Artists and Illustrators

Extract from article shown above, as published in Artists & Illustrators, February 2009

"Magical-realist painter makes himself at home in Norfolk

Norfolk's Anteros Arts Centre has selected Central St Martin's graduate Will Teather as their first-ever artist-in-residence.  Teather, pictured, will spend 2009 conducting workshops and events with local artists and schools, as well as working on his own artworks at the Bergh Apton venue.  If his latest Sephaville series is anything to go by, we can expect some fairly fantastical stuff. 

Teather is no stranger to residencies either, having spent two months working at Aberdeen Arts Centre in 2007.  During that time, his work ranged from architectural landscapes to a chalk pastel portrait of Lord Provost Peter Stephen." 


East Magazine

Extract from article shown above, as published in East Magazine, August 2008

"Eagerly anticipated is the forthcoming show Divided Line opening in September at Norwich's inspirational new Gallery Art 18/21 which is located in the centre of Tombland. Featuring the work of ... Will Teather, Isabel Rock, Garry Hobbs and Lucy Orchard, this visual extravaganza will explore themes of surreal narratives and visual paradoxes.

Whilst the approach of the four artists featured in Divided Line is similar, each provides a very different, visually enticing feast. In his latest series Sephaville, Will Teather introduces the viewer to a series of characters, locations and motifs which are self-contained and self-referencing. In his large scale canvases, gulls fly around harlequins, whilst the Gothic architecture looms stoically in the background. Teather's work is arresting, heart-stopping and exquisitely executed. "


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Article on pastel techniques written by the artist, published in Green Pebble, Autumn 2008. 

More details on pastel techniques can be found by clicking here.

Extract from article shown above, as published in The Press and Journal, 28 August 2007


An Exhibition is being held to mark the end of a leading UK artist's two-month residency in Aberdeen.

Will Teather has been at the post at Aberdeen Arts Centre - a first for the venue.

Voted in the top five favourite UK artists, Mr Teather has undertaken works which have taken in everything from the north-east's architecture to its seagulls.

He specialises in chalk pastel portraits and completed one of Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen during his time in the Granite City.

He said: "It's been great actually. People have been incredibly welcoming. It's a unique way of getting an insight into a city."

Assistant venue manager at the centre, Verna Ward, said: "This is the first resident artist we've ever had at the centre and everyone has enjoyed Will's time here in the city.

"He made life in the centre very exciting and it was really interesting to have the gallery turned into a working studio.

"Will was very helpful and knowledgeable when working with children and adults alike and would often be here until two or three in the morning, he was so dedicated."

Mr Teather graduated from the famous Central St Martins College of Art and Design in 2003, and lives in Norfolk."



Extract from article shown above, as published in The Press and Journal, 22 August 2007, Lindsay McIntosh


He Has not been in office long, but the new Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Peter Stephen, has been recorded for posterity in a portrait by a leading artist.

Will Teather, who has just completed a residency at the city's Arts Centre, has immortalised the local politician in chalk pastels on velour.

The work forms part of his first Scottish exhibition, which is on show at the centre until September 29.

He said: "It's a kind of community thing, the residency, to bring people into contact with a professional artist.

"The work I was doing was based around Aberdeen so I asked if it would be possible to do a portrait of the lord provost. I took him around my studio and showed him my work and showed him an idea of what I would do.

"Then I met him in the Town House and went round the rooms. It was quite amazing. They were totally beautiful."

The final piece is based mainly on pictures.

Mr Teather, who is leaving Aberdeen this week for work at top galleries across the country, added: "I'm pleased with the portrait. But I would have liked more time to develop it and maybe some day I might do a more developed portrait."

Last night, Mr Stephen said he was looking forward to seeing the finished work.

NB. Peter Stephen and his wife subsequently viewed the finished portrait and purchased it from the artist.


Full text from article shown above, as published in The Press and Journal, 18 August 2007, Alistair Beaton


"TEENAGER IN THE FRAME AFTER WINNING AWARD-She is rewarded with a portrait by leading contemporary artist

AN ABERDEENSHIRE teenager has won the first portrait competition for schools to be staged by Aberdeen Arts Centre, with a portrait of herself from a leading contemporary artist as top prize.

Meldrum Academy pupil Jess Adam came face-to-face with herself yesterday.

Professional artist and the centre's first artist-in-residence, Will Teather, congratulated the 17-year-old on her self-portrait success, and unveiled his own striking portrait of the young painter.

Mr Teather, who judged entries from throughout the north-east, said: "The standard was exceptional, but the quality of her drawing made Jess the obvious winner. I hope that this prize will be the beginning of a distinguished artistic career."

Earlier this year Jess gained an A in Higher Art. Her art teacher Irene Flint said she was an excellent student with true talent. The teenager spends hours working on each of her drawings, with her rural home providing inspiration on her doorstep.

With her award-winning work now hanging alongside Mr Teather's in the Art Centre, Jess said: "I respect Will Teather's work tremendously, and feel very privileged to be given this opportunity."

"In terms of my career, I hope this exposure will benefit me and be a stepping stone to help reach further in the art world."

Jess' prize portrait will be handed over today at the formal opening of Will Teather's residency exhibition in the Arts Centre. The Art Centre show will open to the public from Monday and continue daily until September 29 , except Sundays. The exhibition will also feature the portrait competition entries along with work produced during the artist's workshop programmes throughout July."



Full text from article shown above, as published in The Times Educational Supplement Scotland, 20 July 2007, Jean McLeish


Families discover their city's architecture through sketching workshops with an artist in residence. Jean McLeish reports

A recent arrival in Aberdeen, artist Will Teather is already like the Pied Piper with a crocodile of people following him through the city centre. The monsoons have taken an hour off and Will is leading them into the sunshine to sketch one of Aberdeen's historic landmarks.

Will is the first artist in residence at Aberdeen Arts Centre and this afternoon he's taking a sketching tour for families to visit some of the city's architectural highlights. Two dads have come with their daughters and there is a group of teenagers from local schools and one or two adults.

Nine-year-old Madeleine Kaye and her dad David are intent on their drawing, looking up to the towers of the 16th-century Provost Skene's House for inspiration. David's an oil industry engineer.

"This is probably the first time I have drawn anything for 10 or 15 years. I did art O-level and used to sketch as a student. It's a chance to have another go," says David.

Will is working on his own projects during his residency, as well as taking workshops with local people, encouraging their technical development and confidence. Children as young as seven are being invited to take part, and his two-month residency will culminate in an exhibition at Aber- deen Arts Centre, highlighting the results of these workshops on life drawing, portraiture, pastels and printing.

Fourth-year pupils Katie Ewen and Charlotte Stephen from Oldmachar Academy are collaborating today. Katie's sketching the outlines of the building and Charlotte's putting a tree in the foreground. "I'm thinking about art school," says Charlotte. "My favourite subject's actually cooking," Katie confesses.

Will is based in Norfolk and he is thinking about how this new city location will figure in his work. "I like Aberdeen, I think the things that strike me most about it are the Gothic architecture; the fact that everything is so elongated, everything seems to go up, it's all stretched in that sense," he says.

The gulls have also made an impact: "I think the gulls as well, because it's not a very obviously coastal city other than them. So they seem to me slightly out of place in a sense and also they are so over-sized. Everybody I have spoken to from Aberdeen has an opinion about them, but it ranges from saying they're beautiful to calling them flying rats," he adds, laughing.

As if on cue, the gulls begin shrieking above the sedate sketching group, who are oblivious to the seaside soundtrack. But Teather is talking Hitchcock and magical images no "wish you were here" postcards from Aberdeen from him.

He's also got strong opinions about art education and thinks pupils could be equipped with more skills earlier, by using more visiting experts in schools. Part of the problem, he believes, is that art now encompasses such a vast range of skills and disciplines.

"I think people need to be introduced to the range of art forms sooner. And I think there needs to be more of a focus on actually getting artists in who have skills in those art forms, to show people how to do it from a younger age. Then by the time they're adult, they won't still be doing very amateurish work, which is what happens on degrees a lot of the time, with people doing film and things like that," says Teather.

He graduated from Central St Martin's College of Art and Design in 2003, at the age of 27. And he says a large number of his contemporaries were studying subjects like film, sound art, and installation art yet hadn't studied any of these until undergraduate level.

"You don't get any film education and in a lot of courses you wouldn't even really be introduced to what conceptual art was, which does seem very strange. But at the same time, you don't necessarily learn a lot about painting techniques either.

"It's so general. I think it needs to be segmented more, so that people get proper grounding in all of these different disciplines," he adds.

He hopes today's exercise will prove useful for this group: "Working with architects is particularly good for perspective. And also working in public like this makes people less inhibited in some ways and less self-conscious about their work, which is one of the biggest problems most people have."

Work from the Aberdeenshire Schools Portrait Prize will also be on show at the residency exhibition at Aberdeen Arts Centre on August 18."


Full text from article shown above, as published in The Press and Journal, 4 July 2007, Stephen Christie



Quality of Work Helps Win Post

A North-East arts centre yesterday revealed who they have elected to become their first artist in residence.

Will Teather, a renowned musician and artist, will take on the role at Aberdeen Arts Centre, having beaten off a number of applicants from across the world.

He will join local artists for two-months during the summer at the centre's King Street premises in the hope that he can help introduce a new audience to art.

The climax of his residency will be the summer carnival where he is expected to include an exhibition of his own drawings and paintings.

Yesterday Mr Teather said:

"I'm very much looking forward to my time at the arts centre. The city has made me very welcome so far and I'm looking forward to meeting and working with more local people as the residency progresses."

A spokesman for the centre added:

"We are delighted that Will is going to be our first artist in residence.

We were overwhelmed with the standard of applications but in the end Will made our choice easy by the quality of his work and his enthusiasm about Aberdeen as a whole.

We look forward to this project helping us to position Aberdeen Arts Centre as an important visual arts centre in Scotland."

Mr Teather was born in Norfolk and trained in London at the prestigious Central St Martins School of Art and Design.

He made his name in art by making imaginative use of venues in London including exhibiting in shops and disused buildings. "

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