Illustration student brings colour to shopping centre


Date: 13th Jul 2017

A talented Buckinghamshire New University BA (Hons) Illustration student is providing colourful entertainment for shoppers over the summer as he works on a large canvas in the centre of Accrington Market Hall, in Lancashire.

Adam Whewell has been attracting crowds as he completes the 8ft by 4ft canvas, which depicts a whale and has been drawn in the ‘zentangle’ style of art, an abstract style created by simple, structured patterns called tangles.

The keen-to-improve student, who hit on the idea after Associate Lecturer David Shaw encouraged him to take up street art to boost his skills, chose to draw a whale after being inspired by a university project on endangered animals.

He has no plans for where it will end up but said he would happily donate it to the Market Hall.

Adam said: “This is the first time I have ever done anything like this." 

"I was scared what people would say to me at first but my university tutors and I thought taking on street art would be a good chance to increase my confidence and make it easier to interact with people about my work."

"I find it therapeutic. The comments I have received have all been great as well. Nobody has had a bad word to say.”

He said he has ambitions to go into art as a career once he has finished his studies.

“Hopefully this work could just help to spruce up the market a bit and it’s something I can do more of in future as I really like doing murals and big pieces of art,” added Adam.

Adam, who has just completed his first year and is keen for as much experience as possible, will also be carrying out demonstrations of public drawings in Accrington Arndale shopping centre next month as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.

An Accrington Arndale spokesman said: “Adam has expressed how delighted he is to be a part of our celebratory events.

“As well as broadening his experience, it exposes art to a whole new audience. We look forward to working with Adam - he is a credit to Accrington.”

See Adam’s work on his website at

Images courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph.


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