“There’s a natural evolution to my art, giving it a recorded past along with its moment of shared present whilst making its contribution to a future beyond my reach, but possibly, not beyond the reach of my art.” (Grant. From an opening speech at ‘Plant Crossing’ (Joint exhibition) held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Art Gallery)
At an early age, Grant read that Picasso had said “To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all” . How right he was – as history shows us.
It has been said that the works of Grant form the scaffolding of an unrestrictable future where time returns to haunt us and our history fades into insignificance. His designs, paintings, drawings and projects combine to unlock the influences around him so that he may communicate his inner understanding of the World, the Universe and everything. At the age of 4, he created his first chalk and charcoal drawings and at 8 he insisted on learning Latin and illustrating all the characters in the rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built”. At 11, he designed greetings cards that were sold at ‘Cobweb & Strange and at 21 he opened an art studio in Ardrishaig, Scotland with craftworker John Hamilton.
Following that, he moved to Wales to open a visitor centre and gallery where he first painted watercolours as backdrops to exhibitions on aquaculture in a manner that communicated the importance of water in everything we do. One of the exhibitions toured the UK with the West Midlands Area Museum service after being hosted by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
This early ‘WWOOF’ Tea Cloth has just been donated to our WoW Collections by one of our charity volunteers.
How it works:
Volunteers (Wwoofers) travel around the world from host to host, picking up new skills and gaining experience and understanding of other cultures.
All hosts, including the HoBB Project House, hope for happy volunteers to help them continue their many and varied projects.
There is no other international organisation quite like Wwoof for its ability to culture useful links between people interested in organic farming.
Even if you are not interested in being a ‘wwoofer’ host or volunteer right now, take a look at their international web site and get up to speed on the ways being developed to keep soils alive, keep food healthy and as a result, create an ever more balanced organic future for everyone.
Our charity has worked alongside the UK volunteer network for over 25 years and now, with the wonderful growing support of volunteers, we are researching and conducting both educational and development programme. Present projects include research into organic aquaculture and geo-positioning apps that reposition water heritage collections back into the World using augmented VR for education and added visitor enjoyment.
If you would like to join Wwoof and get their international list of hosts, please visit their web site.