It’s that dizzy time of year again!  I often say I’ll never do a Fair again, but find it hard to say no when they land on my plate!  The last two weekends kept me very busy with stands at the Sustainability Show, Taunton and SalvoFair, Knebworth.

The Sustainability Show (organised by What’s On in Somerset) was busy from the moment it opened. Our Scraptor Stand attracted plenty of attention and exciting new possibilities. Two of the exhibitors expressed strong interest in having a Scraptor sculpture trail on their land  and a friend of mine offered a barnful of old machinery for sculptural purposes.

My stand at the SalvoFair represented just my work.  With help from friends and my son, I operated a ‘working’ stand for 3 days, where people could see my work and me creating a new piece.  The Fair was packed with thousands of visitors and the most incredible selection of salvage/antique items.  I sold work and made numerous contacts, so it was worth the exhaustion!

The Merrygoround continues in July when loads of events coincide: Gallery4Art (of which I’m a member) have a stand in the Taunton Somerset Show (9/10th); our Scraptor group have a stand at the Green Fair, Frome (10th);  a couple of my pieces will be shown at the Bruton Church Fete – to which I’ve contributed a framed drawing (9th); I have an exhibition at the Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury (throughout July); featuring in the Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield; running workshops at St Dunstans School, Glastonbury; an Adornable Art workshop at the Larmer Tree Festival (15th July); my giant Chameleon features in the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail (18th July-end Aug); creating 2 site-specific sculptures at Stackpool, Kidderminster with public participation; and if there’s time I’ll be making a large scrap steel arch for the Stourhead Sculpture Trail.  Hope I don’t fall off the ride!

Scraptors at Sustainability Show

The Scraptors have a stand at the forthcoming Sustainability show – an enterprising new show (the West Country’s first ever Sustainability Show) on Sunday, June 19th at the Queen’s Conference Centre, Trull Rd, Taunton. Guest of honour, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will perform the opening ceremony. There will be something for everyone; from growing your own food to learning about renewable energy sources. “Children will find lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations since as every parent knows, they’re our environmental conscience!” Come along!


A recent visit to Pylle Motor Spares scrapyard with fellow Scraptors Anthony Wilson, Paul Boswell and Rachel Macleay resulted in some great finds for our forthcoming Sculpture Trail at Stourhead.  Please visit for more details about our venture.

The spirit of alchemy overcame our photographer VJUltra – creating palindrome images of our scrap hunt