Sunday 24th March SILVER is an exhibition celebrating traditional and alternative photographic techniques. Featured images have been selected from a public open call, and will exhibit works from people of all ages, abilities, experience & education. I am looking forward to showing some cyanotypes on fabric during this exhibition....
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7e Fête de l'estampe

26 mai 2019: A collective of Dover-based artists and their guests are opening up their studio building to the public again, presenting both complete and in-progress print-based work across their active workspaces. The event, part of the 6e Fête de l'estampe festival, will bring together contemporary print and artists' books and aims to present an expansive view / idea of what print can be...
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SEAS Open Studios 2019

Saturday/Sunday 22-23 & 29-30 June 2019 - Open Studios 8th year. Meet artists in their homes, studios, and venues in and around Deal, Walmer and St Margaret's. Group exhibitions at The Angling Club, Astor Theatre and Landmark Centre in Deal. Paintings, prints, textiles, photography, ceramics, mosaics and glass....
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La Montagne travels to Governor's Island NYC

My sketchbook 'La Montagne' is part of a summer residency at Governor's Island in NYC! A mobile library of over 4,000 artists books from the Brooklyn Art Library will be located in the South Battery area of the island. Come say hi, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 starting THIS Saturday August 11th!
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Mike Tedder

Visual Artist

Creative, detail-oriented, focused - except when blur is required.

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30 Odo Road, Dover, CT17 0DP UK

+44 (0) 7429 826 212

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