Exhibition News – Beyond Graduation pt.II

The second leg of ‘Beyond Graduation’ is currently open at Crown Street Gallery in Darlington until the 16th May 2019.

Crown Street Library
Crown Street,

Opening times
Monday and Tuesday – 9am-6pm
Wednesday and Friday 9am-5pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Saturday 9am-4pm



Exhibition News – S.E.L.F

Excited to announce that I will be showing work as part of S.E.L.F, (Savouring Every Lovely Feature), at the Gibberish Brewpub in Liverpool on Thursday 11th April 2019.



“Small Steps Events and MCL Drama welcomes you to:

(Savouring Every Lovely Feature)

Join us celebrating individuality and all things SELF-LOVE.

The evening will consist of an insight into the impact society and social media has on our self image through live theatre and exhibitions of art work.

*A variety of different artwork from artists up and down the country

*Live theatre from Malit Community Learning.

*Creative workshops- TBA

*Live music- TBA

*Over 16’s only.

*Venue is accessible.”

The event runs for one night only (6pm – 10pm) at Gibberish Brewpub, 15 Caryl Street, L8 5AA Liverpool.

Tickets are free and can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-tickets-58870324726?fbclid=IwAR10hmd_g4T12w3TFCgwe1CJAXz2Tl37fIeLlN5subeKL5h2-CEhfCygs-4

I will be showing a brand new piece of work!

Exhibition News – On The Back of An Old Envelope



Delighted to announce that I have a piece of work in ‘On The Back Of An Old Envelope’ at Palace Arts, Redcar, until the 17th March 2019.

The exhibition, which opened on the 15th Feb, includes 496 different artworks by as many artists.

All pieces for sale are priced at £20.00 or less, some are being sold to raise funds for charities. The wide range of exhibiting artists includes the young and the venerable; the local and those from the other side of the world. The variety of work is simply … well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!


Exhibition News – Beyond Graduation

I am delighted to be able to finally announce that I will be showing work in ‘Beyond Graduation’ at The Heritage Gallery, Middlesbrough in the first leg of the three-venue exhibition tour.


“We would like to invite you to attend the next exhibition opening at The Heritage Gallery, which promises to be an exciting and eclectic exhibition, bringing together 29 artists that have graduated from Teesside University since 2007:

“Beyond Graduation”
Thursday 28th February 2019

5pm until 7pm

What started off as a conversation at a previous exhibition opening, “Beyond Graduation” became a curious and provocative proposal for a diverse display. Hugely lead by the talented artist Julie Macbean, this exhibition will bring together 29 individual arts graduates – all with their own unique style and technique, to showcase their work & demonstrate how it has developed and progressed since their education at Teesside University.”



‘Beyond Graduation’ continues at The Heritage Gallery from 28th Feb – 3rd April 2019 before making its way to Crown Street Gallery, Darlington from the 6th April – 16th May 2019 before finally being shown in Unit 54, Stockton in July 2019.

DeFault Art Project

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Apparently, there are people out there who do not appreciate being inundated with disgusting artwork and phallic imagery! For those naysayers I have the answer you have been looking for.

Due to the nature in which my own contemporary art practice has evolved I have found that my name has become associated with the GRUNDER “brand” of artwork. Of course, I don’t just make GRUNDER related artwork, recently I have been creating items from sea glass and wood, but I feel that displaying these new and less phallic-shaped items alongside the GRUNDER work would create a weird and distracting juxtaposition.

So, for the purposes of keeping the two different subjects away from each other (they fight terribly you know) I have finally resurrected DeFault Art Project. DeFault was (and still is) a collaborative project for artists, creatives and makers alike.

“Dear world,

We are back! Six years and over 100 miles later, DeFault Art Project is back.

Who are we? Artists, Creatives, Makers all working together to produce gorgeous goodies and unique artworks.

What have we been doing? We have recently been creating stunning new pieces of artwork, design and jewellery with an emphasis on recycling and re-using old items.

You can check out a (very) small selection of what we have done on our new site: https://defaultartproject.weebly.com/

 or our Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DeFaultArtProject

 More will be added in due time.

Where can you see us? You can catch us next at Moist Presents : A Christmas Cracker, 12pm-5pm at LGBT Foundation on Sunday 2nd December 2018 where we will have lots of unique and glamorous offerings for you.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/738779086467533/


Exhibition News – A Place For Friends


I am delighted to announce that I will be showing work as part of ‘a place for friends’ at hARTslane, London from the 14th – 17th November 2018.

17 Harts Lane, New Cross Gate, London, SE14 5UP

Exhibiting Artists:

Faye Turner / Benjamin Murphy / Bob Bicknell-Knight / Jake Major / Brenda
Vega / Ollie Onley / Becky Hancock / Sarah Wolker / Sid and Jim / Daisy
Latham / Larry Walker-Tonks


“a place for friends: The slogan of the once giant social networking website
myspace.com, the unrivalled choice for our online interactions during the
Fast Forward to the present day, now a plethora of apps compete for the
screen time we spend on our smartphones. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
Youtube, Snapchat, Whatsapp, tumblr, reddit etc. offer us numerous ways to
connect and communicate with anyone from a closest friend to an anonymous
stranger in any part of the world.
So how exactly do these technologies shape us? The personas we create
digitally, our curated social media pages. The comments we leave on
anonymous message boards and whether we choose to upvote and downvote
the opinions of others. The vitriolic arguments and the well meaning debate we
have underneath Youtube videos and breaking news stories. The mountains of
data collected from our internet histories. Do these online profiles present a
genuine reflection of who we really are?
Together with ROOM 6.4, a place for friends intends to further the conversation
around such questions and explore how we are affected as individuals by the
rise of social media”.

Link to Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/739037359766751/

Exhibition News – Small Steps


I am delighted to announce that I will be showing work at MakeLiverpool as part of Small Steps Thursday Pup Up’s ‘LGBTQ+ Celebration’ event.

“Small Steps Events presents our next pop up event.

In association with ‘Make’ we will be going in a different direction again, and celebrating all things LGBTQ+.

The night will be fun and very colourful. There will be music throughout the night, crafty workshops, art work , performances and much more, in celebration of everything queer.

The evening will be a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through the arts and also a safe place for people to be themselves, open up and meet new people.

Come along to our evening of celebration!”

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The pop-up event runs Thursday, 1 November 2018 from 17:30-21:00 at Make. North Docks, 34 Regent Street, Liverpool, L3 7BN.

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268294023794888/


Following the debut screening of my latest video piece at Disgraceland, Middlesbrough on the 13th of October I can now officially release/inflict ‘GRUNDER, HE WROTE’ upon everyone else!


‘GRUNDER, HE WROTE’ is a commentary on today’s internet culture and the insertion of unsolicited lewd images forced upon us every day. In this video Walker-Tonks asks us to consider why we accept this as a consequence of using the internet as his ‘Avatar’ character bastardises the well-loved Television staple of ‘Murder, She Wrote’*. This unapologetic insertion acts as metaphor for the widespread plague of lewd and pornographic images that can be found in areas they should not exist.

Larry’s current practice explores issues surrounding dating apps like Grindr and Tinder and how, through a highly sexualised western culture, the sleaze is seeping through to our everyday lives and crossing boundaries it should not. Larry looks at how we present ourselves online, be it fabricating our day to day existence to impress our “friends” or hiding behind a blank profile looking for love. He raises awareness of the pressures put upon people to have unsafe sex and the idea of the unsolicited “dick pic” inviting the viewer to question why it is an accepted part of today’s culture. This manifests itself under the umbrella of ‘GRUNDER’, a series of tongue-in-cheek installations, grotesque sculptures and satirising large scale prints. Larry Walker-Tonks aims to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health.

*This Video was uploaded on Angela Lansbury’s 93rd Birthday.

Pictured below is the Screening at Disgraceland, Middlesbrough.

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Exhibition News – Disgraceland


I am delighted to announce that I will be showing a brand new video work as part of Dovetail Joints + Imagination Engine @ Disgraceland on the 13th October 2018.

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The fashionably vintage creative arts space Disgraceland hosts the freshest psychedelic helter-skelter of music, art and culture. Disgraceland welcomes co-curators Dovetail Joints and Imagination Engine on Saturday 13th October. Running alongside Middlesbrough’s forthcoming Twisterella festival. Disgraceland opens its doors free for entry as an unofficial fringe event.

Featuring art brought to you by Bobby Benjamin’s ethereal art project Dovetail Joints and live music lined up by the local recording label Imagination Engine in partnership with a jewel of Middlesbrough’s cultural quarter, Disgraceland Baker St. This event is the first in a series the three cultural collaborators will be bringing to Teesside in the coming months.

With a pop up bar and DJ sets from local record labels, the legendary Sound it Out and more, before, between and after the live bands, expect sweeping soundscapes, absorbing atmospherics, visual installations, post punk, noise rock, dream pop, beats, bleeps, freaks and treats at this Fall all-dayer.

Heed the call beings of Earth and elsewhere.

The ceremony begins at noon.. join us.

Dovetail Joints and Imagination Engine @ Disgraceland |






Faithful Johannes

Leopard Rays

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ART from:



Mitchell Dilley

Larry Walker-Tonks

Aimee Suggitt


DJ Sets from:

Sound It Out Records

Ack! Ack! Ack! Records

Point Blank Teesside

Imagination Engine Records

Dovetail Joints


Disgraceland, 16 Baker Street, Middlesbrough, TS1, 2LH