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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...

news


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

International Postcard Exhibition - August

Five new monochrome paper-cut postcards (6x4 inch) completed for the International Postcard Exhibition at Participate Contemporary Artspace, 32-34 Riverside, Raven Meadows, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PJ from 2nd August - 24th August 2019:
http://www.participateart.org/

Photography workshop - The river runs through.

Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, Dover, Kent Saturday 3rd August 2019 (10:30-12:30)
The river runs through - a photographic exploration of water in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.
Join photographer Mike Tedder for this walk around Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to celebrate the beauty of the River Dour.
You'll need to bring your own camera or phone.
Please note that this workshop will focus on the creative aspects of photography, not the technical. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather! The workshop is free to attend, but places are limited.
If you'd like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk to book a place.
https://www.kearsneyparks.co.uk

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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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