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¬ Forge Arts blends the framing skills of Graham Perkins with the carving skills of Mick Burns

Graham Perkins was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, and having taken a BSc Degree in Product Design went on to teach New Media to Undergraduates at the University of Westminster in London. His abilities in administration were highlighted when he was hired by the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) to devise and deliver free New Media training courses for unemployed / underprivileged Queen’s Park area residents of North London. Moving to Lincolnshire in 2003, his added interests in contemporary art and sculpture have culminated in the founding of Forge Arts as a creative outlet for the like-minded. As well as running Forge Arts, Graham currently designs book covers and proof-reads for Helter Skelter book publishers and is undertaking an MA in Community Archaeology at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

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A 6 milli-second serial by Graham Perkins



Cover for the "Hackthorn & Cold Hanworth in the 20th Century" book designed by Graham Perkins


Mick Burns originally trained in forestry with the forestry commission, then at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria. Circumstances dictated his employment as instructor with Riseholm University in Lincolnshire. Given the opportunity of a plentiful supply of timber of large dimensions and ready access to a variety of chainsaws, he started to further develop his carving skills. This eventually became a realistic proposition in terms of earning a living, so he gave up the "day job" and concentrated on the sculpture. Like so many other artists he also take inspiration from the shapes and forms nature has to offer, although in some ways he tends more towards the unconventional in that he finds objects like animal skulls fascinating from a sculptural point of view.

His work is in demand by Local Authorities, Community Groups, Schools, Businesses,Theme Parks, Galleries, and individual clients. He has created a number of public works. Customers include Woodland Trust, National Trust, Sustrans and Assorted Developers. He has given interviews on radio both in the USA and the UK. Has been interviewed several times on both national and local TV relating to his work and chainsaw carving in general (e.g. Grand Designs, Countryfile). Britain's Got Talent asked him to audition in 2008 also resulting in a very brief appearance (once again) on national TV. For a number of years, Mick ran the only chainsaw carving course in the UK!