Not your average creative: Ben has set up and run businesses, events and projects since the age of 16, including Ltd companies, charities and social enterprises. He has garnered awards such as the Future 100 from Ernst & Young and a regional award for Community Business Person of the Year. He has lived and worked in three countries and led: advertising campaigns, UX/UI projects, diverse and talented teams, film sets, an arts festival, book projects, alpine expeditions, a multi-national company and a coffee shop. He primarily works in London and the French/Italian Alps and has received commissions from all over the UK, central Europe and the Middle East.
As an artist Ben works with photography, video, installation, performance and collage. Ben has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. This includes; The Houses of Parliament, The Ismail Khayat Gallery in Iraq, PhotoFusion in London, the London Photographic Association gallery space, the Hat Factory, Departure Lounge, the Gateway Gallery and has work on permanent display in the United Nations head quarters in New York. Ben regularly works as a film/art director, producer, curator, project manager and designer.
He has over six years experience in Higher Education and regularly deliver workshops, lectures and seminars on a range of creative, social and business subjects at Universities, conferences, colleges and business events. His passion for creativity is coupled with a love for forming and building great communities. Ben was born in Brighton, UK. When not working on projects, he lives in Briançon, France with his wife Dee and 3 children.
* Art can change the world
Art in its widest context can and does positively change the world. My work, time and research is caught up with this notion. Art is a great way of intervening in situations. Art sits at the forefront of change in a society and has an inherited responsibility to engage with social change.
* Creativity is always better in community
I consistently look to work in collaboration with other artists and creatives. It is always better to work with someone who genuinely wants benefit for others rather then just for themselves. I am actively working against the isolation that is sometimes apparent in being an artist.
* Visual peace making
As an image consumer and creator I am devoted to peacemaking and breaking down stereotypes by displaying the beauty of cultures from around the world. I actively look to build peace through the work I create.
* There is always hope
Art regularly engages with ideas and themes which are dark in nature, artists need to build opportunities for hope and constructive and creative solutions to the issues.
* Everything is art
Everything I do is an extension of my art practice; connecting people, projects, ideas, collaborations and image creations. Constructing a creative business or community project is as valid as using more traditional methods and mediums.
* Everyone is creative
I strongly believe that everyone is creative. The claim that some people aren't creative, normally means they can't draw or paint. Everyone has creativity built into them although it expresses itself in different ways. I endeavour to draw this out of other people and remove some of the inherent elitism found in traditional art contexts.
* There are stories to tell
The notions of narrative and story telling are important to my work, as they are important to human society. Everyone has a story to tell and art has a wonderful opportunity to tell these stories.