Bee In The City

New Bailey & Ellis Brigham Bees
IMG_1787City In The Bee
IMG_1320Benny The Bee
City In The Bee
My New Bailey sponsored bee echoes the murals that I painted in Stevenson Square after the Manchester Arena attack last year – to show positivity, solidarity with and love for Manchester. With so many bee motifs popping up across the city, I thought it would be nice to have a city, with a stylised Manchester skyline, within the Bee.
IMG_0616Blank bee
IMG_0682Spraypaint background.

IMG_0862Acrylic clouds and first buildings

IMG_0934Awkward angles
IMG_0904Backside ft. New Bailey and Civil Justice Centre

IMG_1270Concentration face
IMG_1126Losing light

IMG_4776Family portrait
IMG_1216Secret antennae bee

Benny The Bee
Sponsored by Ellis Brigham, Benny The Bee is named after Benny Rothman; a keen activist and rambler who in 1932 led a mass trespass of over 400 walkers on a route around Kinder Scout, to exercise their right to roam, in defiance of the government’s recent decision to deny ramblers access to parts of open country. The map on the base shows the route the tankers took from Bowden Bridge quarry, up towards Kinder Scout. The plaster on Benny’s head hints at the scuffles and confrontations that took place between gamekeepers and some of the ramblers.

IMG_1268Scruffy masking
IMG_1300Cocooning base in tape to cut map details from

IMG_1301Fox, carrying rat
IMG_1309Map stencils

IMG_1334Benny’s plaster
IMG_1324Benny’s backpack

The Beagle

The lovely dudes at The Beagle in Chorlton asked if I’d like to paint them a new mural to bring the place some summery vibes. Nowt says ‘summer’ like cats having a beach party, right?


High speed painting at @beaglesabout today.

A video posted by @thehammo on

Big cat outlining at @beaglesabout

A video posted by @thehammo on

The Queezies


Since last year I’ve been working with Hemisphere design and marketing consultancy to revamp the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to give it an exciting new identity, improve the wayfinding, add murals and games to occupy the patients, and to generally make it a nicer place to be. This is where The Queezies come in. They’re an alien race who have been sent to the best children’s hospital in the galaxy (RMCH, of course) to find a cure for a terrible disease which is affecting the young Queezies (or Queezlings) back on their home planet.

Creative Review published an article on the project, which you can read here.

We’re still in the early stages of what promises to be an enormous task, but as soon as I’m able to show off more stuff I will do!

Fred Aldous Sketchpad

FA-Pad2I was asked (along with a load of other Outhouse artists) to design a cover for Fred Aldous‘ new range of sketchpads. My A3 marker pad design is based around my daughter using her felt tips, and the things we enjoy drawing together.

There’s a little interview with me on the Fred Aldous blog, and the pads are available in the shop now.