Contact for details of how to book Ed Gray for workshops, talks and events

Education,Training and Teaching Experience:

​Ed Gray has a diploma in Fine Art Foundation and a BA Hons in Fine Art. He began volunteering in the art room in a south London youth club and ran workshops for Magic Me and worked as a Notting Hill Carnival designer for M2K Mas Band before completing his PGCE and QTS in 1998. Ed taught art and design for five years in a secondary school in Peckham and has over 20 years of experience teaching and lecturing about art and curating exhibitions in primary and secondary schools, colleges, adult education, universities, galleries, museums and public institutions.

Clients have included Sir John Soane’s Museum, Dr Martens, Dulwich Picture gallery, Tate, Royal Drawing School, Masterworks Museum Bermuda, City Hall, Thames Festival, Thames Luxury Charters, The Gherkin 30 St Mary Axe, Float Art Fair London, Southampton Solent University, University of Connecticut London, Queen Mary’s University London.

Recent Primary School Testimonial:

“Our school has been privileged to work with Ed for the last three years as an artist in residence. He worked with Key Stage 2 pupils on a 3D modelling project to create a ‘jungle’ of endangered species which captured the children’s imagination. With Ed’s careful guidance and gentle encouragement the children explored a range of media to produce amazing models. Ed also ran a fantastic urban drawing and painting project called ‘Portait of Peckham’. Subsequently when we were looking to regenerate our playground artwork we knew Ed would be the best person to work with. Our children were inspired by Ed’s artwork and learnt life drawing skills and perspective under his thoughtful instruction. The stunning murals the children produced in collaboration with Ed truly represent the daily experiences of our school and reflect our values beautifully. Our children were thrilled to have contributed to such a legacy thanks to Ed.”
JM Deputy Head Teacher St Mary Magdalene School, Peckham, London 

Recent University Testimonial:

“Highlights of Ed Gray’s guest lectures are his recalling of  the inspiration that informs his paintings and his passion for the character of the city –  its people, its moods and its everyday occurrences. He speaks eloquently on the techniques of great artists in history and how he applies these to his own visual narratives of the contemporary urban scene. Ed has the gift to talk about these things in a way that can be understood and appreciated by all. That makes him a fine teacher at every level and a valued collaborator.”

JF, PhD Associate Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London

Sample workshops for primary and Secondary Schools and Colleges: Key Stages 1-5 and FE

  • drawing- materials and techniques
  • observational drawing
  • painting -brush skills, mark making, colour theory
  • urban drawing and painting
  • creating a composition
  • museum and gallery stimuli- research skills
  • life drawing
  • life sculpture- 3D modelling, maquettes, modroc, clay, paper mache
  • working from 2D into 3D and back into 2D
  • contextual studies- art history
  • studio visits
  • professional skills

Sample Lectures,Talks and Workshops for Schools,Colleges, FE, HE and Corporate Clients:

  • INSET Training: Creativity in the Classroom- Using art as a stimulus for cross curricular learning
  • INSET Training: Concepts and Conceits: Ways of Looking at Art
  • We Are Creative: The Least important Most Important Thing of All
  • William Hogarth: The First Modernist
  • Dissecting Georgian Society: Hogarth, Soane and the Paneled Room
  • Hogarth at the National Gallery
  • Watching Watchers Watching the Watched:The Spectacle of Adoration Scenes at the National Gallery
  • Social and Urban Painters: Hogarth, Lowry, Bellows, Burra, Motley, Mcfadyen, Perry
  • Professional Skills for Art Students
  • Capturing the Crowd: Urban Drawing and Painting- practical workshop
  • Dynamic Life Drawing: Drawing moving figures- practical workshop
  • Feeling the face: Portraiture workshop- practical workshop


​Ed Gray talks to Southampton Solent University Fine Arts Undergraduates:

​Part 1: Career Path and decisions

​Part 2: Teaching career and residencies