Top artists from the worlds of art, drama, illustration, cartoon, fashion design and literature have donated designs for Deckchair Dreams.
Since the launch of the project in 2006, artists, designers and celebrities such as Tracey Emin, Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Ben Fogle and Quentin Blake have donated deckchair designs inspired by London's Royal Parks.
The deckchairs designs are printed onto woven canvases, attached to sustainsable merpauh wood frames to create stunning deckchairs to exhibit and sit on, each summer within the green space of the Royal Parks.
Thank you to Bloomberg and all our deckchair artists who make this project possible. Not only do they help to bring art into the Parks, but they help raise vital funds for our community and education programmes via auctioning original artwork and sales of the deckchairs and tote bags through our online shop.
Alex Williams is a film animator and cartoonist based in London and Los Angeles. He was born in 1967, grew up in Notting Hill and was educated at Westminster, Camberwell and Merton College Oxford.Find out more
Cai Jin was born in 1965 in Tun Xi in Anhui Province, China. In 1982 she studied fine art at Anhui University, which she funded by drawing illustrations for China’s Women and Youth Literature magazines.Find out more
Hu Xiangcheng was born in Shanghai in 1950. After graduating from the Stage Design Department of Shanghai Theatre Academy, he taught at Tibet University for ten years.Find out more
Lou Shenghua (born 1966, Zhejiang, China) was a doctor before he entered Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art (now China Academy of Art) in 1988 and got his master degree in 2001.Find out more
Philip Treacy was born in 1966 in a tiny village called Ahascragh in County Galway, in the West of Ireland. He started sewing when he was about five, making dresses and hats for his sister’s dolls.Find out more
Qiu Zhijie was born in 1969 in Fujian and is one of China’s most versatile artists. He is a conceptual photographer known also for his paintings, calligraphy, installations and video. Qiu’s works are intensely philosophical and quirky.Find out more
Widely acknowledged as an influential English artist and cartoonist, Ronald Searle was born in Cambridge in 1920. He became a regular contributor to the Cambridge Daily News aged 15 and subsequently put himself through art school.Find out more
Rob Kesseler is a visual artist and Professor of Ceramic Art & Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Born in 1951 in Solihull, sandwiched between the industrial heartlands of the midlands.Find out more
Born in Beijing in 1948, Shanglin lived in Shanghai during his early years and then moved to Hong Kong in the late 1970s where he works in business and commercial design.Find out more
Simon Gudgeon is an acclaimed British sculptor, whose unique style conveys the movement and emotions of nature in smooth forms and lines.Find out more
Wang Chao was born in 1974 in Shandong province, China and graduated from the China Academy of Art in 1998. He received his masters degree in 2007 and is currently Director of the printmaking department’s Purple Bamboo Studio.Find out more
Wu Ching-ju was born in the tranquil rural setting of Fonglin, Taiwan. She grew up fascinated by the ancient traditions of China and after secondary school soon became interested in the traditional art of flower arranging.Find out more