Print Publications (Selected)


WarriorsSino/EU international touring exhibition: ISBN. 978 911217 09 1

The Navigator, ISBN 0-906688-40-X

Sculpturing Brilliance: Public Art and Public Space: ISBN.

Placemaking: RUDI & The Academy of Urbanism: ISBN: 1-896650 474

Scorched Earth, ISBN 1-900856-41-7

John Atkin: The Big Idea: Albemarle Gallery: 2008: ISBN: 978-0-9559349-0-2

Blue Symphony: China NanDaiHe International Sculpture exhibition

Distant Voices, ISBN 1-900856-30-1

Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors: Touring exhibition

Masters in Landscape & Public Sculpture

Cut, The Made and the Unmade, ISBN 0-9704605-0-3

Cut, ISBN 1 901560 65 1

Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st Century British Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum,

Venice Italy. Cass Sculpture Foundation: Tim Marlowe. ISBN 0-9537794-3-2


Public Art


2017.     Access to Justice: Public Artwork: McMurty Gardens of Justice: Toronto Canada

2017.    Twister. Sandstone, 5m tall: Suide Int. Stone Carving Symposium. Yulin: China

2017.    Sundew: Large-scale stainless-steel public artwork and seating designs for Corby Borough Council

2017.    Mechanomorphic Figure: large-scale bronze & stainless steel sculpture: Seoul. Korea

2016.    Sacred Light (Working title) Design proposals for landmark sculpture: Suzhou Sports Centre: Suzhou: China

2015.    The Silk Road: (Excellent Award) Production of large scale stainless steel sculpture: International Sculpture Exhibition, Fuzhou, China

2015.    Concrete Innovation: Arts & Science collaboration: Design School, LU. The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford: Lincolnshire

2014.     Wheels of Time: Unlocking Stourport’s Heritage: Stourport: UK

2013.    Searchlight Beacons: London Southend Airport strategic link. Delivery phase    

              Powerhouse. Bull Inn Court. Site-specific artwork: Covent Garden, London

              Wheels of Time: Urban regeneration & public art project: Phase 1: Wuxi: China




2017.    Twister: Dialogue with the Emperor: Sino – EU touring exhibition.  Antwerp

2017.    Sentinel: Marble & Granite: permanent exhibition: Stone Quarry Hill Art Park: USA

2017.     Twister: Dialogue with the Emperor: Sino – EU touring exhibition. ULB. Brussels

2017.     Tide Wonder: The Secret Garden: The Peninsula Hotel Gallery, Beijing, China

2016.     Sneaker Wave: Artwork: “Inside the Secret Garden”: Group exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing China

2016.     Warriors: Sino –EU touring exhibition. Here East: Olympic Park, Stratford, London

2016.    Inside the Sculptors Studio: Solo exhibition and film: Sculpturesite CA. USA.

2016     B#SIDE War: Official artist: Cormons, Italy:

2016.    Highlights from the Collection: Atkin: Beattie: Auerbach: Shields: Hartlepool Art Gallery: Cleveland: UK

2015.     Sneaker Tide: Mixed Media: Haining “Tide Wonders” 2016 The First International Sculpture Exhibition: Haining City, Zhejiang Province: China

2014.    Twister*2. Aluminium. Museu Nacional Scienca –Politecnica Lisboa: Portugal

2014.    67 67 Drawbridge: 8 works on paper: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Singapore

2014.    Made in England: Jinji Lake Art Museum: Suzhou: China

2013.    Warriors. Kouros Gallery. Ridgefield. CT. USA

2013.    Qu Art. China Suzhou Cultural & Creative Design Industry Fair: China

2013.    Creative Cities. Two-city exhibition. London/Beijing. Beijing Art Museum: China

2013.    Twister. Dialogue with Emperor Qin. Dalian Zhongshan Art Museum. China.

2013.    Twister. Dialogue with Emperor Qin. Talinn Art Museum. Talinn: Estonia.





2017.     Expert Jury. International invitation: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2017.     Public Art - Urban Space: Overseas Elite Lecture Program: South China University of Design & Technology. Guangzhou: China

2017.     Fellowship Award: School of the Arts English & Drama: Loughborough University

2015.    The Silk Road: (Excellent Award) Public Art version, Fuzhou, China

2013.    Qu Art. Major Award. Suzhou Cultural & Creative Design Industry Fair: China

2012.    EPSRC Bridging the Gaps. PI. Arts & Sciences Award: Loughborough University


Public Art

2012.    Thames Gateway: London Southend Airport strategic link (design phase)

              The Tumblers. MTLE. Wuxi. China.



2012.    Heads Up. Sculpturesite/A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, California, USA

2012.    The Art of Sport. Guildford Cathedral. Surrey. London

2012.    Precious Light-City of God. (With Dave Mach) Galway Arts Centre: Ireland

2012.    Creative Cities. Two-city exhibition. London Beijing, The Barbican Arts Centre

2012.    Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum. Dialogue with Emperor Qin's Warriors. China

2012.    Heilongjiang Art Museum. Dialogue with Emperor Qin's Warriors. China


Conferences & Symposiums

2016.      Sculpture in Context – Tradition & Innovation: Lecture “Sundew & other work by John Atkin”: ISC, Pittsburgh USA.

2012.      Intrigue, uncertainty and humour. Why work in an Integrated Design Team? Breaking Boundaries Seminar. Loughborough University


Public Art

2011.    The Road Not Taken. Ordos City. Ordos City International Sculpture Park. China

             Arcs. 12th Changchun International Symposium: Speaker & Publication: Changchun:      China



2011.    Precious Light-City of God. (With Dave Mach) Edinburgh City Art Gallery

2011.    Blue Symphony. NanDaiHe. Beijing. China

2011.    The 3rd China Changchun World Sculpture Symposium exhibition. China

2011.    Qu Art. Belgium. UK Representative. Inspiring Culture

            Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors. Touring exhibition 2011 to 2013

  • Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum
  • Shandong Province Art Museum
  • Urumuqi Art Museum
  • Fujian Art Museum
  • Ningbo Art Museum
  • Heilongjiang Art Museum
  • Changshu Art Museum


Conferences & Symposiums 2011

  • The 3rd China Changchun World Sculpture Conference. China
  • Blue Symphony. NanDaiHe International Sculpture Conference. China
  • Technologies of Drawing. Sculpture Network. University of Huddersfield



2011.    Honorary Fellowship, National Academy of Sculpture, Beijing, China

2011.    Bridging the Gaps. EPSRC funding award for Interdisciplinary practice

2011.    Nanjing Youth Olympic Game Sculpture Planning Committee. Nanjing. China

2011.    Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Delivery of public realm furniture designs

2011.    Heritage Lottery Fund award. Kingston Aviation Centenary Project


Public Art

2010.    Breaking Boundaries. Lead Artist. Kent County Council: Ashford, Kent. UK


            The Clothier. Public Art commission: Friends of the New Walk: Leicester, UK




2010.    Pendulum Relief’s. Los Angeles Art Fair, Sculpturesite Gallery San Francisco

            Iron Rations. Abstracts from the Collection: Mildura Arts Centre, Vic. Australia



Ringing the Changes. Winner. Town Regeneration. The RTPI Planning Awards: Ashford Ring Road project, Kent County Council


2010.    The 16th China Sculpture Forum. DIAOSU- National Sculpture Magazine of China: Sculpture & Communication: The Public in Art conference paper


2009.    Public Art

Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Lead Artist. Kent County Council Notaroundabout Highways feature. Corten & stainless steel, Breccia paving



The Academy of Urbanism: Elected member

Trustee and Committee Member: Royal Society of British Sculptors: London

Marshalls Award for Public Realm: Breaking Boundaries, Ashford. UK

Landscape Institute Awards:  awarded “Local landscape Planning Award” highly commended.

Sustain Magazine Awards:  awarded winner in the “Best Public Realm” category.

The IHT Awards 2009:  Highly commended in the Urban Design category.   

The Rouse Kent Public Art Award:  Highly commended for ‘Breaking Boundaries’

The Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2009: Highly Commended in category “Award for the Best Designed Regeneration Development” and Winner in category “Local Authority Regeneration Team of the Year”. 

The RTPI Planning Awards 2009:  Submitted in the category “Town Regeneration”. Short-listed for both in National and Regional Awards

The ICE 2009 Engineering Awards (the Brassey Award - Winner in Innovation Category

The British Construction Industry Awards 2009:  Short-listed for Prime Minister’s Better Building Award.

The LGN Street Design Awards 2009:  Winner in Street Design Ashford Borough        Council Building Design Awards 2009 – Short-listed in Public Realm Category

Worshipful Company of Paviours: Winner, Elwick Square


2009. Conferences

Understanding the Post Industrial City: Metropolis, Urban Renewal and Public Space, a joint research exchange programme on post-industrial urbanism between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Technical University Lisbon, Portugal


2008 - Public Art

Hard Bop. Public Art: Commissioned by Sculpturesite Gallery on behalf of LARAMAR Inc. Fillmore Plaza, San Francisco.

Strange Meeting. Marble and Granite: Commissioned by Beijing Municipal Council for Olympic Park:  Beijing.

Public Art for Beijing Olympics - City Sculpture Proposals. Sculpture

Competition and exhibition: Beijing China. ISBN 7-5074-1794-8. The Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest.

Pluto. Corten and stainless steel: Two-part sculpture, commissioned by Wilson Bowden for the historic Phoenix Parkway site: CORUS, steel works: Corby

Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Member Champions Group

Shared-space Highway scheme: Collaboration, Jacobs (Highway Engineers) and

Whitelaw Turkington, (Landscape Architects), Ashford


Exhibition Publications

The Big Idea: Solo exhibition. Albemarle Gallery. London: ISBN

Hard Bop. Film preview: Lush Life Gallery: San Francisco. San Francisco.



Honor Certificate. Strange Meeting. Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, China

Outstanding Award. Strange Meeting. Chinese Sculpture Institute. China

Sculpturesite Award. (San Francisco). Public art and the public realm


2007 -  Public Art

The Clicker. Bronze. Commissioned by The Friends of the New Walk

By Hook or by Crook: Public Art Commission: Corten steel and stainless steel concrete, oak and slate: Wexford, Ireland Commissioned by Tesco Ireland. Collaboration with Murray & Associates: Landscape Architects; Johnstown Museum, Wexford Ireland.

Plumb Bob. Bronze: stainless steel. Goyne Adams Architects: PRC Architects:

Land Registry Building, Bedford Park, Croydon.

Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Member Champions Group.

Kingston Design Review Panel; Invited member. Royal Borough of K.O.T. London

Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest Exhibition; Exhibitions Venue:

Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Centre; Group exhibition



The Imagined and the Real. Group exhibition. Invited artist. Cartwright Hall. Lister

Hall. Bradford.

Sculpture by the Sea: Selected artist. Group exhibition: Sydney, Australia



2007.    Landscape Institute Award. London. Urban Design & street furniture: Breaking

Boundaries: Ashford: collaboration; Whitelaw Turkington, (Landscape Architects)

Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest for 2008

Outstanding Award. The Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape

Sculpture Designs Contest. Beijing. China.

Rootstein Hopkins Sabbatical Leave Award (Drawing) 2007 to 2008

Elected Fellow (Peer assessment), Royal British Society of Sculptors, London


2006 Public Art

Pound Mill; redevelopment of historical location: “Meeting of the “Two Rivers”: Staines:

Breaking Boundaries. Lead Artist 2006 -2010: appointed by Kent County Council. Collaboration with Whitelaw Turkington (Landscape Architects) and Jacobs (Highway Engineers) on urban regeneration project in Ashford Kent



Landing Gear. Drawings and Sculptures: The Gallery. RBS. London.

Cass Sculpture Foundation: The London Information Centre & Gallery. UK

Awards Conferences & Symposiums

Study Leave Award: Research, urban - regeneration: a fresh role of public art; Drawing into digital media, collage, and papier-colle. Loughborough University. UK.

Landing Gear. RBS, London. South Kensington, London


2005 Public Art

NZ323135. Corten & stainless steel: Commissioned by Arts Council North on behalf       of City & Northern (Developers) for Morton Palms Business Park, Teesside.

Bowes Moor. Wall-based sculpture. Systems Engineering Innovation Centre: Loughborough.



The Great Artistic Metropolis: Oxford House, London. Landor: Architecture Journal

Sculpture & Design: Symposium. Faculty of Arts & Architecture, University of

Brighton: Plenary panel member and exhibitor. Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. University of Brighton


Exhibition Publications

The Affordable Art Fair. SOHO Galleries, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia

Vernissage. Inaugural exhibition. Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA


2004 Public Art & Urban Regeneration

Dal Fabrro’s Chariot: Corten & stainless steel sculpture: Beetham Towers,

Liverpool. Tate Liverpool’s audit of Public Sculpture, City of Culture 2008

Commissioned by Beetham Organisation: Aedus Architects LTD: Liverpool.


Exhibition Publications

From Another Dimension-Works on Paper by Sculptors: Major survey exhibition: sculptor’s drawings. Internationally invited artist. Department of Prints & Drawings, NOMA: USA

American & International Permanent Collection exhibition: NOMA, New

Orleans. One wall-based “pendulum relief” sculpture, Bowes Moor.

Sentinel. Corten & stainless steel: Invited International Artist: Sculpture by the Sea: Sydney. Australia.

The Klansman. Steel and glass sculpture: EMAAR. Burgh Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E


Selected Bibliography

The British Council: John Atkin in China

Blue Symphony: 258 pages colour. John Atkin-Landing Gear pages 242-245. CPC Funding

County Party Committee & County Government: NanDaiHe Tourism Development Co Ltd NanDaiHe Sculpture Park. China

Precious Light- City of God. Edinburgh City Art Gallery. Revolution Editions. ISBN. 97809-542-436-23. 80 pages colour. Pages 25-26

Sculpturing Brilliance: “Public Art & Public Space”: 210-242 (English/Chinese): 375 pages. Publisher, Changchun Publishing House: ISBN. 978-7-5445-0632-8. Launched: Third, World Sculpture Conference, Changchun: September 2011

John Atkin. Sculpture Journal. Sculpture that declares the space around it: by Robert Morgan. ISSN: Pages 50 to 54

Gathering Dreams 100: Beijing Olympic Sculptures Collection. Culture & Art Publishing House, China. ISBN: Gathering Dreams 100: Beijing Olympic Sculptures         Documentary Culture & Art Publishing House, China. ISBN978-7-5039-3608-1/J.979

Art & Architecture Journal: Number 66/67 Autumn 2008. ISSN 1360-3256. Page 85

BBC Articles

British Council article

AXIS article

Artists & Illustrator Journal: First out of the blocks by Carol Cordrey. Issue 265. Page 11-12 Sculpture Journal. ISSN: 74851 64837, The Sculpture Olympics 2008 by Zhu Yilang. Pages 54-55.Vol.27. No. 9

Hard Bop. City Arts, 7X7 magazine. Page 135. San Francisco.

Hard Bop. News article. Interview with Don Sanchez, ABC 7. San Francisco.

Hard Bop. Review of public art and regeneration project. San Francisco Chronicle

Hard Bop. Fillmore Center Plaza. ISBN 1 900856 76 X

Public Art for Beijing Olympics- City Sculpture Proposals. p 89 (The Competitor) page 134 (Strange Meeting) ISBN 7-5074-1794-8

Art & Architecture Journal: Commissions & Projects; Pound Mill, Staines, page 57

Commissions in the North East of England, 2003-2007, by Arts Council England, part financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund and One North East. Section 12, Tees Valley, featured article on NZ323135, Morton palms Public Artwork by John Atkin

Green Place Journal: May 2006. ISSN 1742-3716. Page nos. 2: Land Use article, News. Pound Mill public sculpture commission review. ISSN. Author Sutherland Lyall

Art & Architecture Journal: Page 56. Number 63 Autumn 2005: ISSN 1360-3256 Commissions: Review NZ323135 (Public Sculpture)

Arts Monthly San Francisco: Volume 15. Issue 9. Page 7. Review of group exhibition at Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco

Art & Architecture Journal: Number 61. ISSN No. 1360-3256. February 2005. Public Art-Urbanism-Architecture. Missions & Projects: Review of Dal Fabrro’s Chariot, Liverpool

A-N Magazine. June 2004. ISNN No. 9-770261-342034: Review. Man and Machine. Review of exhibition, Chappel Galleries, Colchester

Arts Quarterly: New Orleans Museum of Art, Volume XXVI Issue 2. From Another Dimension, Works on Paper, by Daniel Piersol: New Orleans Museum of Art: USA         

The Architects Journal: 26/06/03. ISSN. 0003 8466. Metal Works Corten: Under the Weather: by Sutherland Lyall. The Navigator, Ipswich is a featured artwork

"The Navigator": Navigation News, ISSN 0268 6317. Review of public sculpture by John Atkin

Art & Architecture Journal: No 59.ISSN 1360-3256: Page 48. Review of two new sculptures: The Navigator public artwork and The Signaler public artwork.

Galleries. May 2003. Tim Fargher, "John Atkin", Galleries, May Issue 241 ISSN 0265-7511 Review of exhibition at Christchurch Mansion Museum, Ipswich

Thinking Big - Concepts for Twenty First Century British Sculpture. Introduction by Thomas Krens Director, Soloman R Guggenheim Foundation: Essay, 'Thinking Big' by Tim Marlowe, Broadcaster and Creative Director for Sculpture at Goodwood. ISBN 09537794-3-2

Sculpture Magazine. Vol 21. No 7. Published by International Sculpture Center.           

Scorched Earth. Review of exhibition at Philadelphia Art Alliance: Philadelphia PA.

Sculpture Magazine. Forum. Issue 8. Vol. 20 page 7 October 2001. ISSN 08989-728X Public Art Competitions in Sculpture Education. John Atkin in conversation with Carol             Sterling ISC Officer.

Review. February 2001, Volume 3, No. 4 Published at 1427 W. Ninth St. Suite 203, Kansas City Missouri 64101: USA. John Atkin

The Made and the Unmade by Leesa Fanning. Review of solo exhibition at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City

The Kansas City Star: Preview/Art. Friday January 19th. The Show. A Kinder, gentler side to British Art… Review of solo exhibition at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art       


Student Education history (selected)

1982-1985     Henry Moore Scholarship: MA Sculpture Royal College of Art. London

1985-1986     Picker Fellowship in Sculpture:  Kingston University. London (one year)

1988-1989     Australia Council & British Council Major Award Victoria College,           

                        Melbourne Australia. Lecture Tour to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide & Perth.


Curator Research

My international profile has enabled me to identify funding to introduce several overseas high profile academics and artists to the School of the Arts as Artist in Residencies: these include, Ellen Carey: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek: Mark Grote: and Peter Mclean, as part of the Drawing Across Boundaries Symposium at LU. In addition, I have curated several student exhibitions here in the UK and overseas, the most recent being Made in England, at Jinji Lake art Museum, Suzhou, China


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