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Steve Lawes

my mission

Hey! I'm Steve. I'm an artist, writer, historian and community worker. I make original work with a psychedelic and medieval edge to it, and I have several missions. I want to:

- Learn about, teach, and celebrate history and heritage. Equipped with an MA in Medieval History and several years working as an artist, I've become adept at taking what I learn about and turning it into teaching resources. I believe that learning about our history is one of the best ways to find out who we are as a people and a nation, and a more informed population is a better one. 

- Help keep ancient cultural traditions alive. In Britain, our cultural cup is full to the brim, but most of us aren't aware of it. I want to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to discover, take part in, and celebrate our rich traditions, and give us all a better sense of where we've come from so that we can better decide where we are going.

- Use art as a shamanic tool. I want to help people, including myself, to work through life's issues using creativity. Art is the best medicine for many modern mental health struggles, and we can equip ourselves to be better prepared and more resilient by learning creative methods. Anyone can use creativity, and it is in all of our best interests that we exercise this ability. 

To achieve these aims, I teach and run creative workshops, project manage community arts and heritage initiatives, mentor other artists, undertake historical research, write, and makes art about my interests. Join me on my journey. 

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my work

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about me

I've been an artist and cultural worker for around seven years since leaving university. My work has been sold internationally, and I'm signed to  publishers Whisky & Beards for my forthcoming debut poetry collection (TBA).

In February 2022, to my utter surprise, I went momentarily viral after I made a joke about my namesake running for UKIP in a local parliamentary by-election. In an absolutely surreal turn of events, someone at UKIP made a revenge meme about me which was shared to me by a sitting member of UKIP's National Executive Committee. I'd like to take a moment here to thank UKIP for the publicity, as this was by far the most lucrative week of my career. 

When I'm not drawing, writing or plotting  new projects, you can often find me playing football, running, eating cheese, or hanging out with my step-kids and partner (who's an excellent artist in her own right). 

I hope you like what you see. Send your mates!