The Assignments is a new platform for artists. We create open briefs based on a theme or an idea. Artwork can take the form of words, images or film.

Creativity in Lockdown

We launch the Assignments during the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown of 2020.

Making art helps many people express themselves freely, particularly at this time, when our mental-welling being is challenged daily in isolation through a loss of social connections with our friends, family and workplace.

For our first theme, we revisit The Wing Assignment, a project we initially launched in 2011. The Wing has long been referenced in art history as a symbol of freedom and spirituality, related to the cognitive faculty, imagination, thought and victory. The broken wing often depicts the opposite.

In isolation we are faced with the juxtaposition of oppressed freedom and clipped wings yet we can hear the birds in the trees again.

For this lockdown Assignment we invite you to explore these ideas, within the limits of your environment and available materials.


The Wing Assignment, 2012

In 2012 we invited 80 creatives from around the world to
respond to a package sent from the UK via Royal Mail, the package contained a dried preserved birds wing.

Creatives from all disciplines from architects to writers created over 100 works of art. With the help of sponsors like Red Bull we exhibited in three unique locations in London.



Wing Artworks:

Icarus and the
Shoreditch Siren

Pete Manley
Created for The Wing Assignment in 2012
Mallard Wing
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Anatidae 1-3

Russell Brown
Created for The Wing Assignment in 2012
Mallard Wing
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The Geometry of Flight

Gemma Bayly
Geocentric Mandala
Created for The Wing Assignment in 2012
Digital wing scans
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…The Wing Assignment project was an integral part in my subsequent return to working in clay. The exhibition’s theme helped me re-evaluate clay as a more dynamic medium to enable me to evoke lightness and the movement of birds wings during lift off.


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