Collaborative Painting UK @ RWA


During August 2018, the Royal West of England Academy and Collaborative Painting UK will host a series of five Tunisian Collaborative Painting workshops and bring together 40 local artists to  create 10 new collaborative artworks. The sessions led by Luke Palmer will ask the artists to work in groups of four and follow the TCP process:

  • One artist in each group is appointed to start the painting
  • Anyone else in that group can then join in
  • Anyone can paint over anyone else's work
  • The painting process is conducted in complete silence
  • A maximum of 3hrs is set - if an artist feels that the painting is finished, they must raise their hand. The others in the group also vote by raising a hand - majority vote rules

Collaborative Painting UK @ RWA follows on from a collaborative drawing performance at the RWA Drawing LAB in April 2017 with artists Bea Kayani, Felix Braun, Catherine Knight and Luke Palmer, and the launch of Tunisian Collaborative Painting TCPUK at Kingsweston House in May 2016.

Artists taking part include:

3Dom, Richard Twose, Epok, Sarah Dixon, Helen Acklam, Clare Thatcher, Ashar, Miss Hazard, Gemma Waterfall, Annika Wilkinson, Ben One, Jules Horn, Graham Paris Dews, Pauline Palmer, Rob Wheeler, Dicy, Sophie-Rae, Jody, and Ziml

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Collaborative Painting UK @ RWA is supported Arts Council England

Collaborative Painting UK @ UPfest18!

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Collaborative Painting UK will be taking part in UPfest18 and doing something a little bit different this year...!

'Collabrotate' is a new concept that was first trialled at Collaborative Painting UK @ Centerspace in May 2018 and we will be repeating it live at UPfest18 on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018 at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Four artists begin painting a canvasses mounted to one side of a square tower. After 20 minutes, the artists rotate around the tower and continue to paint into the next image. This process repeats until the artists return to their original paintings and can spend a further 20 minutes to complete the painting.

Artists taking part in Collabrotate @ UPfest18 include:

  • Katrina Kolk
  • Kalisaur
  • Jka
  • Annika Wilkinson
  • Dosy Doss
  • coLor
  • Tamoonz
  • Liz von Graevenitz
  • 8Mail
  • Joshila Dhaby
  • Ione Domíinguez
  • Mr Draws
  • Sam Emm



Collabrotate @ UPfest18 will be based at Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road - opposite Greville Smyth Park.

There will be two live sessions on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July:  11am-1pm  &  3-5pm

All the images created at Collaborative Painting UK @ UPfest18 will be exhibited at the Tobacco Factory following the festival.

We look forward to seeing you at UPfest18!

Collaborative Painting UK would like to thank Brunel Security and South West Upholstery for sponsoring Collabrotate @ UPfest18!

Collaborative Painting UK @Centrespace Launch

On Friday 18th May 2018, 12 people from different professional backgrounds were invited to take part in a Collaborative Painting UK workshop at Centrespace Gallery in Bristol. Without introducing ourselves we gathered as a group and i explained the guidelines for the session:

  • Participants would be randomly split into groups of 4 and work together on one of 3 blank canvases hung on the gallery walls
  • One artist will be appointed to begin the painting
  • Anyone else in the group can then join in
  • Anyone can paint over anyone else's work
  • The painting process is done in complete silence

I gave a time limit of 2.5 hours, but if someone felt that their collaborative painting was complete before this time was up, they should raise their hand. The other artists in the group can then decide to vote to finish by also raising their hand too. The majority vote rules.

The 3 groups all completed their artworks in just over two hours, which allowed us a little bit of extra time to regroup and evaluate the experience and celebrate the shared achievement. 

And then the DJs arrived! The Private View photos will have to wait for another post, but in the meantime i need to thank a whole list of people...!

This event wouldn't have been possible without my involuntary right hand man Tim Shapcott who collected and transported all the canvases and materials, built the Collabrotate installation, filmed and photographed the collaborative painting session, and then lit the BBQ and fed everybody the best burgers Leonards Lane has ever seen. A true champion, thank you for all your help Tim.

All of the participants who took part in the workshop, i honour your bravery and loved working with you all! Gina Love, Annika Wilkinson, Justin MacCarthy and Ian Thomson for trailing Collabrotate for the first time, Graham Dews for supporting the day, Damian Haka for helping hang the show and keeping the energy fuelled with vegan snacks, Ian Irwin for endless positivity and support, and Ruth and Moira at Centrespace.

The DJs who brought the freshest vibes in town! Thank you Neil Dubbu, Sam Bradshaw, DJ Fade, and Fuse One - and to Billy Daniel Bunter and Sonia for driving all the way over from London to come and drop some tunes and get involved... exciting times ahead! Great to meet old school local legend Vinyl Junkie and Rachael too.

The team at Brond, especially Dan and Angie for everything you have done to help take Collaborative Painting UK forward. Mel at Fedrigoni for supplying some beautiful paper and the guys at William Grand and Sons for an exceptional bar!

My brother Josh for saving the day and moving my car after forgetting it was in the car park and having had one too many Hendricks, and Dave Wilding for helping me shift the show next week.

And of course a massive thank you to everyone who came to the Private View and partied with us and everyone who has visited the exhibition and shown support to what i am doing. 

To be continued...!

Beautiful Words from Xenz


xenzogram on Friday 18th May: @collaborativepaintinguk are holding an event and exhibition of these paintings. If you're in Bristol or the UK, please go check it out. It’s at Centerspace Gallery, Bristol.

I made a collaborative painting at Kings Weston House in 2016. Made in complete silence along with three other artists chosen at random from a group. I got to collaborate with @berol_meltdown @therealflxone and @andycouncil . No pre planning, no sketch, just pure meditative painting, together as one. There is something magic that happens. You experience the piece evolve while you communicate with paint. No words, no talking, just painting. It does something positive deep inside your soul. It’s not about creating a masterpiece, it’s not a competition, it’s about the act of doing and responding to each other’s presence and as the painting evolves, the bond with your fellow collaborators strengthens. Seeing the work develop makes your inner mind feel calm, happy, energised. Everyone can do this. And you should.

Lets talk about #mentalhealthawareness in my opinion this is a therapy that helps with mental health. We all have a mentality and we all need to keep that healthy. I want all my followers to understand that this is a positive way forward for society. It encourages you and helps your mental state without words, just expression - it invigorates your very being to take part in creating something. This truly can save. I want you to get involved. It’s good for you. Everyone should be creative. And this is a perfect opportunity for all. 
I really respect you Luke for believing in this and taking it forward. Together we make it a success. 🙏🏻

Collaborative Painting UK @ Centrespace - Schedule

Sat 19th - Tues 22nd May 2018  Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA

Sat 19th - Tues 22nd May 2018

Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA

Friday 18th May


  • Tunisian Collaborative Painting Exhibition - featuring collaborative artworks by Bea Kayani, Felix Braun, Catherine Knight and Luke Palmer; Andy Council, Xenz and Mat Eco; Cheba, Gina Love, Silent Hobo and Josh Ben-Tovim; Richard Twose, Samanth Fellows, Ian Thomson and Frances Mansfield; and Graham 'Paris' Dews, Dan Delmonte, Jesse Wintertuck and Ziml.
  • Live ‘Collabrotate’ Art Installation - 4 artists, 4 canvases, 2 hours of live collaborative painting!
  • Strictly Vinyl Collaboration Soundsystem with Sam B, Dubbu, Fuse One and very special guest DJ!

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Sat 19th + Sun 20th May


Over the weekend there will be the opportunity for YOU to take part in a Collaborative Painting UK session at Centrespace gallery! Learn more about this amazing process by working with other people and creating a piece of collaborative art that you can keep.

Session times (Sat+Sun) - Morning: 10:30am - 1pm, Afternoon: 2pm - 4:30pm.

Cost: £20 per person. All materials are provided

For more information and to book , Click Here

Exhibition open to public 10am-6pm

Mon 21st + Tues 22nd May


Collaborative Painting UK workshops for young people. Improve team-building and self development skills through collaborative art activities.

Session times (Mon+Tues) - Morning: 10am-12:30pm, Afternoon: 1:30-4:00pm

Each session is suitable for 4-5 participants and cost £80

All materials are provided and participants can keep a section of the collaborative artwork they create together.

For more information and bookings, Click Here or contact Luke: tel: 07932735070

Exhibition open to public 10am - 4:30pm

Collaborative Painting UK facilitate creative arts events and training that build new networks, develop communication skills, celebrate shared experience and create unimaginable, unique works of art.

I hope that you will be able to join us at some point over the week and look forward to sharing the paintings, community engagement and positive activities that Collaborative Painting UK is creating. I would love to hear from you if you are interested in working together or discussing an idea that you have - collaborating is at the heart of what we do!

Luke Palmer

Collaborative Painting UK @ Victoria Park, Frome

On a recent visit to Frome i arranged to meet with Paris for a catch up and to take a look at a wall that needed painting. I had a boot full of paint, a change of clothes and was ready to go... but no sooner had we met then the bitterly cold winds picked up and it started to snow. Paris suggested a pub lunch, but i wasnt going to be deterred by a bit of cold and insisted we painted.

We were both glad we did - the sun eventually broke through and painting came together effortlessly. We didnt discuss any part of the painting and simply responded to what each other was doing, bouncing colours around and chopping lines and shapes over blends and fades. 

Artists Graham Dews and Luke Palmer painting a collaborative mural without prior planning or discussion whilst painting. Feb 2018 in sub zero temperatures!