tom wilkinson
home current sculpture automata meta workshops exhibitions contact

Sun Firing

The project uses the rays of the Sun and the interplay between star and the Earth to fire marks onto indigenous clay. Using a home-made camera, consisting of a lens and support for the clay plate mounted on a tripod, I focus the Sun's disc onto dried London clay. The exposure
takes about 3-4 hours and records cloud obscuration giving intermittent traces. The plate below was taken over 7 days during the heatwave of the recent summer.

I wish to refine and enhance the process I have developed to allow me exploration of, as far as I am aware, a new form of photographic art. This year’s experiments have confirmed what I dreamed of - that silhouettes of real objects, such as trees and buildings, can be fired onto the clay plates. The resulting work will be on show at Lumen Crypt Gallery and the process performed at the British Ceramic Biennal in Stoke later in the new year.

I'm currently experimenting with a project called Bike Bolex.The idea came to me as I reaslised that If the film transport
mecahnism was directly from the bike wheel, time could be warped or dilated. So the camera is bike-cranked as
opposed to hand-cranked as per camera form the silent movies era. When pedelling the bike I try and slow down
and speed up so on watching the film it looks as though you are travelling at a constant speed while everything else;
people walking by, cars etc, gi into slow motion and then speed up. I shot the test film with help from James Holcombe
who, on getting back to the house he, to my amaxement, developed the B&W 100ft reel in caffeinol, a developer made
from coffee and a few other edible products. It works perfectly and the negative was rich in grain and contrast. He
explained that there is a whole movement in film making where they don't want to flush chemicals down the drain. During
the filming the mechanism broke and the bike gears gave up but now it's all fixed and ready for a second filming, complete
with a the addition of a governor linked to the lens aperture to maintain a even exposure.

Bike powered camera2

Bike powered camera
Bike Bolex

Last September I showed Let's Bounce at Sketch as part of the residency by Kinetica Museum. Below is the video of
the exhibtion. It was a little show in the main entrance of the club. Sketch has a few permanent kinetic artworks on show
by the stairs and is a friendly place where you can just wander in and have alook at the art.

My new work is called Shadow Disc. It is a slow moving meditave scuplture 42x 42 x 15cm. I showed it with my
other works Entanglement and Mesh in Kinetica's 10th year anniversary last February at the Ugly Duck in Bermondsey.



Entanglement uses the optical illusion - persistence of vision (in it's true sense), the two 'doughnuts' appear
to interlock.
One motorised version was shown at the Osmosis Project's exhibition Eureka in The Art Pavillion, Mile End,
and a hand operated one was shown in Gravity at the Hospital Club with Kinetica Museum. Both wonderful,
but very different, science/art exhibitons which have just closed. These ran almost concurrently which was
very exciting to be in both, but at times did entangle my brain. This artwork will be an addition of ten



Light Sphere I at Winter Lights Canary Wharf

Winter Lights is a festival showing new media light artworks by 18 international artists
January 22nd 2016

Light Sphere I at Winter Lights 2016
photo by Dougles Cape - to see his stunning panorama click here

Light Sphere 1 video by Douglas Cape - z360.

Light Sphere I is a new artwork - basically a larger version of Green Ray but capable of full spectrum colours changes and pattern. It was commissioned by Canary Wharf Public Arts and presented many challenges, particularly making a fast spinning object that the public can feel comfortable close up to. It also inevitably needed to be totally waterproof and winds resistant. The electronics were engineered by Adrian Godwin and we continue in the collaboration to develop programmimg new colour and pattern. This artwork is available to tour light shows and festivals for further information please email. Watch this space for a video of Light Sphere I.
Winter Lights Canary Wharf
- and click here for the brochure

First exhibited in an event at the Evening Standard 1000 people event at Canary Wharf in October 2015 and Eureka, a science art show in Mile End with Adrain Pritchard's wonderful Osmosis Project.

tom Wilkinson light sculpture
First conception of of Light Sphere I


Lights of Soho a new gallery/club has opened in Brewer St Soho with a number of wonderful light artworks, some cobbled together from sexshop neon. I showed Let's Bounce with the Kinetica Museum group. It's a fantastic original shop space ( once a sexshop) all opened up with a basement, also full of art and sofas, that used to be a knocking shop. It has a bar with very nice staff who must have been good at keeping the tipsy away from the delicate light artworks, as there were no breakages!

Citl Lights

City Lights closed July 19th 2015


Installed, last November at the Royal Free Hospital. It's a called The Meditating Brain and is a first for me in many ways; I've never used the medium of stained glass before and, unlike most of my things, it doesn't move.

The artwork hangs in the spacious reception in Radiology on the ground floor. The image is taken from an actual MRI scan of a person in a state of deep meditation. The scan, a perfusion MRI, was made by the radiology team at Hospital in their free time and I am immensely grateful to them for their support during the project.

The person who underwent the scan is a female member of the radiology department therefore familiar with the machine's noises and claustraphobicness, this was essential to feeling relaxed sufficiently to attain the state of deep meditation.

The scan showed a reduced blood flow in the parietal lobe, which is the lower right hand side of the scan. This is the area of the brain responsible for giving us a sense of orientation in space and time. My hope and intention was that the artwork would have a calming influence on those waiting in the reception. The artwork can be seen in Radiology Reception on the ground floor. It was made at Kingsgate Workshops under the technical supervision of Beverly Bryon of Prism Glass Design. The Meditating Brain is dedicated to my good friend Mark Wickham, sadly no longer with us. He was a very fine stained glass artist and an the original inspiration for the artwork.

Ham & High article

Meditating Brain, Royal Free Hospital

Meditating Brain. Royal Free Hospital



Aurora is a wind sculpture which I've been working on for 4 years, this is after making a series of experimental versions, usually tested on my chimney. The idea with this artwork is capturing the wind and transmogrifying it into light and colour. Aurora generates it's own lighting, but only when it turns, and shanges colour with the wind speed.This shows the wind & light sculpture called Aurora I. It was installed for the one day event with Kinetica Museum. Aurora is currently on trials, mounted on a long pole in my garden, to see if it works before going on said pole on the Hothouse in Hackney.




The owners of The MS Stubnitz, Blo and Heiko kindly allowed Aurora I to stay on board the magnificent ship for tests, while moored at Canary Wharf with the Kinetica Museum show. During this week of high winds (some gusting at 55mph) the sculpture has been thoroughly put though its paces.