The final Friday of February saw Pauls English Flower Garden exhibition open in his home city of Derby. With a packed year of shows as part of the Cultural Olympiad the event had the air of anticipation as the Derbyshire artist unveiled new sculpture for the first time.
The event was attended by people from across Britain as they took the opportunity to have a private preview of the works to come during 2012. In attendance at the event were Rory Slater (Derbyshire 2012 Legacy Co-Ordinator), Paul Brookes, Saphia Smith (Assit Combined Arts, Arts Council England), John Coyne (Vice Chancellor, University of Derby), Sara Sanderson (Relationship Manager, Diversity in Arts Practice, Arts Council England) and Rosy Greenlees (Executive Director of the Crafts Council).
The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. It has also been selected to be part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.