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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...


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

Christmas Art-Market at River Garage Studios
This December at River Garage Studios we will be holding a Christmas Art-Market featuring artists from across the local area. The fair will take place across two days on the 8-9th November from 10:00 -17:00 and will provide an opportunity for visitors to buy original prints, cards, books, gifts, ceramics, and contemporary crafts.

Christmas Art-Market at River Garage Studios

River Garage Studios, River Street, River, CT17 0RB josephblackart.com

DC Postcard Show, Eastbourne

Lovely bright morning to start the 2nd weekend of the Devonshire Collective inaugural DC Postcard Show in Eastbourne today. The show will be displayed at the Devonshire Collective DC3 Project Space, at 1-5 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NA during Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 2018 (7/8 April and 14/15 April)...
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6e Fête de l'estampe

26 mai 2018: 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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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

was celebrated on Sunday 29th April 2018, and photographers across the globe took the opportunity to get out and about with their pinhole cameras. Lens-less photography comes in all varieties from analogue homemade tins or boxes, bespoke wooden pinhole cameras, to digital conversions. My favourite choice of camera for the day was my old Polaroid Pinhole 100 camera...
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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.

contact me

30 Odo Road, Dover, CT17 0DP UK

Eschersheimer Landstrasse 42, 60322, Frankfurt DE

+44 (0) 7429 826 212

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