Exhibitions and Festivals:

Graeme Miller
Water Dance
Experiments in Black and White
Rumble Rattle and Spark
Lets Twist Again
I am the Warrior
Giving Soul

Moving Portraits
You'll Never Know
South Hill Park Arts Centre

Public Art Commissions:
Sol Calero
London Fieldworks
Rana Begum
The View from the Outside
Wiltshire Council

Wild Blue Yonder
Artists in the City

Cicely Saunders Institute

Reports, Consultancies, Art Strategies
Teaching, Seminars, Lectures


Wild Blue Yonder for Bracknell & Wokingham College
Jeni Walwin was the public art consultant on this project.

Nicky Hirst

As a condition of its planning permission, the College was required to integrate the work of a contemporary artist into one of the public areas of the new building. In view of the highly visible and public service nature of the College, and its location within a few minutes' walking distance from the town centre, this work could make a significant contribution to the town's refreshed cultural strategy.

The Project
Following a rigorous selection process, the artist Nicky Hirst was appointed to undertake the commission for the glass panels at the front entrance of the building. Covering an area 8 metres high and 25 metres long the work is made of coloured self-adhesive vinyl panels divided vertically into two - one half following the RAL colour chart, the other incorporating computer-cut black vinyl text based on Crayola crayon colour names.

The entrance to the building is literally the threshold of the work - on the outside visitors are challenged by the reversed text, on the inside all is revealed. During the day the coloured panels behave like a stained glass window, scattering coloured light into the building foyers, and when backlit at night the panels beam out their colour across the town announcing the college's presence to drivers and pedestrians alike.

Nicky Hirst, Wild Blue Yonder, commissioned by Bracknell & Wokingham College, 2009, installation view

Photography: Steve White