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Mike Tedder Visual Arts

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about me


Night Flying - paper collage
La Montagne - collage 2019

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.

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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.
Commissions: 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.
Collaborations: I am always excited to work on collaborative projects including murals, print editions, book projects and group shows / fairs, sometimes in quite unusual locations.
Demonstrations: I have worked as an assistant university painting tutor, given demonstrations to groups, and lead small group adult tuition in printmaking and collage.

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...

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

Dover Studio Collective PrintFest 2019

Saturday / samedi 25/5: 11.00-17.00h and Sunday / dimanche 26/5: 11.00-17.00h
Dover Studio Collective artists will be inviting and welcoming visitors to their Printfest and open studios weekend in late May. The artists will be presenting a show of both completed and in-progress print-based artwork displayed across their active workspaces. All are welcome to visit this free studio eventand no pre-booking is required. A mini-print exhibition and taster workshop will also take place during the weekend. Visitors to the studio, who would like to participate, will be able to design, cut and print their own postcard format print to display or take away. (Please bring protective clothing such as an apron or old t-shirt and a small 50 pence donation would be appreciated just helping to cover material costs.) The Dover PrintFest, mini-print exhibition and open studio event joins a network of events that are part of the 7th Fete de l'estampe taking place throughout France and Europe on May 26th.

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Small is Beautiful - Postcard Art event

South East Artists Open Studios Launch Event: Saturday 1 June 10am to 5pm at St George's Parish Hall, High Street, Deal
Over 30 artists in Deal, Walmer, Ringwould and St. Margaret's Bay will be exhibiting a full range of their work in this years OPEN STUDIOS art trail in individual studios, galleries and at three group venues: the Astor Theatre, Landmark Centre and the Deal Angling Club. You are invited to meet the artists and see many examples of their small-scale work, learn where they will be exhibiting during the two weekends of OPEN STUDIOS and receive the event catalogue with a map highlighting artist venues.

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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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