I’m a London-based artist and teacher. Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, I moved to London in 2007.
In 2006 I graduated with a BA in Architecture from the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University). I then trained as an art teacher at the UCL Institute of Education, London, where I gained a PGCE followed by an MA in Education in Art and Design in 2010.
I believe anyone, whatever their age, can draw and use drawing to learn, express themselves and explore the world around them. Drawing is accessible to anyone and I believe it can improve wellbeing, hence my work in encouraging others to take up drawing and making. Digital now makes up the majority of my practice, though I believe digital art-making complements traditional methods of creating art – it’s not a replacement. I’m a keen advocate of drawing, especially digital, as a way to foster creativity in relevant and accessible forms in young people, and an enjoyable way to reduce technological barriers for older people.
I do a lot of drawing, especially on the Tube, which has been the subject of an interview (2019) with the Londonist. You can also discover what I think about creativity and see me demonstrate some new drawing ideas in a filmed discussion (2020) with The Big Draw.
Outside of drawing, my work also includes:
- 3D printing
Since 2016, I’ve been designing 3d models and creating them via 3D printing.
- Architectural models
I make handmade and laser-cut models and these have been exhibited across the United Kingdom.
In 2014 I contributed to a photographic exhibition at the Royal Academy, London. I show and sell work at art fairs and craft markets across London.
- Museum education and freelancing
I work as part of the public Learning team at the Royal Institute of British Architects, leading on digital learning and community outreach, which includes working with those living with dementia and blind and partially sighted people. Activities I have lead include drawing and digital workshops for learners of all ages and abilities. I am a committee member of the Digital Learning Network (DLNET), which supports digital learning in the cultural heritage sector. I am a freelancer art educator at several leading cultural organisations, including Engage, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wallace Collection and Watts Gallery.
In 2018 I was awarded a research grant from the Gordon Ricketts Fund to investigate the influence of the British Empire and its architects on architecture.
This heading should be empty! But I have a fond memory of winning a public drawing competition when I was ten years old at the Midlands Art Centre in conjunction with musical group Saxtet. My winning entry was ‘The Old Castle’ a theme inspired by composer Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition‘. I think I must have been inspired by Dudley Castle, a place I would have visited often at the time because of the adjoining Dudley Zoo. This is the only art competition I’ve ever won. It is also the only piece of work by me which my parents willingly framed and displayed in their living room. Perhaps this is where my artistic career peaked, I can live with that!
All the work on this website is my own and © Wilson Yau 2007-2021. Do share and attribute to this website, thanks!
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