Richard William Wheater works with young people from Avalon Project to create new neon sculpture

As part of Camden Alive, six young people from Avalon Motorcycle Project have been working with neon artist Richard William Wheater, learning the art of blowing glass and bending tubes.

The group have been working on a new neon sculptural sign, inspired by the time they have spent together at the Avalon Motorcycle Project.

Recently, the young people travelled to Yorkshire to spend a weekend at Richard’s studio in Wakefield, to continue working on their project, along with having some fun dirt biking at a nearby facility.


“It has been inspiring to watch the young people participating in this project develop their skills while working closely alongside Richard, learning everything they could from him, while keeping up such an impressive level of enthusiasm.


“These young people haven’t just gained a new skill, they have also gained long-lasting friendships with each other and with Richard. This group’s journey is a wonderful example of the power of art and how it can turn complete strangers into a strong community.”
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Promoting Culture and Communities

Richard will return to the Avalon Project in Euston over November to help the group complete their artwork and install it at Avalon, along with attending the Camden Alive showcase on Saturday 7 March at the British Museum.

The group intend to continue to work together on future projects, with the hopes they will inspire young people to try new things and get involved.

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Camden Alive is part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture and is a Mayor’s Cultural Impact Award winner.

London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative with support from the City of London Corporation’s Charity, City Trust Bridge and Airbnb.