IMAGE OF LEARNING. Project launched 1995





Area of Work

Opening thoughts and devising projects on the subject of Good Quality CLOSURE


Life is a race at a fairly fast pace. It needs to be continually studied as ‘answers’ keep evolving. Few, if any, have all the answers but through  learning new ways to question, personal understandings can be reached more easily. The image of learning, as Deep Thought knew, lies in asking the right question. And the image of understanding comes from not jumping to fixed conclusions.

There are many groups in the World for individuals to join.  Each group defines its own rules to confine its members.  Most of the time, these groupings get along fine, but now and again, a clash between group ideals occurs, conflict erupts and people get hurt emotionally and physically.

The one central global problem creating conflict is ‘poor quality closure’. In essence, this is people jumping to conclusions based on low understandings, history-rooted attitudes,  rumours,  poor judgements and old-time creeds.

Before the advent of print and the World’s ability to spread its many different ‘teachings’, disparate ideas proliferated.  Print distilled these ideas. The internet speeds this distillation process but it is slow going because we are all still trying to negotiate a shared way through such a vast legacy of learnings.

Image of Learning  [Combined BIOS]

Its co-founders Peter and Grant, share an interest in Closure.

They met at the University of Central England whilst Peter was studying Art [Practical] M.A.  Visual Communication. (Thesis: Closure) after working as a teacher following an Education [Theoretical] B.A.  (Open University ) Arts & Humanities.

Their first three papers were:

‘The Value of Closure’
‘The Elements of Sequential Art’
The ‘Use of ‘Story’ within the Educative Process’

CPD (Continual Professional Development):

‘Management Development & Team Leadership’ [Beeches College]

‘Computing Software :  QuarkXpress; Photoshop’  [Bournville College]

‘Print Making’          [Birmingham Print Workshop]

‘TV / Video Prod Course’   [Birmingham University]

‘Web Design’            [Inst. of Art and Design, University of Central England]

‘TV Prod Course’       [Selly Oak School]

‘Business Funding’     [Birmingham Chamber of Commerce]

‘Business Marketing’  [University of Aston in Birmingham, Small Business Centre]

‘Pottery Course’.         [Bournville College]

‘Educational Dance’    [Midland Arts Centre]

‘Digital Publishing:  Adobe Illustrator; Freehand’. [Aston ITEC]

‘Team Leadership – Live Wire Business Growth Challenge’ [Aberdovey Outward Bounds Centre]

‘Calligraphy Course’    [Midhurst School]

‘Writing in Education’ [Winterbourne College]

‘Public Speaking and Chairmanship’    [Birmingham School of Speech & Drama]

‘Peter Pan (Set Construction and acting). Wuthering Heights (Set Design)                 [Crescent Theatre, Birmingham]

‘Storytelling’ [Aberystwyth University. Lifelong Learning]

‘Writing for Sound’   [Aberystwyth University. Lifelong Learning]


Clients include:

Birmingham City Council: Visualisation of the City Pedestrianisation Scheme,

Design of Educational Visitor Centre in Ireland (Peat Workings)

Designs for School Literature in six languages for Swedish Paper Manufacturer

Digital Imagery adaptations for Ikon Gallery with Matt Fisher and Chris Stirrup

Birmingham:  Digital Imaging & Animation Prog. Design, supported by Photopack/  West Midlands Arts

Handsworth:   Opportunity to explore numeracy through sound, story, role play, icons, art, movement ; in conjunction with Birmingham Education & Business Partnership

Whitton School: Illuminating and Re-writing their  ‘300 years in the making’ during Big Arts Week.

Bordesley Green:  Out of School Hours extracurricular Workshops on Survival

Lee Bank:   Strengthening Community  through documenting & dissemination  – Human Facilities Management

Robin Hood School : Self-empowerment  – ‘Mind over Mouse’ Part of ‘Teachers and Artists  Working Together Scheme’.

Trainer/ Employer for Schools ‘Work Placement Schemes’

YTS Trainer/Employer – design and implementation of an extensive on the job training Scheme in Creative Technical Imaging.

Folio and Career Surgeries for individual Art and Communication degree Students through B.I.G.

IT skill ‘Return to Work’ Training for volunteers from Birmingham Volunteers Bureau

Freelance Storyboarding Pop Videos/ TV Commercials/ Print


Combined bio of Peter & Grant prior to launch of “Image of Learning”

1965:  Produced First 8 mm Animated Films (Fun Animation Projects)

1974 – 1999  Teaching 25 years  [Year 1 to Year 6]

Special Needs E2L Imparting Active Teaching

Subject Range: Art; Craft; Science; Health;

Literacy & Language; Mathematics; Sport

Mentoring 19 to 21 Years

1974 – 1980 :  Mariculturist

1976:  Partner: Ginger Man Studios (Arts and Crafts Designers)

1977:  Lyricist for S.Wales Rock Group ‘Calix’

1978:  Co-founder, Chair and Trustee Reg. Educational Charity ‘World of Water’

1983:  Founded ‘Think Tank’. Thinking with action on people’s aims.

1983 – 84  Promoter for DJ ‘Trevor T’ and TVRT Recording Studios

1983 – 1996 Graphic Authoring; Story Boarding; Cartoons;  Illustration; Art; Design; Print; Workshops

1983   Format Design for TV Series: : Prog. pitch to BBC TV (Michael Garrod/ Continuing Education Department)

1986:  Joined Griffiths Reaney Design Associates – Interior Designers

1987:  Co-Founder and Director of Design Workshop (Architects and Interior Designers)

1988:  Guest Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Central England

1989:  Founding Director of Hickton Madeley Interiors

1992:  Authored stage play ‘KK & GM’ for Crescent Theatre, Birmingham.

1992:  Director of MacLaren Marketing, Wolverhampton. UK

1993:  Founder of imprint ‘Little People Books’

1993:  Co-Founder and Director of ‘Karavadra Multimedia’


Combined bio from launch of ‘Image of Learning’ in 1995

1995:  Launch of  ‘Image of Learning’

1996:  Creative Director : MIPF (Midlands Independent Production Forum based at VIVID) Film:  “10/34” for B’ham Film Festival

1996:   Web Site Design and Gallery Installation of  ‘The Nine Tenets’. First  Café Surf in Birmingham, UK.

1996:   Authored: ‘Ring in the New’ Animation short pitched to British Film Institute / VIVID

1996:   Authored: Prog. toon series pitch to Sky TV (The Alterers)

1999:  Launched ‘The HoBB Project House’ UK

1999:  Co-refereed the successful ‘Art and the Internet’ Millennium Bid with Liz Macgregor, Ikon Gallery.

2000 – present:  Manager. The HoBB Project House



Combined Publications & Reports:

Harrier Comics

The e-brain (1994)

Eddy Champion Comic (1995)

AV Producer: ‘Tapman and Pluggy’, with the support of Education Dept., Severn Trent Water. 1995 (See also: Case Study No. 7)

Medieval Pond Culture (with Casey, A.)

Elf early reading book series

Experience of Materials and their Application:

Clay sculpt;   Plaster reliefs;   Plasters in Construction; Concrete (carving), Living Willow; Stone walling.  (See Natural Materials); Scale and perspective drawing; Papier Mache (puppets); Metal (sculpt); Wood (constructions); Water Colour Paints / Inks;


Television Interviews:   1984 OB with Dan Cherrington (BBC Research History of Monastic Carp Culture);

Live at BBC Pebble Mill at One (OB Fresh Fish Buying)

Guest Radio Slots:    Radio WM (Phone-in);   BRMB (Interview);   Radio Bristol (Phone-in)

Community Radio:    BHBN.

 Exhibitions and Performance Events:

1979 – 1980:     ‘Piscatorial Memorabilia’, (Exhibition) Aber-Gwen Visitor Centre, South Wales

1982 – 83:  “The History and Future of Aquaculture” (Exhibition) Nature Centre (Birmingham Museum  & Art Galleries)

1982:    Watercolour Paintings of the Built Environment, Birmingham Midland  Institute

1982:    ‘When Santa met Neptune’, (Performance poetry) Rackhams, Birmingham

1983:    Future of Aquaculture, Brighton Exhibition and Conference Centre, Sussex

1983:   Hellensborough Museum,  (Aquaculture Exhibition), Scotland

1983:   Dumbarton Museum & Libraries, (Aquaculture Exhibition),

1983:   ‘Enviromental Awareness’ Exh. in conjunction with Whirligig Theatre Co.  Alexander Theatre.

1983   Who’s Book is it Anyway, Birmingham Nature Centre

1997   Water on the Beach, (Performance Storytelling) Brighton (Part of High Tide Event)

1996   ‘Inspector Clue Bod Investigates’ Birmingham City Council Discovery Day

1985:   ‘The Water Palace’, Central Library, Birmingham

1986:   Wednesbury Art Gallery & Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Wednesbury

1986:   Art Gallery, (Exhibition) Rugby Library, Rugby

1986:   ‘Wet Harvest’, (Aquaculture Exhibition), The Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent

1986:   Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Coventry

1986:   Warwickshire  Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Warwick

1987:   City Museum & Art Gallery, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Stoke-on-Trent

1991:   ‘The influence of Fish in Design’, Birmingham Midland Institute.

1992:   Alternative Perspectives, Mine Gallery, Birmingham

2005:   ‘Working with Nature’, HoBB Gardens, Heyope.

2008:   ‘Retrospective’  WoodBod, HoBB Project House

2015:   ‘Concrete Sculpt’, HoBB Gardens, Heyope.
Group Exhibitions:

* University of Central England,
* Lichfield Guild Hall
* International Convention Centre

1992:   ‘Friends Show’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham.

1993:   ‘Plant Crossing’, Botanical Gardens Gallery, Birmingham

1993:   Choice Gallery, Birmingham

1995:   Earth Centre, Conisborough

1996:   Brighton Festival

1996:   The Nine Tenets of Tomlinson and Jessé, Café Surf, Birmingham

1996:   ‘Who’s Book is it Anyway’, Part of Birmingham Readers & Writers Festival

 Online Interactive Evolvement:

1999:   Nine Tenets Part 11. Writings to accompany the work of OliverTomlinson. See “Finding a Match”

2000:   ‘Contemporary Italian and Spanish graphic design and folk art on Citrus Fruit Wrappers from 1930’s’

2002    ‘The Art of it’. Online writings to remember the work of the Late Jonathan Inglis.

2004   BIG ARTS WEEK  Case Study 01

Commissions: (abridged):

Birmingham City Council Landscape Practice, B.B.C., Central Independent Television, Austin Knight Advertising, Black Country Development Corporation, Black Theatre Co-operative, Bugle Films Ltd., Cadbury Schweppes (Case Study No. 3), Centro, Custard Factory (Digbeth), Forward Trust, Freestyle Productions, Gillette, GKN, Granada Leisure, Groundwork, Healthy Birmingham 2000, Ilford Photo Ltd., Jaguar, King Edward VI Foundation, Kokuma Dance Theatre Company, Letts Educational (Case Study No.4), MEB, Mercia Sound, Midland Bank, Morrison Developments (Case Study No.5)Royal Mail (Case Study No.6), SCS (Specialist Computer Services), Structured Training, Switch Design, Tibbatts Interior Design Group, Training and Creative Resources, West Midlands Travel. (Full List available on Request) 


NAA (National Association of Artists)

NUT (National Union of Teachers)

BAT (Birmingham Arts Trust)

VIVID (Formerly Birmingham Centre for Media Arts)

BEAF  (Birmingham Educators and Artists Forum)

1988: Hon. Member of European Society of Perspectivists

1992 – 1995 Crescent Theatre: Set Design, Theatre Marketing.

1995  National Small Press Association

1996 – present: Acting Secretary of “Birmingham Image Generators’

1996:  Steering committee of the HUB (Birmingham)

1998:  Birmingham Education Arts Forum (BEAF)

1996: Book Packagers Association

1998: Article 31 Action Network

2001 “Grwp Amineiddwyr Cymru” (Welsh Animation Group, Cardiff)

2000 “Creative Network” University of Central England

2004 “WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

2005 “PAF” (Powys Arts Forum)

2008 – present  “HelpX” (Global Student Skill Exchange)

If we should know about YOUR Organisation, please contact us    


NEW from Image of Learning:

Producing original, bespoke writing, graphics, photography and illustration for AR (Augmented Reality) projects

The Image of Leaning project continues to grow. We welcome views and contributions. These can be sent via comments or presented live for discussion during workshop sessions at the HoBB Project house. Contact us for available dates.

The interesting HoBB Publishing Community

000256I am interested in publishing. Are you?

From blogs and podcasts to tweets, vids. FB Wall postings, ebooks, podcasts, vids. and augmented reality on apps.  – the ways to publish your own works online are many.

If you are still wondering exactly how to go about it, visit sites like – a self-help group of authors helping each other into epublishing or join the HoBB Publishing Community  or the Jacketflap Publishing Community.

If you are a writer looking for writing partners, try networking at or Wattpad

If you are a writer, illustrator, editor or book designer and want experience in publishing,  become a intern or a goalshare partner at Little People Books and share in what we know.

History of the HoBB Publishing Community
Once upon a time … a useful self-help group of photographers and illustrators was born, called the Birmingham Image Group. Everyone in the group was keen to get into publishing.

For many years, monthly meetings were in Birmingham (UK) pubs, members’ homes, wine bars and restaurants. These were well attended. As membership grew to include graphic designers, calligraphers, model-makers, cartoonists, architectural delineators, fine artists and sculptors, the group changed its name to B.I.G. (British Image Group).

Sadly, the Group’s founder, the late great Jonathan Inglis, was hit by a bus outside the Custard Factory (Birmingham) and died. The enthusiasm to continue meetings dropped suddenly. Many of the members, including myself, moved away from the Midlands – but a few members kept in touch.

B.I.G. could have fizzled out or ended there, but as the Group’s web site was archived it continued to attract enquiries and the remaining members were able to assist others keen on publishing and being published. Now based at the HoBB, it has evolved into the HoBB Publishing Community.

To help more illustrators and other creative expressionists, the archive site needs to get a good rebirthing. So if you are interested, able to put together a great responsive site and are keen on getting involved with quality creatives, message me and we’ll do it! It will be fun.

Today’s thought:

 Children’s Book Illustrator, Camilla Zaza, was asking the World about Illustration Agencies and whether it was a good idea to get an agent.  From a personal perspective, and ex-secretary of B.I.G.,  I wrote this reply:

“I regularly draw to communicate. Some of my illustrations appear on the covers of books for children. I ran an illustration agency for a few years.

Picture editors like choice. They collect and retain their own records of illustration styles whilst on the look out for ever fresher ones. Your aim is to find the picture editors that want to use your style but here’s another aim you might like to consider ….

Imagine what it’s like for a picture editor. They get emails, cards, flyers, calls, visits and sometimes presents from illustrators. They get a lot. To be noticed as an illustrator, proof reader or designer, you need to stick out from the crowd.

One very well known picture editor who loved my work but never used it, told me this : “Grant, I have an illustrator that does wonderful figurative work in pencil. I have another that produces the slickest photoshop work on car engines and everything mechanical. Every illustrator I use has a set talent I can depend upon for specific contract requirement. Go away and only come back when I can place you in my mind as a specialist. There are thousands of illustrators who have great bulging folios of their work, but unless their work burns into my memory on first view, they stand no chance of working with me.”

So yes. I went away and specialised. However, I returned three years later with a folio ‘on fire’ to find the contact had retired.

Another editor once told me: “I like to enjoy my work. I use illustrators I like. It’s not just about the standard of their illustration, it’s about the whole process of putting the team together, producing the book, launching it and celebrating its popularity and sales. Once we know an illustrator and enjoy knowing them as a person, they become part of the team.”

So agents? Some are great. Most are busy. Many spend all their time devoted to getting contracts for those illustrators on their books.

Self promotion? You can do this in a standard way or you can stick out from the crowd and get noticed.

Is there a third way? Yes. In this plug-and-play world, more authors are teaming with illustrators and designers to create near perfect finished books (pdf format), excluding the legal page. An editor can scan these very quickly and spot an illustrator’s skill at adding image to story.

Is there a fourth way? I’m sure there are many more ways for illustrators, authors, designers, photographers, film makers and publishers to combine and create tomorrow’s world of entertainment, education and effective communication.

Our recipe – the interesting HoBB Publishing Community.


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