John Atkin’s large-scale artworks are often commissioned as part of public realm regeneration projects because the imagery he uses has a historical and cultural relevance to specific locations, creating a sense of place, and redefining Towns and Cites as cultural destinations.
He frequently collaborates with Landscape Architects and Highway engineers on urban design projects in order to embed an artwork into the multidisciplinary language of new civic spaces, stimulating commercial growth and civic well being, through the use of art within the built environment.
He has an international track record of delivering cutting edge artworks worldwide and has worked on innovative urban regeneration schemes as Lead Artist, as well as signature gateway designs for projects that require distinctive interpretations of themes linked to high-quality designed locations that are global destinations for tourists and visitors.
He has a deep understanding of Chinese culture and has worked extensively in China since 2008, when his seminal sculpture, Strange Meeting was commissioned as part of the Beijing Olympiad. This sculpture received high profile publicity from the BBC and British Council.
His work is also exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Atkin is also the recipient of numerous awards and prizes from the public and private sector, detailed below.
John Atkin was up until recently Programme Director-Fine Art: Loughborough University, UK
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