Art on the Tiles

Despite repairs over the years, rain water has been coming in through the Curzon’s roof and causing significant damage to the building. The future of the cinema is now at risk without an urgent, full roof restoration. The charity launched their roof appeal in May 2019 to help save the cinema. The cost of the restoration is £600,000 and the total fund currently stands at £408,000, raised through a variety of funding sources including the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have pledged £239,900.

On September 30th, the charity announced a very exciting new partnership with Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton from Aardman Animations – a fundraising auction “Art on the Tiles” to help save one of the oldest cinemas in the world from closure. The auction is a key part of their fundraising strategy to save the Curzon

Artists including Aardman’s Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton; film critic Mark Kermode; actors Sarah Parish and James Murray; DC Comic’s Mark Buckingham; Tolkien illustrator and Lord of the Rings movie concept artist Alan Lee; classically trained fine artist Clarissa James, alongside some of North Somerset and Bristol’s most respected artists including the RWA’s Stephen Jacobson and Alfred Stockham would be would be decorating vintage roof tiles made in a local brickworks in the 1920s.

The auction is live today 1st December on eBay from 6.00pm and will end during the evening of Sunday, 8th December. Lots start and finish five minutes apart. The auction can be accessed via the Curzon’s website at where images of each tile will also be shared.

Karen Edgington, Fundraising Campaign Manager, said:

“The tiles were made in a local brickworks in the 1920s. Nearly 100 years later the tiles have been transformed into incredible, unique pieces of art. We hope to raise a significant amount of money to give a huge boost to our appeal. Artists found it exceptionally challenging to draw, paint and sculpt onto such an unusual surface but the pieces that have been created are absolutely stunning.”

Curzon’s CEO, Susannah Shaw who has worked tirelssley alongside Karen, said:

“Artists and celebrities far and wide have responded so generously, demonstrating again how important cinemas, especially independent ones like the Curzon, are for the public – as centres of creative inspiration”.

I think the whole concept of ‘Art on the Tiles’ is ingenious and I am sure the work that it has involved must have been overwhelming at times. Congratulations to Karen, Susannah and other members of the Curzon team who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition.

Tile Number 1, A Slate for the Curzon comes from David Sproxton. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, David Sproxton has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry. David is a patron of the Curzon and his method for creating this tile is equally as special as the tile itself. He used traditional methods to project the shapes onto the tile.

David explained the process:

 “Firstly, I printed out the Curzon logo, to a size close to that needed for the tile. I then pin pricked the outline of the letters, then mounted the sheet on glass above the slate and shone an LED light (point source) onto the sheet which projected the pin pricks on the already black painted tile. I then traced around the pin pricks to give me the outline of the logo. For the date I pin pricked the print out and then taped that to the tile and rubbed talc into the pin prick holes which gave me the outline in white dots, which I then traced with a pencil. The I painted the outlined area with white emulsion paint. Simple really!

“I thought I would do something linked directly to film and cinema which would be instantly recognisable. A slate is a name used for a clapperboard because the scenes were originally written in chalk and a tile could be called a slate. I liked the pun!’

Photos David took during the creation of his tile can be provided to the successful bidder. David is on Twitter @SproxtonAardman

And here’s Peter Lord’s delightful contribution to the project, Tile Number 2, which features the lovable, little orange Morph who first appeared in the ‘70s – this is ‘Morph – Out on the Tiles’

Peter said:

 “When I heard about the project, almost my first thought was ‘This’ll be perfect!’ The tile is baked terra-cotta clay and Morph has always been a little terra-cotta hero, so I thought they’d naturally belong together.. The original idea was that I’d make Morph as if he was emerging from the tile – clay coming back to life – but when I sketched it out in plasticine, I couldn’t get it to work the way I wanted. To be honest it just looked like half-a-Morph on a tile. I couldn’t quite capture the movement I wanted. But while I was working, I found a pose that seemed lively and active and, well, cheerful. Just Morph sitting on the tile, clearly very happy.”

Peteris on Twitter @PeteLordAardman

You can imagine how delighted the Curzon team were to receive Tile Number 3! Big cheesy grins all round!

This tile is designed by none other than Oscar award winning creator at Aardman, Nick Park. Painted by the hands who first created Wallace and Gromit, they are both pictured with Shaun the Sheep and Feathers McGraw.

Eye catching and delicately drawn, this is a tile the entire family could celebrate, appreciate and marvel at for years to come. Just like the Curzon Cinema, Nick Park’s characters have entertained everyone who has crossed their path for decades. Signed on the back, the tile is the perfect addition to any collector’s treasure chest or perhaps a spectacular talking point for those fans of animation, Aardman or general cinema.

The next beauty, Tile Number 4, Penguin Projection, comes from  Merlin Crossingham, one of the directors at Aardman who took on the role of Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit in 2009 and also directed and voiced the re-launch series of Aardman’s oldest stop motion character, Morph.

Merlin’s most recent credit was Animation Director on Nick Park’s latest feature film, “Early Man”, which was released in Jan 2018.

Merlin has created a tile with Wallace and Gromit’s arch nemesis Feathers McGraw as the star of his piece.

Merlin said:

“Feathers McGraw lives in the shadows just as film noir movie stars do too. So I wanted to reveal Feathers in shadow form, making the place he hides give him away.”

It’s rare to find Feathers McGraw as the star of any Aardman or film collectors item, particular one painted by a Creative Director from Aardman no less.

Merlin is on Twitter and Instagram @ernyberny

Tile Number 5 is from Clevedon’s very own Paul Dainter who has painted his tile with these fabulous iconic images and called it ‘Movie Greats’

“After a lot (a lot!) of deliberation I decided to paint a selection of iconic movie characters, to give my tile the widest appeal possible; hopefully something for everyone! I’m thrilled to be involved with such an important and worthwhile cause. The Curzon is the cornerstone of the Clevedon community and an irreplaceable asset to our town.”

Paul is the proud owner of a renovated furniture business and art gallery called Polodango. He creates his own beautiful, original paintings and the results of a poll at the annual Clevedon Art Club exhibition, saw his entry voted as the ‘People’s Favourite Piece’ with his work ‘The Struggle’

Paul is also a great advocate for art in Clevedon and is currently setting up an open art exhibition featuring original art from local artists. Friday 6th December is the special preview evening and then the artworks will remain on sale, on display, until the New Year.

It’s hard to believe, that up until seven years ago, Paul was in the corporate world, but having a passion for all things creative, he decided to take the plunge and embark on a Contemporary Art Degree course at Bath Spa University, alongside running the business. His ambition is to one day become a full time portrait artist. If you’d like to check out more of Paul’s work, you can find him on Instagram @polodango and Facebook @polodango. All the best Paul.

Tile Number 6, Showtime, features the work of local artist Caroline Cunningham. and is inspired by the art deco design of the Curzon Cinema. I love the style of this tile, it’s colourful, it’s vibrant and it’s fun.  

Caroline said:

”Drawing and using acrylic paint onto the rough tile was challenging, but enjoyable….a determined labour of love!”

Caroline studied textile design at Birmingham College of Art and worked in London as a knitwear designer, also producing needlepoint and rug designs for various craft magazines.

After moving to Clevedon she began working on abstract silk paintings, with themes drawn from both abstract and natural subjects. ‪.

Caroline is a  key name in the South West art scene, having organised exhibitions at the Bristol Guild and many Christmas craft shows in the Curzon Cinema Clevedon Oak Room. She is also a member of North Somerset Arts‪.

If I think about street art, I think about Bristol, often described  as the capital of street art and graffiti in the UK; home of Upfest, Europe’s biggest street art festival; the place where Banksy made his name before moving to London. You can see more of Caroline’s work here

Tile Number 7, Naughty When Wet which features Gizmo, the adorable, very kind Mogwai in Gremlins, is the work of Bristol based, self-taught artist, Angus McBob.

There are three rules when it comes to caring for a Mogwai: no bright light, no eating after midnight and you mustn’t get them wet hence the warning on Angus’ tile! If they do get wet…… you may not have seen the films so I won’t spoil it for you.

Angus said:

“I’ve wanted to paint Gizmo for a while now and wasn’t sure how big or where so when the tile came in to play it was a perfect win win.”

Angus has been painting on the streets and in festivals since 2015. He takes his inspiration from the people in his life, current affairs, iconic figures and the creative backdrop of the Bristol Art scene, to help him create his unique works.

Angus has taken part in many paint festivals nationwide and was selected four years in a row for Upfest. When he is not out on the street painting he is busy in his studio creating artwork for some of the leading Galleries in the UK.

Angus boasts a couple of celebrity commissions and a number of urban art books. He has worked with artists all over the world to expand his creative portfolio.

I love the inclusive nature of street art, the freedom it gives the artists to express themselves and of course it’s such a  diverse form of expression for people from all over the world. It also brightens the place up and breathes life into grey, forgotten spaces.

If you’d like to see more of Angus’ work and that of other very talented Upfest artists, you can check it out here: He is also on Facebook and Instagram @angusart85 .

Tile Number 8, Tile Tings, has been created by Rich Webber, freelance director and animator character designer at Aardman. Rich’s tile features these cheeky, little funny faces with their broad smiles, toothy grins and bulging eyes! I love these little creatures who exude mischief, they make me laugh everytime I look at them.

Rich is known for his work on Purple Brown for Nickelodeon DC Nation shorts for Warner Bros. Entertainment and of course, Aardman Animations.

Alongside his design and directing talents Rich is also known for voicing characters such as Shirley in Shaun the Sheep, Purple from Purple and Brown and Grubup from Nick Park’s feature film Early Man and most recently Lula’s father Ubo in the latest Shaun the sheep movie Farmageddon.

Rich said:

“I liked the idea that the Curzon’s roof might be inhabited by little creatures!  They were originally going to be seagull poop, but it seemed a bit gross!”

Rich is on Instagram @waaber

Beautiful, Tile Number 9 with its bold design, vibrant, intense colour and geometric shapes has a real 1920s Art Deco feel to it.

It was created by Sarah Matthews the Senior Designer for the Interactive Department at Aardman. Sarah has been involved in some exciting projects such as ‘Story Sign’, an app to help deaf children read by translating the text from books into sign language, and ‘Home Sheep Home 2’ for Nintendo Switch, helping Shaun and friends get home in a physics based puzzle-solving game.

Sarah also goes by her nickname Berny, which she has used to create an illustration brand outside of everyday work, called Berny’s Place. Here she illustrates all the things she enjoys, from musicians, to landscapes, for various publications, and just for fun. She has a distinct style of thin black line-work, bold splashes of background colour, and featureless faces. She has also been an artist for the Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City trails across Bristol and London, designing and painting 5ft statues of iconic Aardman characters, Gromit and Shaun, which were auctioned off for The Grand Appeal Children’s charity.

Check out Berny’s Place, here: Sarah is also on Instagram @bernysplace

Tile Number 10, The Rank Organisation, comes from Simon Farrell who has worked for Aardman Animations for a number of years and is an assistant art director, senior set dresser and prop maker. Simon has worked on films such as the Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Shaun the Sheep the Movie and Farmageddon, Early Man and the Shaun the Sheep series. Prior to working at Aardman Simon has worked on many opera and theatre productions at the Welsh National Opera and the National Theatre, shows such as The Audience, Les Mistérables, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Treasure Island.

His tile is something a little different within this Art on the Tiles auction. Simon has used his tile as a dedication to British cinema gone by. The image is in fact a logo, the Gongman, first used in 1935 by The Rank Organisation group’s distribution company General Film Distributors and seen in the opening titles of the films. It quickly became a celebrated and enduring film emblem.

The Rank Organisation was a British entertainment conglomerate founded by industrialist J. The man Arthur Rank in April 1937. It quickly became the largest and most vertically integrated film company in the United Kingdom, owning production, distribution and exhibition facilities. Though not in the film businesses any more, The Rank Organisation has a filmography that many will remember and cherish. Perhaps this particular tile is a symbol of British cinema in it’s heyday, something the Curzon strongly supports and celebrates!

Tile Number 11, I’m Happy Again, has been sculpted by Teän Kirby and is reminiscent of  Gene Kelly in “Singin in the Rain’, one of the most loved film musicals of all time. The Curzon’s roof is full of leaks, threatening this historic cinema’s future. Tean has chosen to shown this little character climbing out of a very big hole in the roof armed with his umbrella.

Teän produces a unique collection of high quality, individual ceramic and pottery pieces, under the name of Teona Pottery. I would strongly urge you to look at her website where Teän showcases the most exquisite works of art

Teän works with a group of seven professional artists who live and work in Portishead, North Somerset. Their homes are all within walking distance of the estuary and each other and their work, which is very diverse, is influenced in one way or another by the Severn Estuary.

Born on the Gower coast and named after a tiny island in the Scilly Isles, Teän has had a long standing love affair with the sea and although she misses the grandeur of the waves which crash in from the blue Atlantic onto wilder shores, she fully appreciates the complexity and diversity of Mother Nature in the Severn Estuary which is a constant source of inspiration.

Teän has two main interests in her life: the need to include a social and community dimension to her work and an interest in the Arts; two elements that featured largely in her work with the Mental Health Trust. 

Although Teän has now left the Mental Health Trust and is focusing more fully on her own life, the community aspect of her life is still reflected in her participation in the Public Art Steering Group at Portishead Marina.

Tile Number 12, The Upper Circle, is from Brenda Riley.  Brenda is a painter, photographer and mixed media artist based in Clevedon. Having trained and practised as an architect for 20 years, Brenda Riley studied fine art and now combines art and design in both her own work and her teaching.

Brenda has perfectly depicted the magical idea of the tales hidden within a cinema’s walls with an architectural eye, appreciating the art deco structural interior design, which the Curzon boasts.

Brenda said:

“I wanted to combine a sense of the physical built space of the Curzon with its function of transporting us to other places and stories.”

The depth that Brenda creates within the modest space on the tile is extraordinary. You get a sense of the age and the majesty that Brenda sees in the Curzon’s building, something many will appreciate having visited themselves. You can see more of Brenda’s work here: and she is on Facebook @brendarileyartist

Tile Number 13, The Jungle Book is the work of Liza Donoghue who was an official artist for the Wallace & Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail 2018.  Her painted Gromit, based at Ashton Court, is called Wild at Heart and features twenty-six different endangered animals. Wild at Heart sold at the auction on 3 October 2018, under the wings of Concorde for £14,000.

Lisa is a member of the Clevedon Art Club and has exhibited at the Open and Members’ Exhibitions; the Clifton Art Open Exhibition; North Somerset Arts Exhibition and Polodango in Clevedon.

Lisa sells her paintings and collages and also take commissions, including animal portraits. If you would like to buy one of her paintings or to place a commission, you can contact her at, she is also on Instagram @theartistliza

Tile Number 14, The Man in the Iron Mask has been created by Alfred Stockham. Alf has long held a fascination for the story of  ‘The Man in The Iron Mask’ because of the mystery surrounding his identity. His paintings are often the results of hours of contemplation and his work achieves extraordinary vision.  At first glance, this piece shows two simple eyes, but look deeper and you begin to wonder what Alf was seeing, what he was thinking about as he sat looking at the tile. There’s a sense of feeling trapped, the unknown and, perhaps, melancholy or reflection.

Alfred said:

“I am aware that true greatness lies in simplicity.  My aim is to create an underlying visual dynamic. The poetry of the subject and the poetry of the structure support each other. The real or observed world and the subconscious dream world both play their part to make a painting sing.”

Alfred Stockham has had a distinguished career. He loved painting from his earliest days and after leaving the Royal Navy he studied at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art where he was awarded a Silver Medal. He was a Rome Scholar and Grenada Arts Fellow at the University of York before he arrived in Bristol in 1968 to take up a post as lecturer at Bristol School of Art ( now the University of the West of England ). where he became head of fine art.

/Alfred was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy in 1993 and was appointed honorary member of the permanent collection in 2001. His work is in public collections throughout Britain and Ireland and he is acknowledged by many artists as an inspiration and influence. If you’d like to see more of Alfred’s work, you can check him out here:

Tile Number 15, Titanic comes from local artist Chi-Yien Snow who moved to Clevedon in 2017 after a long career as a graphic designer. Chi-Yien has had a fabulous year: she was selected as an artist for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019, she won Art Battle Bristol in September and started her residency at Polodango, another Clevedon resident with a great passion for art who has created an exhibition area within his shop.

Chi-Yien’s tile reflects the Curzon’s interesting history: it opened as The Picture House in 1912, five days after the Titanic sank and the opening screening raised money for the survivors and victims’ families. The cinema was greatly expanded ten years later without losing a single screening, making it one of the world oldest purpose-built continually operating cinemas in the world.

Chi-Yien said:

I feel it’s the utmost importance to save the things we value and I’m honoured to be a part of this vital and creative fundraiser ‘Art on the Tiles’. There’s a romance to saving this historic cinema.’

You can check out more of Chi-Yien’s work here: – she is also on Instagram chiyiensnow_art

Tile Number 16, Nosferatu, comes from Ian Price, a well known figure on the south west art scene. He has shown landscapes and portraits in many galleries and venues in and around Bristol and Bath including the RWA Autumn Exhibition and the North Somerset Arts Trail as well as the Mall Galleries in London.

Ian takes inspiration from his immediate environment often painting outdoors before developing larger or more abstracted works in his studio. Living in Portishead means the Severn Estuary is a great source of inspiration for Ian.

In complete contrast, Ian also enjoys the representational challenge of portraiture and has successfully completed a number of commissions and has exhibited at the Holburne Portrait Prize in Bath.

The source of Ian’s inspiration for this particular tile came from a trip to the Curzon with his children, to see a silent film screening, complete with live organ accompaniment. He was keen to broaden their horizons and experience something different and Nosferatu, a classic ‘vampyre’ film which he hadn’t seen himself seemed like a good idea.

As the story unfolded and the level of tension and terror grew, Ian in turn grew increasingly uneasy about his idea. As Nosferatu was chased by a lynch mob along the dark city streets, he became increasingly troubled and……….. It would be a pity to spoil the plot but needless to say the children survived their outing.

I love Ian’s clever design especially the way he has incorporated Nosferatu’s shoulder and cloak into the curvaceous pleat of the tile.

If you’d like to see more of Ian’s work, check out his website Ian is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ianpriceart

Singin’ in the rain to keep the Curzon Cinema dry!’ Bristol born, award winning artist Julie Mainstone provides us with Tile Number 17. Julie painted the tile with a specialist watercolour ground which adheres to all sorts of surfaces and makes them capable of taking watercolour. The painting is pure watercolour, and she sealed it for protection with an artists professional matt acrylic varnish.

Julie has developed a deep passion for watercolour over 40 years and turned professional two years ago. As well as being an artist in her own right, Julie teaches Watercolour classes and visits art groups across North Somerset as a guest tutor and demonstrator.

Julie reminisced saying:

“The Curzon represents the cinema experience I remember from my childhood, when there was a real sense of occasion about going to see a movie”

She continued:

“There is such a fondness for this old classic – just as there is for the Curzon, and I hope that soon after the auction we will be able to sing in the rain together, nice and dry under a repaired roof!”

Julie’s tile made me smile  because there is always a big puddle that appears outside The Curzon whenever there is a heavy rainfall !

If you’d like to see more of Julie’s work, you can check it out here:, Julie is also on Facebook @juliemainstoneartist and on Instagram @juliemainstone

Tile Number 18, Hedwig, is a stunning and unique interpretation of one of cinemas most well-loved films. The artist Mandy Baykaa Murray  or “The Feather Lady” is an award winning wildlife artist, inspired by the natural world, in particular birds of prey which she is best known for painting on feathers.

To create her tile, Mandi painted the background using acrylic paint to suggest the silhouette of the owl and school, against the existing colour of the actual tile to suggest sunset. She painted the Snowy Owl onto the three feathers using acrylic paint then secured the feathers to the tile using a strong multi compound adhesive.

Mandi works from her home in Yatton, North Somerset and exhibits locally and nationally in events and exhibitions including North Somerset Arts weeks, Rutland Birdfair, The Wildlife Art Society International Exhibition and the Exhibition Of Wildlife Art to mention just a few.

The film Mandi has used as her inspiration for her tile is one of the first films she saw at The Curzon Cinema around seventeen  years ago, which she saw with her daughter who was then only a couple of months old. Mandy saw it at one of the baby friendly screenings which are so popular with parents and grandparents alike.

Mandi said:

“I was delighted to be asked to take part in ‘Art on the Tiles’ to help raise funds for the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon. Until now, Mandi has supported various wildlife charities through her art, but in this case, to present ‘wildlife art’ in a way to appeal to a wider audience is an exciting prospect, especially as the Curzon Cinema is such an impressive and important piece of local history. The film I used as my inspiration is one of the first films I saw at the Curzon Cinema around 17 years ago, which I saw with my daughter who was only a couple of months old.”

You can see more of Mandi’s work here:, she is also on Facebook as @wildwithpaintbrushes and on Instagram @mandibm

Tile Number 19, “Jurassic Park” is from Frank Harper, a Bristol based model maker and sculptor. Frank has worked for Aardman since 2014 and his credits include Shaun the Sheep: The Movie 1 & 2 and Early Man.

Frank’s Jurassic Park inspired tile reflects his creature-obsession which he has had since a young age. The gates that he has painted onto the tile are the final doors into a wild world of imagination and action. Most Jurassic themed items tend to entertain a dinosaur of some description, however Frank’s  unique take on the blockbuster favourite leaves the story in the eye of the beholder. What could be lurking around the corner? Where will your imagination take you?

Frank also sculpts and sells monsters kits and busts under the name WyrmWorld Sculpture.

This luxurious Tile Number 20 comes from Bafta award winning Richard Starzak, a.k.a. Richard “Golly” Goleszowski who has painted and moulded Shaun the Nefertiti on to one of the vintage tiles. Shaun the Nefertiti looks resplendent in his beautiful blue cap crown and luxurious collar.

Golly said:

“As soon as I saw the the tile, It reminded me of that sublime sculpture of Queen Nefertiti. Which has nothing to do with Shaun. Yet.”

Golly joined Aardman in 1983, he is credited with working on @amazingmorph Sledgehammer for Peter Gabriel, Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse in New York, his own film Ident and two Rex the Runt pilot films.

In 1992, Golly left Aardman to pursue a freelance career during which time he worked in New Zealand as Production Adviser for Oscar and Friends, and wrote and directed 13 episodes of Rex the Runt for BBC TWO winning the Carlton Award for International Animation at The Indies in 2000. He then went on to direct Robbie the Reindeer for the BBC – Robbie won 19 international awards including a prestigious BAFTA

After writing and directing the second series of Rex the Runt, and series 2 of Creature Comforts, Golly re-joined Aardman full time as Creative Director of the Broadcast and Development department going onto develop Shaun the Sheep for television.

He most recently worked on the development of Aardman’s feature film production, Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon which has just been released.

Richard is on Twitter @MrGolly

Tile Number 21, Twas the Curzon before Christmas as the name implies  is a festive affair from local illustrator Emily Charlotte Moran. Using her digital art, sand, glue, paint and a lot of creative flair, Emily has produced a stunning depiction of our snowy town centre scene with the Curzon taking pride of place. It is Emily who creates the beautiful art work for Discover Clevedon leaflets. She has an Etsy shop where you will find more stunning examples of her work including a lovely range of cards.

There’s so much I love about Emily’s tile: the detail, the depth, the snowy 3D effect. – it’s just magical.

Emily is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Somerset, England. She originally trained as a Graphic Designer and worked as an in-house designer at various companies in Kent. After moving back to Somerset in 2013 she took the leap to go freelance and pursue her passion for illustrating. Since completing a Masters in Illustration and achieving the highest grade of distinction, she now specialises in design work which includes unique illustrations.

She is an advocate for producing eco-friendly work and sustainable living; printing homewares on recycled and organic fabrics. Her cards and prints are printed on recycled paper and packaged in biodegradable bags. Her passion for the environment often influences her designs and many highlight endangered species, of which there are sadly a huge variety to choose from.

It’s a very busy time of the year for  Emily, but like all of the contributors to this fabulous project she has enjoyed it immensely.

She said ‘I am not sure where I found the time to get this done! But I loved every minute of the challenge!!’

If you’d like to see more of Emily’s work, check out her website: Emily also has a Facebook page: @EmilyCharlotteMoranIllustrations and Instagram @emilycharlottemoran

Tile Number 22, Captain Clevedon is from Kev F Sutherland comic writer, artist for The Beano, Marvel, Viz and Doctor Who and comedian. Kev has been writing and drawing comics, from his studio in Clevedon, for nearly 30 years. He also appears in schools and art centres teaching his popular Comic Art Masterclasses. I attended one of Kev’s Masterclasses a couple of years ago at Books on the Hill, with a group of students, and they still talk about it to this day.

Captain Clevedon our own local superhero, who appeared first in 1994 as a photocopied comic and returned in 2011 as a glossy adventure comic. Kev confessed he’s been a bit too busy to produce a new issue of Captain Clevedon for a few years, but hopes the Avon Avenger’s brief appearance on a roof tile will help in the battle to restore the Curzon.

As well as drawing, Kev has produced several shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and  was the producer of the UK’s Comic Festival in Bristol. Beginning as Comics 99, it included the National Comics Awards which he co-founded in 1997. For Comics 99 Kev produced The World’s Biggest Comic which featured the work of 100 of the world’s leading comic artists, auctioned to raise money for Comic Relief. Sutherland is also a comedian and caricaturist. From 1994 to 2004, Sutherland was a regular compere at Bristol’s Comedy Box where he developed the audience interactive game show Win Some Beer.

Kev is currently writing and drawing a 150 page, black and white graphic novel with the working title Findlay which he aims to self-publish.

Kevin is on Facebook and Twitter as @KevFComicArtist and a blog

Stephen Jacobsen’s Tile, Number 23, depicts a stunning view from Clevedon’s sea front and cleverly used the Sidney Keen Clevedon stamp in the tile as a feature – creating a flag floating in the wind celebrating the Curzon’s home town.

Stephen said:

“I held the tile in various directions before choosing an image. I thought it would be appropriate to use a view of Clevedon and I thought the ‘hump’ in the centre lent itself to a thick cloud. The banner was added later as I thought it would be fun to make use of the wording on the tile.”

Stephen was born in Manchester in 1946 and studied at Manchester College of Art and Liverpool College of Art before moving to London for a post graduate course at the Royal Academy Schools in 1970. He came to Bristol in 1976 and moved to Portishead in 1988. He was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy in 2008 and became vice president in 2013. In 2017 Stephen curated an exhibition at the Academy on the theme of ‘Air’ and now he is responsible for scheduling monthly shows in the ‘Academicians’ Gallery’ Throughout his career he has exhibited in the London and regularly in the west country.

You can see more of Stephen’s work here:

Tile Number 24, King Kong at the Curzon, is the creation of Tim Stephens who been a self-employed artist, illustrator and graphic designer since 2003.

Tim established Clevedon Rocks in 2018 to celebrate the unique character of Clevedon which is a beautiful Victorian seaside town, steeped in history, overlooking the Severn Estuary.

The Curzon’s history has been intertwined with Clevedon’s for over a hundred years. Unlike many cinemas built in the heyday of early silents and Hollywood, the Grade II listed building has always been a cinema, never closing its doors to film-goers. Tim’s very clever, very striking King Kong inspired design features the stunning Curzon facade that remains a cultural cornerstone of both Clevedon and independent cinema.

Tim said: “I am honoured to have been asked to help and to join such a selection of talented creatives. I’ve been visiting the Curzon for 40 years and can remember my very first trip to see a double bill of Dumbo and King Arthur and the Spaceman, aged five! Not surprisingly this is the first time I’ve been commissioned to painted a roof tile and it was certainly a challenge due to its unusual dimensions and surface. I hope people  like the results and it raises good funds for the appeal.”

If you’d like to see more of Tim’s work, you can find him at Tim is also on Facebook and Instagram @clevedonrocks

Tile Number 25, Flame Of Udûn is from Canadian-born Bristol-based artist, Verity Filipow. Verity is currently working as a puppet maker at Aardman Features. She has worked on Early Man, Shaun the Sheep 2: Farmageddon, as well as most recently the sixth season of Shaun the Sheep. Verity said:

“As a keen fan of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favourite cinematic creature. The Balrog is both terrifying and wondrous, and I remember sitting in awe in the theatre when it first appeared on the big screen in all its fiery glory.”

The Flame Of Udûn is a powerful character in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy who, is only referenced to, in this way, just once. Balrog as the Flame of Udûn, Gandalf orders it to retreat or face the consequences of divine conflict and final judgement before the Vala Mandos, the fate of all slain creatures. In one of the greatest scenes in that particular Lord Of The Rings film, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” is a passionate cry from Gandalf that is known as a classic line from the films.

Verity’s tile bursts with the fiery menace of such a creature from J R R Tolkien’s legendary story. The flames of green and yellow are mystical as well as threatening. Brought to life in a way that tells a bigger story, the tile is on fire at the base, bringing a heat to the anger of the Udûn.

Verity is on Instagram @creaturecave and Twitter @Creature_Cave

Tile Number 26 Spider-Man is from Clevedon born Mark Buckingham of DC Comics and Marvel Comics fame.

Our fictional super hero is balancing on top of the ridge in the middle of the antique tile in his most distinctive and iconic pose.

Mark said:

I was delighted to contribute to this project. Having grown up in Clevedon, the Curzon has always been special to me, as the place I first discovered the joy of cinema. When trying to decide how best to contribute to the ‘Art on the tiles’ project, I knew I wanted to pick something Iconic that everyone would immediately recognise, and with the success of the Marvel movies over the past ten years, and having once been a regular artist on everyone’s favourite web-spinner for a couple of years, Spider-Man felt like a perfect choice.”

Mark started working professionally on strips and illustrations for a British satire magazine called The Truth in 1987, where he first worked with Neil Gaiman illustrating some of his articles. His American debut came the following year as inker on DC Comics Hellblazer. Mark is best-known for his work on Marvelman, Hellblazer and Fables, though has worked on may titles for both Marvel and DC. Mark is also extremely well known as the regular artist on FABLES for Vertigo/DC Comics, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards.

He was also writer of “The Clamour for Glamour” the final story arc of Fairest, the companion title to Fables. Mark recently reunited with Neil Gaiman as they return to work, after a twenty five year wait, on Miracleman for Marvel Comics, beginning with their contribution to Marvel Comics #1000. He has also recently adapted Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, and the Voodoo chapter of American Gods, into comic book form. October saw the release of Lenny Henry ‘Who Am I, Again?’, Sir Lenny Henry’s memoir, for which Mark drew all the graphic novel sequences.

Tile Number 27, Estuary Evening has been created by Janet Haigh who is one of the UK’s leading textile artists. Janet created this incredible piece of art inspired by a view from her house. No other tile in the auction has used textiles and what Janet has created is something really mesmerising and tactile. At first glance, it’s a beautifully soft and stunning piece but when you delve deeper you become lost in the movement of the sea, the angle of the land and the beautiful sunset that inspired it.

Janet has meticulously detailed the creative process that she went through on her website – it makes for fascinating reading and is quite inspirational.

Janet said:

“I live and work in a house directly overlooking the Severn Estuary. This work has been made from my ongoing colour notations of the sea, land and sky. The curious raised and rippled patterns that emerge in traditional Indian Kantha stitching, remind me of the undulating patterns of sand, mud and the water. Continuous lines of running stitch using single strands of silk thread are applied to many layers of translucent silk fabrics, ripped and cut to form the elements of the seascapes. The water, land and sky are constantly changing; slowly sifting days of greys, browns and blues, but dawn and sunset offer rapid and sensuous transitions of subtle colour.”

Janet studied Fashion and Textiles at Liverpool art College in 1960’s. Initially a fashion designer and illustrator in London, moved to Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in Textile Design at Bristol University of the West of England. She later became a Senior Research Fellow developing textile techniques for ceramics, vitreous enamel, wood and paper. She eventually developed Heart Space Studios in Redland, Bristol, as a hub for teaching with and exhibiting local textile practitioners. She works now as a professional designer/maker in stitched textiles, mostly for exhibition, textile design companies and publishers.

Tile Number 28, Dusk, which fills me with a sense of peace and calmness, comes from award winning artist Joan Hudson. Joan is an award-winning artist with a life-long passion for painting. Having trained in a variety of media, her first love is working with acrylics. She is particularly well-known for her gilded paintings, her studies of people at work and especially local landscapes.

Joan’s tile encapsulates the panoramic view of the Estuary that one can enjoy from the sea front at Clevedon Pier. Using a light touch and carefully curated shades of blue and grey, she has painted the perfect early evening, shimmering sunset across the water. A scene that many will stop to stare at, however many times they have visited.

Joan said:

“I felt it was very important to contribute to the Curzon’s roof appeal. As a proud and happy Clevedon resident for the past 27 years, it was a privilege and a pleasure to paint a view of the iconic Clevedon Pier onto an original Sidney Keen roof tile from the equally iconic Curzon Cinema. I wish the Curzon every success with their fundraising”

If you would like to see more of her work, you can check it out here: Joan is also on Facebook @joanhudsonpaintings Instagram @joan.hudson3 and Twitter: @JHudsonpainting

Tile Number 29, Paddler on the Roof is from Nancy Farmer There is a big community of people who swim in Clevedon Marine Lake throughout the year but you’ll also find a regular gathering of sea swimmers at the Pier Beach who swim at high tide year all year round.

Come rain, shine or even snow, the Clevedon sea swimmers are continuing to keep a tradition alive that started in the 1930s. Sometimes they are only in the water for a matter of minutes, other days they will swim around the pier, depending on the tides and weather. The beach, the pier and the sea front are a tremendous tourist attraction as well as being very popular with locals.

Nancy’s artwork is inspired by her love of swimming outside, through the seasons, through weather and all temperatures. Her tile depicts a typical scene: people having lots of fun frolicking in the sea.  

Nancy said: “The tile is a demanding object to draw on: the curves demand that you do not ignore their shape, the Sidney Keen stamp demands that you also take it into account, the lovely terracotta surface demands that it is both beautiful and very rough. Fortunately, the sea at Clevedon makes similar demands, and contains something not unlike clay, as well as being only a little different in colour. The two came together quite happily. I did what people have come to expect and what I find most fun: I drew swimmers, messing about in the sea at Clevedon.”

Nancy lives and works in Somerset and has put on several solo exhibitions in Somerset, Suffolk, London and Nottingham, as well as taking part in several group exhibitions and local art societies.

You can check out Nancy’s work here: She is also on Instagram @nancyfarmer_artist and Facebook

Dartmoor based Alan Lee, master of the myth and folklore genre and Academy Award-winner, has created these two mysterious characters of the forest featured on Tile Number 30, Forest Dwellers. The materials he has used are charcoal and pastel.

Alan said:

“As an illustrator, my aim is not to dictate how things should look, but to serve the authors vision, and to create an atmosphere, a space between the words where the eye and mind can wander, and imagine for themselves …what will happen next.”

Alan was the illustrator for the special centenary edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in 1992 and worked for six years in New Zealand on Peter Jackson’s film trilogy The Lord of the Rings as the conceptual designer. Alan received the ultimate accolade for his work on the films, when he won an Oscar for the third film, Return of the King.

The Oscar wasn’t the only accolade Alan received – Peter Jackson was fulsome in his praise for his work, commenting:

“Alan Lee’s artwork has a beauty and lyricism about it. His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films.”

Alan has also worked on another Peter Jackson film King Kong, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia.

Alan is on Twitter: @AlanLee11225760

This magnificent Tile Number 31, Gold, Glorious Gold!  is the creation of Clarissa C. James and features the very beautiful Cordelia!

Cordelia really wants to help the Curzon cinema and her artist has used real 23 carat gold leaf to create this wondrous tile. Cordelia is a very generous creature. She just needs a little help herself. She suffers from severe gold separation anxiety. Just tempt her with a little offer and her whole hoard could be yours! Dragons have been part of the history of storytelling since the beginning of time and many dragons have graced the big screen at the Curzon since it opened its doors.

“It has been a real joy. I have not created a piece like this since leaving the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop over twenty years ago! It was such fun from beginning to end. I picked a dragon as the theme since so many of them show in phantasy stories on the silver screen. ‘Cordelia’ is my own invention and this seemed a perfect moment for an outing for her. Cordelia’s favourite hobbies are ruby gazing (she sees her eyes in them) and gold splashing. Years of bathing in gold have rubbed off on her scales.”

Clarissa is a classically trained artist whose work sells internationally for tens of thousands of pounds. She grinds her own paints to achieve a more unusual luminosity and texture. Her immaculate use of gold leaf brings a spiritual nature to her work. Here she has sculpted and painted directly onto a roof tile that is unique to British cinema history.

She began working in films at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich whilst still at school. Her first creature shop experience was on the 2nd Never Ending Story with Colin and Dorothy Arthur. In the early 90s Clarissa moved to England to work for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – her childhood dream. During those years, she also studied puppetry and began her research into classical drawing and painting techniques.

This interest took her first to Florence and then to Norway. In 2004, Clarissa set up her current painting studio in London. Painting has been the main focus of her work for the past twenty years until three years ago when she reintroduced sculpture to her practice.   Over the years, Clarissa has worked in Salzburg, Santa Fe, Rome and many other places but London has always remained her home. She is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Her work can be seen at Gladwell & Patterson.

If you’d like to see more of Clarissa’s stunning art, you can check it out here: She is also on Facebook @ClarissaCJames and Instagram @clarissa.cjames

Tile Number 32 is Blue Friendship Star by James Murray. James was born in Manchester and found initial fame playing Sandy Hunter in Coronation Street and has appeared in numerous television series and films since. This most recent work was on Age Before Beauty on BBC 1 and the Ryan Reynolds film Six Underground, due for release in December 2019. He has created a tile on a similar theme as his wife, Sarah Parish, painted directly onto a roof tile that is unique to British cinema history.

The two actors have worked together treating the same design with different colours – a patchwork Friendship Star design with a geometric star shape as the focal point.

James said:

“Cinema has the power to transport us into our imaginations and I love getting lost in film. I’m proud to have been involved in this auction to help save one of the world’s oldest cinemas – it’s absolutely worth protecting.”

The design fits the tiles profile perfectly, following the undulations but making them disappear at the same time. They look like they were designed freely and spontaneously but the friendship significance must be relevant here for the couple. The shapes are the same, but the colours give different atmospheres – perhaps a reflection of the artist’s personalities. We love that these tiles sit comfortably on their own or together as a pair, and particularly love the dog’s reaction in the background!

James met wife Sarah when they both started in Cutting It. Today, alongside busy acting jobs, they drive their charity The Murray Parish Trust to raise money to advance paediatric healthcare at Southampton Children’s Hospital, in memory of their first daughter Ella-Jayne who died at home aged eight months from a congenital heart defect.

If you’d like to see more of James’ work, you can check it out here: You may also like to take a look at their charity They are on Instagram @thejimmurray and Twitter @TheJimMurray

Tile Number 33, Cinema comes from Rosa Dodd who is the Senior Set Dresser and Prop Maker for Aardman. Exquisitely painted, almost as if it has aged through time, this roof tile depicts a cinema building from Rosa’s imagination upon a roof tile that is unique to British cinema history. The paintwork appears worn away and faded but Rosa includes a cheeky nod to some hit movies which are listed on the cinema wall – Jaws, ET, Psycho and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, which Aardman released last month. 

Rosa trained at University College Falmouth in illustration and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Scenic Art before joining Aardman and continuing her own self-employed career. During the last six years she has worked on Shaun the Sheep series four and five as well as the original Shaun the Sheep: The Movie and Early Man.

Poppins Over Bristol is Tile Number 34 which has been created by Linda Ruth Williams and Georgia Grace Williams . This charming rendition of the ever-popular Mary Poppins was devised by Linda and her daughter Georgia Grace Williams – and instead of the roof-tops of London, Mary floats over the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge on a roof tile that is unique to British cinema history.

Linda grew up in Bristol, and Mary Poppins was the first film she saw in the cinema (at the Gaumont, in 1965) – which is why Mary is flying over the  Suspension Bridge. It was also the first film her daughter Georgia saw right through. Georgia and Linda painted this tile together, alongside Linda’s husband and film critic Mark Kermode who has also created an Exorcist themed tile for Art on the Tiles.

Linda is Professor of Film at Exeter University, and researches contemporary British and American cinema, gender, sexuality and censorship. She is co-investigator of Calling the Shots: Women in contemporary UK Film Culture 2000-2015. She also curates Screenplay, the Shetland Film Festival, and co-founded of the New Forest Film Festival. She has served on six film festival juries.

Georgia is training at drama school and works as a writer, actor and musical performer in film and theatre.

Linda is on Instagram @lindaruthwilliams1 and Twitter: @Lindaruth1

Tile Number 35 A Melancholy Traveller Frozen in Time… has come from  legendary film critic, none other than,  Mark Kermode

“This is based on the iconic poster for The Exorcist; an image of Father Merrin arriving at the house on Prospect Street in Georgetown. It’s my favourite film of all time, from a novel which I also love. The film poster was inspired by Magritte’s Empire of Light. Really.”

​Mark is chief film critic for the Observer and on the BBC News Channel Film Review; he hosts his own podcast Kermode On Film, and has a soundtrack movie soundtrack show on Scala radio. He co-hosts Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live, presents Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema on BBC2 and a has a monthly live show at the BFI Southbank, Mark Kermode Live in 3D.

Hailed by Stephen Fry as ‘the finest film critic in Britain’ he is the author of several books about film, most recently his memoir How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures.

Mark plays double-bass and harmonica in the Dodge Brothers, the award-winning skiffle-and-blues band who also accompany silent movies with Neil Brand. He holds two Sony Awards for his radio programmes, and the Dodge Brothers album The Sun Set was voted Blues Album of the Year 2013 by the roots music magazine Spiral Earth. With his wife Linda he co-curates the Shetland Film Festival.

Mark’s wife Linda and daughter Georgia also painted a tile together for Art on the Tiles.

Check Mark out on his website or on Instagram @kermodedodge. He’s on Facebook and Twitter @KermodeMovie

Yellow Friendship Star by Sarah Parish is Tile Number 36. Well-known British actor Sarah Parish was born in Somerset and is best known for her work in numerous television series including series three of Broadchurch, partially filmed in Clevedon as well as appearing in several films such as The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. She has created a tile on a similar theme as her husband, James Murray, painted directly onto a roof tile that is unique to British cinema history.

The two actors, who now live in Hampshire, have worked together treating the same design with different colours – a patchwork Friendship Star design with a geometric star shape as the focal point.

Sarah said:

“I’m a local girl, born and raised in Somerset so it is wonderful to help protect such an important historic gem like the Curzon. It was great fun creating this tile – it’s bright, lively and bold.”

Sarah’s design fits the tiles profile perfectly, following the undulations but making them disappear at the same time. They look like they were designed freely and spontaneously but the friendship significance must be relevant here for the couple. The shapes are the same, but the colours give different atmospheres – perhaps a reflection of the artist’s personalities. We love that these tiles sit comfortably on their own, or together as a pair, and particularly love the dog’s reaction in the background!

Sarah began acting at a young age and believes her first performance was aged two in a pantomime in her village, playing a pearl in an oyster. After training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London she secured a string of a roles in various television series including Cutting It where she met her husband James. Today, alongside busy acting jobs, they drive their charity The Murray Parish Trust to raise money to advance paediatric healthcare at Southampton Children’s Hospital, in memory of their first daughter Ella-Jayne who died at home aged eight months from a congenital heart defect.

Sarah is on Instagram @sarahparish23 and on Twitter: @DrSarahParish  You can have a look at her charity here

Tile Number 37 is the beautiful work of Alan Snow, Bird Song Boogie This gorgeous, diagrammatic illustration by author and illustrator of children’s literature, Alan Snow, uses the terracotta background to brilliant effect – spare, funny and smart. We aren’t quite sure if this is David Attenborough or Alfred Hitchcock at work – but whoever, he is definitely inspired by the bird song.

Alan has won numerous awards for his work as a children’s book illustrator as well as for design and computer animation. One of his best known picture books, How Santa Really Works was given away to students at Harvard Business School as an example of one of the best guides to the manufacturing process.  More recently his children’s novel, Here Be Monsters, was made into an animated film, The Boxtrolls, by Laika and spent several weeks at top of the UK box office last Autumn.

In the last 18 months Alan has turned his many talents towards setting up an ice cream parlour, with a nod in terms of décor towards Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

Alongside these projects Alan is working on The Illustrated Kitchen Handbook – an illustrated guide to how to use – and get the most out of – appliances and tools in the kitchen.  It goes far beyond a simple guide – calling on a huge amount of academic research and practical experience.

Alan is also working on a new picture book, provisionally entitled 243 Birds, based on a group of young birds who find a set of plans for a classic post war speed attempt car.  The birds are going for 243 because it’s a mile over the top speed of any bird in nature and also about what these cars were reaching in the 50s/60s.  The detail will be correct in terms of the technical side, particularly about how an engine really works, and how to make adjustments to increase speed.

If you’d like to know more about Alan, you can check him out here:

This delightful Tile Number 38, features Alice in Wonderland the main character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, much loved children’s book, by Lewis Carroll, published in 1865. 

Julie Kingcott. the creator is a professional artist working in a wide variety of mixed media, based at her Studio Gallery in Wrington, North Somerset. She is well known for her animal portraiture. This, alongside her love for the theatrical world, is what inspired her tile for the Curzon.  

Julie is the only artist to have used both sides of her tile. Using the ridge on the front, her incredibly detailed hare looks 3D, like he is looking out at us. On the reverse we see Alice falling down the rabbit hole as Julie uses the tile’s concave shape and the lumpy texture of the surface to suggest rocky earth. This tile is stunning, magical and intricate.

Julie said:

I have many childhood memories of the Curzon cinema, spending almost every weekend there with my friends, which for us always felt like a magic wonderland in which to to escape. Both my own children and now grandchildren have continued to enjoy this very special place.”

The last Tile Number 39, Long Live Film, comes from Jenny Hardy, a documentary photographer based in Clevedon at her studio Room 42. Jenny studied her art  at the Photography School in Newport and has experience in editorial for magazines and travel publications in the UK.

Her work has been exhibited at, the Architecture Centre, The RWA – photography open and Hereford Photography Festival.

Jenny’s mission is to keep film and photography alive in the age of mobile phones and to keep photographing the Clevedon community.

Jenny explained that she painted the tile with a matt, chalk based paint to keep the surface porous and as acid free as possible. The images are made by a process called Polaroid lifting, where you separate the emulsion layer that contains the image from the backing and apply to a new surface.

She said:

“The images are made from Polaroid so can never be repeated, the photons that bounced of the Curzon are now on the tile, atomically speaking you now own a very small part of the cinema” …“oh and keep out of direct sunlight”.

If you’d like to know more about Jenny, check out her website here or you might like to follow her on Twitter @roomnoir and Instagram @jennyhardyphotography

And there we have it! Thirty-nine roof tiles made in the Sidney Keen Brickworks in the 1920s transformed into the most unique pieces of art. I hope that all of these local artists, internationally recognised filmmakers, designers and celebrities know how much the Clevedon community appreciate the time, effort and energy that has gone into their creations.

We love our cinema, it is one of the UK’s few traditional, independent cinemas and has been at the centre of life in Clevedon since 1912, enjoyed by generations of Clevedon people. To think of it closing is frankly unthinkable!

‘Art on the Tiles’ is an ingenious fundraising idea and I’ve really enjoyed putting this blog post together. It offers a comprehensive picture of all that is on offer and is my tribute to the charity, the very hard working Curzon team and the wonderful creatives who have made it happen.

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