Gordon Young is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 20 years experience he has created projects as diverse as a series of 20m sculptural/climbing walls in Blackpool, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, a Wall of Wishes in a Bristol school, and a cursing stone in Carlisle.

Gordon’s latest and most ambitious project to date is the Comedy Carpet, an 2,200m² granite typographical pavement made up of jokes, songs and catchphrases of comedians and writers which will be permanently installed on the new promenade in front of Blackpool Tower.

Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up over the years strong and fruitful relationships with a diverse range of people from architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers to foresters, cyclists, librarians, climbers, ornithologists, historians and code breakers.

Public art is not only about ideas and concepts, it is also about delivering on time, in budget and of the highest quality. Gordon has a close and committed team of artists and producers and together they have a proven track record in realising ambitious projects of the highest quality within given timescales and budgets.

Contact
info@gordonyoung.net
Telephone +44 (0)14 5825 2529
Fax +44 (0)14 5825 2529

Exhibitions
— Writing and Object, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, 2014
— Aesthetics City, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2013
— Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, 2012
— Useful Contraventions, Siemans Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, 2009

Awards
— Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, 2012
— Designs of the Year Award nomination for Comedy Carpet, Design Museum, 2012
— Blackpool Civic Trust; merit award for Comedy Carpet, 2012
— Grand Prix for Comedy Carpet, Tokyo Type Directors Club, 2012
— Designs of the Year Award nomination for Crawley Library, Design Museum, 2010
— RIBA Award for Crawley library with Penoyre & Prasad, 2010
— Blackpool Civic Trust; merit award for Climbing Towers & Bouldering Wall, 2007
— Language stone award, 2006
— Grand Prix, Tokyo Type Directors, (First Prize) for Flock of Words, Morecambe, 2003
— Art for Architecture Award, Royal Society of Arts, 2001
— Civic Trust Commendation and Street Design Award for Eric Area, Morecambe, 2000
— Civic Trust Commendation, 1998
— Street Design Award, Royal Town Planning Institute, for Loudoun Hall Forecourt, 1998
— Museum of the Year Award with Jersey Heritage Trust For Maritime Museum Jersey, 1998
— Lancaster Civic Society for Stone Jetty, Morecambe, 1996
— Working for Cities Award, British Gas Properties/Arts Council, 1995
— Art for Architecture Award, Royal Society of Arts for Tern Morecambe, 1994
— Hull Civic Society Commendation for Fish Pavement, 1993
— Art in Public Spaces, Northern Electric/Arts Council for Gateshead 1993

Selected Talks & Judging
— University of Westminster, 2013
— Lumen Prize, Treberfydd Foundation, 2012
— EMZIN, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2012
— ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design, talk & workshop, Oporto, Portugal, 2012
— Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, 2012
— Poet in the City, Design Charette, York House, Twickenham, 2012
— RIBA 4×4 making Places: Size Matters! The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2012
— pro funnibono publico lecture, Konstfact University of Arts, Crafts & Design, Stockholm, 2011
— Italian Visual Communication Designer’s Association, Design Per conference, Bologna, 2010
— The School of Architecture, University of Naples, The theatre in the city seminar, 2010
— University College of Falmouth, 2010
— Central St Martins, M.A Narrative Environment, 2010
— Key Speaker, The Angel Symposium, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2009
— Key speaker, City & Art Forum, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, 2009
— Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2008
— Poets In The City, German Gym, Kings Cross, London, 2007
— University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, 2007
— Brunel Academy, Bristol, 2007
— Royal Society of Architects in Wales, annual conference, Cardiff, 2006

Selected Publications
— The Comedy Carpet, Blackpool, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2013
— Lettering Large, Steven Heller & Miro Ilic, Monacelli Press, New York, 2013
— Oversize, Mega Art & Installations, Edited and Published by Viction:ary, Hong Kong, 2013
— 30 Studios by Étapes, Pyramyd Editions, Paris, 2013
— LetterScape, A Global Survey of Typographic Installations by Anna Saccani, Thames & Hudson, 2013
— Typespaces, Basheer Graphic Books, Singapore, 2012
— Por Escrito, 1970-2010 by Richard Deacon, Universidad Publica de Navarra, 2012
— We Never Had A Plan So Nothing Could Go Wrong – Why Not Associates, ggg Books No.104, Tokyo, 2013
— Tokyo TDC, Vol 23, 2012
— Which Way To Go? by Miguel Abellan, Monsa Publications, Barcelona, 2012
— Paranormal Cumbria by Geoff Holder, The History Press, 2012
— Local Heritage, Global Context by John Schofield & Rosy Szymanski, Ashgate Publishing, 2011
— Space & Environmental Graphics, Rikuyosha Publishers, Japan, 2010
— Virtual Typography by Matthias Hillner, AVA Publishing, Switerland, 2009
— Art and Text, Black Dog Publishing, 2009
— City and Art Project, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, 2009
— Creative Island 2 by John Sorrell, Laurence King Publishing, 2009
— Typo: The Beautiful World of Fonts by Fabiola Reyes, Monsa, 2007
— Weird England: Your Travel Guide to England’s Local Legends… by Matt Lake, Sterling Publishing, 2007
— Exploring Border Reivers by P Nixon, 2007
— England in Particular by Sue Clifford & Angela King, hodder & stoughton, 2006
— Artists and Public Space, Black Dog Publishing, 2005
— Why Not 2 published by Thames and Hudson, 2004
— People Making Places: Imagination in the Public Realm, published by Public Arts, 2004
— Tokyo Type Director’s Annual, 2003
— Art, Space and the City by Malcolm Miles, Routledge, 1997
— Celebrating Local Distinctiveness, Common Ground for Rural Action, 1994

Selected Articles
— Plus Eighty One, Typographic Art issue,Vol.59, Tokyo, Spring, 2013
— Interni, no.4, Milan, April, 2013
— Novum Magazine, Munich, December, 2012
— Pen, Tokyo, October, 2012
— tapes: Design and Visual Culture, Paris, August, 2012
— Le Courrier du Bois, Belgium, January, 2011
— Creative Review, October, 2011
— Area, No.111, Florence, July/August, 2010
— Creative Review, March, 2009
— M.E. magazine, Milan, September, 2009
— Artlab, Milan, September, 2009
— Letter Arts Review, USA, Spring, 2008
— Summit: 49, British Mountaineering Council, Spring, 2008
— Landscape magazine, February, 2007
— Creative Review, May, 2007
— Wallpaper, August, 2007
— iSh magazine, Singapore, 2007
— Concept magazine, Jakarta, 2007
— Creative Review, April, 2006
— Touchstone, September, 2006
— Etapes: international, September, 2006
— Creative Review, May, 2005
— Disegno Industriale, October, 2005
— Creative Review, April, 2003
— Domus, December, 2003
— Art and Architecture, issue no.59, 2003
— Eye magazine, Autumn, 2002
— Creative Review, September, 2002
— Crafts magazine, January, 2000
— Livewire, August, 2000
— Druk, Netherlands, Autumn, 2000