Exhibition News : Lockdown & Unity

Announcing this makes me feel as though the world is starting to get back to being a little more ‘normal’. I am delighted to bring you news that I have had work selected for inclusion in ‘Lockdown & Unity’, a group exhibition at Fronteer Gallery in Sheffield.

For the first time, they have two exhibitions running side by side in the gallery; Unity & Lockdown. Lockdown is an exhibition of artwork made during lockdown and Unity is an exhibition of work about coming back together after lockdown.

Both exhibitions open from 7th – 17th July, and there is a private view evening on Saturday 10th July 6-8pm.

You are welcome to come along to the private view and bring as many people as you like, but please be aware that you may have to queue to come inside at busy times because of government social distancing restrictions.

Here’s a bit more information for you.

Gallery opening times are:
Wednesdays-Fridays 10-3
Saturdays 2-7

The gallery address is:
Fronteer Gallery
18 Exchange Street
S2 5TS

Private view Saturday 10th July 6-8pm

Book free private view tickets on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lockdown-unity-2-exhibitions-about-lockdown-tickets-161143633947

We have a Facebook event which you are welcome to invite friends and family to. Find the link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275587850981507

Exhibtion News : Lump It

I am thrilled to let you all know that a couple of my sculptures have been accepted into the online exhibition, ‘lump it’.

‘lump it’ invites you to contemplate how 60+ distinct submissions vocalise what it means to be a ‘lump’. Stemming across different mediums and contexts, the explore page compiles variant examples of ‘lump’ to be considered concurrently, without homogenising, classifying or conflating. Through positioning the works in fluid dialogue with one another, without thematic arrangement, the page hopes to encourage varying interpretation and multivocality.

The exhibition can be accessed here.

Exhibition News – The Lockdown Zine

Me again! Here to let you know that I am featuring in The Lockdown Zine and you can access it now!

The Lockdown Zine aims to empower all cultural sector workers whose voices are underrepresented in current discourse.

The platform is collaborative and open to allies as well as critical friends who share the same concerns, it aims to reflect the diversity of lives experienced in our social distancing times.

Please check out the brilliant artists here: https://thelockdownzine.wixsite.com/mysite/artists-contributors

You can check out the Zine here: https://thelockdownzine.wixsite.com/mysite

Twitter: @LockdownZine
Instagram: the_lockdown_zine

Stay safe

Exhibition News – 2020 Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to show work as part of 2020 Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition.

COANTIVIRUS international online art exhibition shows work from artists and art lovers, from more than 50 countries. Many have had to stay at home or are stuck abroad, Coantivirus records what they know, see, feel and think since COVID-19.


All in the era,


The coronavirus brings much for us to narrate and contemplate.

Tenant of ‘COANTIVIRUS’ is to collect and look upon independent thoughts in this unforgettable time from an objective and extensive perspective.

What are we doing?

Since the exhibition initiates,it’s unexpected that now the epidemic spread around the world. But it makes clearer our original intent: empathy.

At first, to plan this exhibition is to make artworks records of communication between individuals and the world. In another word, our principle is not to discuss the participation of art in this epidemic, more importantly, to illustrate its functions of recording and empathizing.

“We believe that ‘COANTIVIRUS’ could document this pandemic time and every individual in its times through art ——who brave coronavirus risks, or are self-quarantined at home; Who are left alone or keep working; who are anxious or indifferent. Tell the world that we are all still ‘alive’.”

‘COANTIVIRUS’ Exhibition Curation Team

You can view the artworks here: http://www.coantivirus.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=16

The exhibition will remain open until the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

You can view my work here: http://www.coantivirus.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=16&id=227

Coantivirus is still open for submissions and will continue to be so until the COVID-19 virus is under control.

You can apply here: http://www.coantivirus.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=7&id=36

Coantivirus is curated by Ikea Jiang.


I am delighted to announce that I have been selected to show work in the online exhibition and Digital Book, Queer in Exile.

Queer in Exile is an online exhibition, and digital book, intended to record how artists and designers have responded to the concept of Queer as performance/presentation (or not) during  times when regular associations are withdrawn.

Queer in Exile is curated by Sam Moreno Alamein.

Queer in Exile features a wealth of talented artists so I urge you to please take your time and give every artist a look. This exhibition also features some gorgeous work by my good friend Jonathon Beaver.


You can access the exhibition here: https://queerinexileart.wordpress.com/

You can access the catalogue here: https://queerinexileart.wordpress.com/catalogue/

You can access my individual page here: https://queerinexileart.wordpress.com/larry-walker-tonks/

The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice

I have recently received word that Volume 13, Issue 1 of The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice: ‘SMS (Social-Media-Speak) as/for/in creative practice’ is the most downloaded issue that has ever been published in the series after its publication in January 2020.


Why am I telling you this?

Contributors to Volume 13, Number 1 ‘SMS (Social-Media-Speak) as/for/in creative practice’ are: Emma Bolland, Paul Conneally, Gabrielle de la Puente, Robert Fitterman, Tina Francis, Patrick Goodall, Yvette Greslé, Brenda Hickin, James Kennedy, Hardeep Pandhal, Matthew Parkin, Simon Morris, Zarina Muhammad, Alison Raybould, Sid Sidowski, Carol Sommer, Mark Staniforth, David Steans, Cathy Wade, Gavin Wade, Larry Walker-Tonks, Gabriella Warren-Smith, and Steven Zultanski.

Why am I late in publicising this news?

News of my first academic essay being published in The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice was a bit lost due to a house move and since the start of this year the world has got a little bit crazy. Still, better late than never!

The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.

This issue of the journal has been worked on tirelessly since 2018 and would not have been possible without the leadership of Guest Editor, Zara Worth. I must say a huge thanks to Zara for putting me at ease with my first bit of published academic writing and for her help and insight into what was needed.

I must also express my gratitude to Simon Morris who suggested me to Zara in the first place! Please do look at both Simon and Zara’s work, they are incredible artists!


The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice: ‘SMS (Social-Media-Speak) as/for/in creative practice’, Volume 13, Number 1, 1 January 2020 is still available to download and purchase.

Find out more about the journal here:


Purchase the Journal (Volume 13, Issue 1) here:


Psychasthenia Online Exhibition and E-Book

I am thrilled to tell you all that I have new work showing as part of Psychasthenia, an online exhibition and e-book, looking at mental states during lockdown/quarantine.

Psychasthenia is an outdated term for a pyschological disorder marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, etc.


The online exhibition can be viewed on Instagram over at https://www.instagram.com/psychasthenia_art/ and features artists work and links to individual bio’s in each image caption.

The e-book can be accessed at here and the 86 page document is well worth a look and is full of great artists.

Psychasthenia is curated by Nanohour, you can view their work at https://www.instagram.com/nanohour_fineart/ .

Exhibition News – Apocqueerlypse

I am thrilled to announce that I will be showing video work as part of Apocqueerlypse in London on the 10th August 2019.

“The world is ending. Let’s celebrate its greatest hits”

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“Science says we have 10 years to turn it around before we fully screw the pooch. In case they’re right, we want to throw a fabulous goodbye party celebrating the achievements of our best and brightest.* 

SXRVXVE is throwing an ‘Apocqueerlypse’ banger of a night out in London in August. Think: video art party with all the best tunes from our pop, soul, and hip hop queens, and a celebration of under-appreciated icons. No decade is off limits: this is the ‘Best Of’ edition of the human race. 

Just like the Berlin Dadaists in Nazi times, we’re not accepting the end of the world without an absurdist, political art party and a few drinks in our hands. Like all of our nights out, the event will be a fully immersive, artist (slash tequila) -driven space. 

Eyes on this space for our full list of participating artists, helping us celebrate the last several thousand years of human creation. We’ll be highlighting the triumphs of trash culture, pop culture, forgotten culture, queer culture, and everything in between.

*We’re not going fully fatalistic yet. Please vote, contact your political representatives, agitate, volunteer, and donate. We’ll be accepting donations at the event to the National Resources Defense Council, who are on the front lines of advocating for climate action and fighting Trump’s attacks on the environment, and we’ll continue to share other resources and great charities in advance of the event”.

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Apocqueerlypse takes place on the 10th August 2019 for one night only at ‘Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes’ in Shoreditch, London from 9:30pm until late (or very early for those who like to party).

I will be showing video piece, “GRUNDER, HE WROTE” as part of this amazing party!

Apocqueerlypse is hosted by SXRVXVE. SXRVXVE is an interdisciplinary curatorial platform dedicated to presenting artworks and projects engaging with social, political, and cultural systems of power. By showcasing the work of artists responding to social inequality, the failures of the criminal justice system, and other systems that work to silence marginalized voices, SXRVXVE pushes the boundary of how we understand justice, revealing how art, media, and performance can defy structural oppression and offer vehicles for expression, support, and closure.


Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

32-36 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DA London, United Kingdom


Beyond Graduation

The third and final leg of ‘Beyond Graduation’ opens tomorrow evening at Saabat Gallery, South Bank. So if you missed out at Heritage Gallery (Middlesbrough) or Crown Street Gallery (Darlington), this really is your last chance to see a superb array of artistic talent in a fitting showcase to the diverse thinking that Teesside University has nurtured.

Enjoy an evening of art and live music from Storm Crow from 6pm – 8pm.

The exhibition brings together the work of 30 visual artists, curated by award-winning Artist Julie Macbean.

The show will be on until 16th August 2019 and as usual opening times:

Wednesday 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00pm to 12:00pm

Free admission for all.

Live music from “storm crow”.

Refreshments provided.

83 Normanby Road
South Bank