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Alistair Park’s Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae of Alistair Park: Woodcarver and Tutor

Email: apark98@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.carvings-with-stories.co.uk

Blog: http://carvingswithstories.blogspot.co.uk


B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology; University College of Swansea
B.A. (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Designer Maker); University of Plymouth
PTLLS qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
I’m a qualified Forest School leader (OCN Forest School Leader Level Three award)
I also hold a current enhanced disclosure DBS check and public liability insurance



Exhibited a specially-made new sculpture at ‘Creative Reactions’, an exhibition encouraging collaborative work between scientists and artists. It was designed after discussions with Dr. Irina Lazar (a specialist in earthquake damping mechanisms) about her work.


Demonstrated traditional woodcarving techniques at SignLink Live, a signmaker’s trade fair at Telford International Centre

Showed work in Woodland Arts, a show in Clifton, Bristol. The patron (and a coexhibitor) was Lord Bath, owner of Longleat.


Newly-made wooden benches on display each year in the Meadow field at Shambala festival in Northamptonshire.


Easton Arts Trail; Easton, Bristol


‘Cornucopia’; Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
‘Bristol: Ambitious City’; Bristol Architecture Centre
Public carving as part of Bristol Festival of Stone
‘Inspired’ at the Hayloft Gallery, Bristol


‘Oil, Metal, Stone, Wood’ at Oriel Canfas, Cardiff
‘From The Woods’ at the Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
‘Arty Bench’ displayed at Larmer Tree festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire


‘Inspired’ at the Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire and also at the Hayloft Gallery, Ashton Court, Bristol
‘Meta Anatomica’ at the Walcot Chapel, Bath


Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Spring Open Exhibition, RBSA, Brook St, Birmingham
‘Inspired’ at The Hayloft Gallery, Ashton Court, Bristol
‘The Festival of the Tree’, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
‘Racing Slug’ benches shown at Larmer Tree festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire


Easton Arts Trail; Easton, Bristol
‘Metamarine’ at the Grant Bradley gallery, Bristol


St Werburghs Arts Trail, Bristol
‘Once A Tree’ at the Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
‘Metainsecta’ at the Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
Work from ‘Metainsecta’ shown at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery


‘Bristol Art Show ’07’ at the Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
‘Art on the Hill’; Windmill Hill, Bristol


University of Plymouth Degree Show for 3D Design: Designer Maker course


’24 Hour Arty People’ at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
‘The Mythic Garden’ near Drewsteignton, Devon

Teaching Experience:


Running private woodcarving tuition at my studio or at the client’s home, covering carving with a variety of tools including axes, knives and traditional carving tools


Running occasional woodcarving and green woodworking workshops at schools and public events for Touchwood Enterprises, who are based in Bristol.


Six evaluated sessions running Forest School activities with a young of young adults with learning difficulties at Boiling Wells in St Werburghs, Bristol
Two day woodcarving workshop working with pupils at Braishfield Primary School, Hampshire


Working part-time with young people who were not in education or employment, as well as corporate volunteer groups, teaching practical woodworking and construction skills at St Werburghs City Farm, Bristol


Pendant carving with local people as part of Wild City’s ‘Fun Days’ at Eastwood Farm as well as at an event at the North Slopes, both in Bristol
Running a two day woodcarving workshop for apprentices with the Carpenter’s Fellowship at Chelvey woodyard, Bristol
Working with older people and young disengaged people in Shirehampton to carve and build a public bench in association with LinkAge and the Wild City Project.


Devised and ran the Heritage Crafts course at St Werburghs City Farm, teaching woodcarving and green woodworking skills through sponsorship by the Radcliffe Trust


Workshop carving signs in oak with young people in association with the Trust for Conservation Volunteers in Bristol
Worked with young people and staff at Lockleaze Adventure Playground in Bristol, to improve their outdoor space
Worked with Stoke Park Action Group and local young people to construct fire pits, seating and tables in Stoke Park, Bristol
Conducted one-day pendant carving workshop as part of Wild City’s ‘Woodland Celebration’ at Stoke Park, Bristol
Ran one-day drop in carving workshops with local people in St Agnes Park and Pucklechurch, Bristol


Worked with Bristol City Council’s Learning Communities Team to help make two carved noticeboards with residents of the St Anne’s Park area.
Two-day woodcarving workshops for children at Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol
Two-day woodcarving workshops with local young people as part of ‘Summer Challenge’ at Lawrence Weston City Farm, Bristol
Two evening woodcarving workshops for NHS staff at Southmead and Frenchay hospitals, Bristol
Woodcarving workshop for adults at the Motorcycle Showrooms art space, Stokes Croft, Bristol


Pencil making workshops with young people at ‘Engage’, Stoke Gifford, Bristol


Teaching green woodworking for the Forest of Avon Products Cooperative at Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset


Covering Lecturer, working for five months with adults with learning difficulties attending the City of Bristol College’s Foundation Education Arts and Crafts course at the Vassals Centre, Bristol
Teaching green woodworking for the Forest of Avon Products Cooperative at Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset
Demonstrating woodcarving at a day event for the Forest of Avon Wood Products Cooperative at Ashton Court, Bristol


Volunteering for several months with ‘Treedom’, teaching practical woodworking skills to adults with learning difficulties
Teaching green woodworking at the Big Green Gathering, Fernhill Farm, Somerset
Teaching green woodworking at Swindon Forest Festival

Selected Commissions:

2016 – 2019

Produced the ‘Jackie Collins Woman of the Year’ award for the charity Penny Brohn UK. Each award was specially designed and made for that year’s recipient.


Designed and created a large oak bench which is now situated on Clifton Down in Bristol. Permission is very rarely given for artworks to be put in this spot and this bench is the only permanently installed woodcarving there, so it is a real privilege.


Designed and made oak replica whiskey bottles for the makers of Famous Grouse whiskey, to promote their new ‘Naked Grouse’ line. This also involved live carving demonstrations at bars in Mayfair and Marylebone, London


Designed and carved a garden sculpture for former Lord Mayor of Bristol, Geoff Gollop
Designed, carved and built the oak Centenary Bench for the National Trust at Leigh Woods, Bristol, commemorating a hundred years since the land was donated to the Trust.


Repaired and restored a severely damaged ebony sculpture by the respected Zambian carver Friday Tembo.