/ August 2018 Community Arts North West Lizzie's latest commission is a series of window drawings for Community Arts North West in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The designs reflect the organisation's programme and the cultures that it works with, including Polish, Brazilian, Indian, Romanian, Chinese, Iranian and Congolese.
/ June 2018 Postcards for Peace Lizzie has drawn tiles from around the world for Postcards For Peace, a charity promoting unity through creative projects. The postcard includes designs from Morocco, Norway, Peru, Spain, Iran, Britain and Japan to show an exciting mix of patterns from different cultures. The designs will be reproduced by Postcards For Peace for items in their shop.
/ April 2018 Bee in the City Lizzie's designs for Bee in the City, an art trail of decorated bee sculptures in Manchester, have been shortlisted. Her designs will be presented to sponsors for voting, and are inspired by Manchester city and its people, incorporating patterns from Manchester's streets, mill buildings, and diverse communities, as well as elements from the cotton industry and worker bees.
/ March 2018 Fairtrade Fortnight Workshop As part of the Fairtrade Fortnight event at Fearon Hall, Loughborough, Lizzie has held a drop-in workshop for making 3D patterned teapots. The workshop was in conjunction with Charnwood Chai, a group who encourage cross cultural dialogue over cups of tea. The event was well attended and included a fairtrade cafe, music, art activities and stalls.
/ March 2018 The Friend Ship - Postcard for Peace Lizzie has drawn a Postcard for Peace based on carpet designs. The postcard will be part of an exhibition with The Friend Ship at The Forum in Norwich, starting on 12th March. The postcards will then be given to displaced children in the UK with The Children's Society and shared with refugees in Gaza via Hope and Play. The funds made from the exhibition entries and selling the postcards will go to charities such as Help Refugees.
/ February 2018 Workshop at Loughborough University As part of LSU Action's International Event for children, Lizzie has taught a drop-in workshop at Loughborough University in teacup making. The event celebrated different cultures from around the world, and encouraged children to take part in international activities from language-learning to crafts.
/ January 2018 Art Invaders Zine Lizzie has created covers for a zine, distributed in London. To fit the theme 'bird brain', she has included elements from a bird brain diagram and bird silhouettes, along with patterns from Russia, Turkey, Kenya, Morocco, and India.
/ January 2018 Bee in the City Lizzie is currently working on her design submission for Bee in the City, an art trail of decorated bee sculptures to be held in Manchester later in the year. Her designs are inspired by Manchester city and its people, incorporating patterns from Manchester's streets, mill buildings, and diverse communities, as well as elements from the cotton industry and worker bees.
/ December 2017 Art Invaders Zine Lizzie's latest commission is a cover for a London zine, Art Invaders. The theme is Bird Brain, and the publication will be available in the new year.
/ December 2017 New online shop Make sure you check out the new online shop, showing a selection of the items in stock. More original items are available directly from Lizzie; please use the contact page.
/ November 2017 Charnwood Chai Lizzie's latest commission is for Charnwood Chai, a group that brings people together over cups of tea to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and break down stereotypes. She has included patterns from China, Jamaica, Peru, Britain, Buddhism, South Asia, Kenya, Japan and the Middle East.
/ November 2017 International Postcard Show Lizzie has entered the International Postcard Show, with a design called 'Monsoon'. The Show will be held at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham, 13 January - 10 February 2018.
/ October 2017 Online canal merchandise Keep your eyes peeled on Super Slow Way, who'll be selling their commissioned merchandise online in the near future. The merchandise includes Lizzie's canal-themed colouring poster and postcards, which celebrate the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
/ August 2017 Muqarnas course Lizzie has recently undertaken one-to-one tuition with designer and maker Joachim Tantau. The course involved studying about and creating (the very challenging!) muqarnas, a three dimensional decorative feature of Islamic architecture. The tuition included a history and introduction to muqarnas from different regions, geometric drawing, grid formations, cross sections, and the creation of nets and three dimensional modelling. Watch this space for a future muqarnas project!
/ August 2017 Worksheets for children in India Lizzie has created a ten-page colouring and language worksheet document for children in Gujarat, India, in support of the Bhavnagar Friendship Link, who help charities in that region.
/ August 2017 Workshop at The Whitworth, Manchester As part of The New North and South, a three year programme linking arts organisations in Northern England and South Asia, Lizzie has recently taught a workshop at The Whitworth for families. The workshop entailed creating models of phoenixes and butterflies/moths and decorating them with patterns, inspired by the exhibited art of Raqib Shaw. The event had just under 70 attendees, and resulted in a wonderful collection of models, displaying great creativity.
/ July 2017 Brazil - Colouring Book Lizzie's Mindfulness Colouring Book, a collaboration with Weleda, has been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. The book is available in the country as a limited edition.
/ July 2017 Gift Cards Lizzie has designed four gift cards for Bhavnagar Friendship Link who are based in Leicestershire and raise funds for charities in Gujarat, India. The designs are as follows: South Asian, inspired by patterns from henna Indonesian, based on designs from shadow puppets Central Asian, depicting patterns from traditional Suzani (embroidery) Japanese, inspired by designs from kimonos, Geishas, and paintings The cards are available from Bhavnagar Friendship Link (80p each or 4 for £3), find them on Facebook or drop Liam Stock (Chairman) an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
/ May 2017 Iznik Flowers Lizzie has made three dimensional flowers, with designs inspired by patterns from Iznik tiles. These Turkish delights are currently in stock, and available to buy from the online shop.
/ April 2017 Loughborough Mela 2017 Lizzie has created designs for Loughborough Mela's publicity, drawing upon South Asian patterns for inspiration.
/ April 2017 Islamic Architecture Course To follow her interests in Islamic design, buildings, and social use of space, Lizzie is studying Islamic Architecture through distance learning with The American University in Cairo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Aga Khan Program at Harvard University. The course includes investigating three-dimensional decorative structures and surface patterns, and will feed into her art practice.
/ March 2017 Linocut Workshop Lizzie has recently taken a Linocut Workshop with Kashmir Arts, held at Fearon Hall. The content involved an introduction into linocut printing, practicing with the tools, designing and tracing images, and carving the designs before printing in monochrome. Lizzie's design was inspired by Iznik patterns.
/ February 2017 Iris themed commission For Weleda UK Lizzie has coloured in her iris artwork (one of the designs featured in her limited edition colouring book), to be produced as limited edition prints. The artwork is inspired by the patterns and colours in Italy, where the irises are grown.
/ January 2017 Collaboration with Jimani Collections Lizzie's Kenyan-themed cushion collaboration with Jimani Collections is currently being developed, and will be available in their Spring Collection this year. Watch this space for updates.
/ January 2017 Assam Tea One of Lizzie's recent pieces in stock celebrates India's Assam tea. The vibrant and colourful artwork features tea-dyed paper, decorative projecting hands with henna paste, sari border patterns within a cut-out circle, and tea-themed South Asian designs.
/ December 2016 Limited Edition Prints and Artist Proofs available Lizzie's prints, produced by hand using a Parisian press from the 1800s, are now available for sale. There are only 25 limited edition prints and 5 artist proofs as well as 1 black and gold artist proof, all signed, produced from a traditional etching. For more information, and to order a print, please visit the online shop.
/ November 2016 Commission Lizzie's latest mandala commission has a garden theme, includes three dimensional butterflies, and incorporates patterns from places in Lancashire that are of personal significance to the client. Patterns are from the fireplace and carpet at Samlesbury Hall's parlour, the windows at St James' Church in Burnley, and Gawthorpe Hall's wallpaper in the Long Hall, as well as traditional embroidery styles.
/ November 2016 Christmas at Weleda UK - Packaging design and Christmas Guide Weleda UK's packaging for their Christmas gift range has been designed by Lizzie. Their range of cosmetics are beautifully wrapped in Lizzie's patterns, and are stocked in stores such as Liberty, Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, As Nature Intended, Naturisimo, Waitrose, Ocado, and Amazon.
Lizzie is also featured in Weleda's Christmas Guide 2016.
/ November 2016 Printmaking Lizzie has completed her plate etching to produce a run of limited edition prints, to be available soon.
/ October 2016 Mindfulness Colouring Book - Book Signing & Launch Lizzie's colouring book collaboration with Weleda UK is now available (Limited Edition). The designs reflect the plants used in Weleda's products and their associated cultures. Weleda held a book launch in Derbyshire, where Lizzie took part in book signing and decorated their shop window.
/ October 2016 Colouring Poster for Super Slow Way - Launch at GNCCF The colouring poster commissioned by Super Slow Way, who work with communities along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, has now been launched at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. Lizzie's poster is part of the canal-themed merchandise produced to celebrate the canal's bicentenary, and will soon be available in a number of shops and online through Super Slow Way's website.
/ September 2016 Cushion design for Jimani Collections Lizzie has been working on a Kenyan inspired design for US-based Jimani Collections, who will print the design onto cushions. The cushions will then be part embroidered by women in Kenya, and will be available to buy in shops and online.
/ September 2016 Printmaking Lizzie is part-way through the printmaking process to create a limited edition print. Watch this space for updates about her plate etching.
/ September 2016 Mackintosh Lizzie's latest freehand artwork is inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs and the interiors of the 'House for an Art Lover' in Glasgow.
/ August 2016 Keyrings Once again Lizzie has been experimenting with different materials and exploring the potential of her patterns as surface pattern designs. These delightful elephant and flower keyrings are the result.
/ August 2016 Super Slow Way - Colouring Poster Watch this space for the launch of LL200 Merchandise, celebrating the bicentenary of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Lizzie's commissioned canal-themed colouring poster is part of the exclusive collection.
/ August 2016 Tea Tree Lizzie's interactive tea tree at Trinity Buoy Wharf has been a huge success! Thank you to everyone who took part and added their leaf to the tree.
/ July 2016 Printmaking Tuition The printmaking course is now underway, and Lizzie has been learning about the printing process and etching onto metal plates. Watch this space for further developments as the course continues. Her first doodles are pictured below!
/ July 2016 Emirates - Art of Travel Lizzie has entered the annual Emirates open-call for artists to design the artwork for their membership cards. This year the brief was to tell travel stories through art.
/ July 2016 Tea Tree - The Prize Draw is Open Lizzie's interactive tea tree at Tea Studio in Trinity Buoy Wharf has been so popular, that Tea Studio are running a second round of the associated prize draw! Add your leaf with a message to the tree for a chance to win a £25 tea voucher. Enter here online or by post, and help the tree to grow. Participation ends on August 10th 2016.
/ July 2016 Prints with Dekkle Studios Later this month Lizzie will be taking a printing workshop with Dekkle Studios in Hertfordshire, using traditional printing presses from the 1800s. A limited print run of a single design will hopefully be produced, ready to sell later this year.
/ June 2016 Commission for Super Slow Way Lizzie has drawn a canal-themed design for Super Slow Way, who work with communities along the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Blackburn to Pendle. With family roots in Lancashire, Lizzie was delighted to incorporate not only brightwork’s iconic patterns but elements from the canal route - from the bridge at Burnley Embankment to the tower at Salt’s Mill, from an Islamic design reflecting the local Muslim community to the double arched bridge at East Marton, and from rope and lock painting to cast iron work at Wigan Pier. The poster will be published later this year alongside other commissioned merchandise, producing a range of goods to celebrate the canal's bicentenary.
/ June 2016 Launch of Tea Tree at Tea Studio, Trinity Buoy Wharf Following a successful Private Preview evening, Lizzie's interactive tea tree (see article below) is slowly growing and will continue to sprout leaves throughout the month!
/ May 2016 Tea Tree - Interactive Art Installation Lizzie has created an interactive art installation at Tea Studio, based at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The patterned tea tree, made entirely from paper and card, is a collaborative community piece where people can write a message onto a leaf and add it to the growing tree. The tree also contains three dimensional elements such as tea cups, a tea pot, butterflies, and a cuckoo clock. In addition, there are pouches of loose leaf tea for people to enjoy the aroma and guess which teas they are. The Private Preview evening will be held in early June, when the tree will be unveiled, and the leaves will enter the participants into a prize draw throughout the month of June.
/ May 2016 Commission Lizzie's latest commission has involved combining Iznik designs, observed during a study trip to Istanbul, with patterns from the Alhambra in Spain.
/ April 2016 Pop Up Cards Lizzie has been experimenting with pop up cards, combining paper engineering with her designs and plenty of colour. With thanks to Robert Sabuda for construction directions.
/ April 2016 Weleda Commission Lizzie has completed 12 pieces of artwork for WeledaUK, the UK branch of the multinational organisation that produces natural cosmetics and medicines. The artwork will create a mindfulness colouring therapy book, and will reflect the plants that Weleda uses and the cultures where they are grown. Watch this space for the book's release in September 2016.
/ March 2016 Workshops Lizzie has run art workshops with the Love & Etiquette Foundation in Blackburn, focusing on teaching the art of therapy, design inspiration, and pattern making, culminating in origami work which will be exhibited at Blackburn Is Open/Black Cube Gallery later this year.
/ February 2016 Small is Beautiful Lizzie's latest piece is inspired by an Ottoman table from the V&A's collection, and incorporates Turkish and Iznik designs. The table can be viewed here.
/ January 2016 Commission for WeledaUK Lizzie is currently working on a major commission comprising of 12 pieces of artwork, for WeledaUK, the UK branch of the multinational organisation that produces natural cosmetics and medicines. The artwork will create a mindfulness colouring therapy book, and will reflect the plants that Weleda uses and the cultures where they are grown.
/ January 2016 Project - Three dimensional constructions For a future project, Lizzie has been researching the mocarabe construction in Middle Eastern architecture.
/ December 2015 Geometric Patterns Following tuition in Turkey, Lizzie has been working on geometric constructions using a compass and ruler.
/ November 2015 Yeo Valley Competition Entry Lizzie has entered Yeo Valley's art competition and created a bag design for Glastonbury Festival 2016.
/ November 2015 Iznik Tile Pattern Following the art course in Istanbul, Lizzie has created a freehand construction and drawing based on the Iznik tiles at the Rustem Pasha Mosque.
/ October 2015 Istanbul Art Course To learn about Islamic art and Turkish designs, as well as gaining hands-on experience in geometric and biomorphic drawing, Lizzie has recently taken an intensive art course in Istanbul with Art of Islamic Pattern. The course involved lectures, classroom sessions, site visits, and al fresco drawing classes, as well as an Ebru (marbling) class with a local master craftsman.
/ October 2015 City Hunt, Elephant & Castle Lizzie's latest commission has involved decorating an elephant for a public event, which is to be held later in October in London's Elephant & Castle. The City Hunt will involve participants searching for clues in the street (and on elephants) in order to learn more about the area's history.
/ September 2015 Journey to Morocco In search of further inspiration, Lizzie has travelled around Morocco to observe the patterns of Fes, Meknes, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira, and the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains.
/ August 2015 Surveillance In addition to drawing pure patterns, Lizzie also creates pieces which have symbols drawn into them in order to highlight social issues. Her latest piece addresses the issue of surveillance in Britain.
/ August 2015 Suzani Having visited local art and craft workshops in Uzbekistan, Lizzie's latest piece is inspired by the traditional embroidery work from this fascinating country. The work is called suzani, which involves sewing naturally dyed threads into cotton or silk. Flowers and pomegranates are common motifs, the latter being auspicious and symbolising fertility.
/ August 2015 Commission Lizzie's latest commission for a bellydancer incorporates Ancient Egyptian designs, and is inspired by Ancient Egypt's pottery and beaded collars.
/ July 2015 Uzbek Azure Inspired by her trip to Uzbekistan, Lizzie has created a piece based on the tiled architecture of the country, offering a glimpse of pattern from the Silk Road.
/ June 2015 Twitter Lizzie has joined Twitter - make sure you stay in the loop @LizzieHobbsArt / May 2015 Prints As an exciting development, Lizzie is currently planning to produce a run of prints, which may be available later this year.
/ April 2015 Experiments with Lego Lizzie has recently been experimenting with producing patterns in Lego!
/ February 2015 SOAS Art Society Exhibition Lizzie designed the flyer and exhibited at the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Art Society Exhibition. The event was held in the prestigious Brunei Gallery building in Bloomsbury, and focused on the theme of 'Mapping'.
/ February 2015 New member of Made in Derbyshire Lizzie has joined 'Made in Derbyshire', an organisation that celebrates businesses born in the county.
/ December 2014 Interview with RAW London Click here to read Lizzie's interview with RAW, Natural Born Artists.
/ November 2014 New publication launched! Lizzie has produced her own book, which explores pattern through writing, photography, and artwork. This book looks at personal aspects of pattern from the world she lives in, combining writing and photography with examples of her work where she has translated her surroundings or social issues into patterns. Themes include Uzbekistan, India, dance, Saudi Arabia, and daily life in London. An ideal book for those interested in travel and art, the subtleties of daily life, and social observations. The book can be previewed and purchased here.
/ October 2014 Taking mehndi classes With an interest in patterns and the traditional arts of South Asia and the Middle East, Lizzie has been taking mehndi classes with artist Romina Khanom, to learn about the art of henna.
/ September 2014 SOAS Wall Mural Lizzie has drawn a wall mural for the School of Oriental and African Studies, about tea and coffee. The piece represents different countries that the university studies, and the beverages and traditions within them. There is also a tea cup full of wisdom cards, stemming from the tradition of fortune tea cakes, for students to select.
/ September 2014 Feature in Indian Trumpet Magazine A five-page article has been printed in The Indian Trumpet Magazine, an online publication celebrating Indian cultures, about Lizzie's artwork and pattern inspirations. The article can be read in the online issue from page 58-62.
/ August 2014 Trip to Uzbekistan In search of new inspiration, Lizzie journeyed to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, travelling around the country to learn more about the people, culture, and traditional arts along the Silk Road. Her trip included explorations of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, and was heavily embellished with the fantastic blue tilework and patterns of the local architecture.
/ July 2014 RAW London exhibition Lizzie was chosen to exhibit at RAW's Communique Event in Brick Lane, East London; an evening consisting of artwork in an outdoor gallery, musical performances, film screenings, dance performances, and a fashion show. Members of RAW are also filmed and interviewed, and Lizzie's video can be seen below.
/ June 2014 Selected to join RAW: Natural Born Artists Lizzie has been selected to join RAW, an international creative organisation which works to promote and showcase developing artists.
/ April 2014 Runner-up in national Tigerprint surface pattern design competition Lizzie has won the prize of runner-up in the Tigerprint Surface Pattern Design Competition, which received 1,400 entries. From a shortlist of 85 entries, two of Lizzie's designs were included, before the final results were announced. Tigerprint design cards and greetings products for M&S, and run a monthly design competition. This month the theme was Black & White, which was ideal for Lizzie's contrasting artwork. The winning design and four runners-up can be seen here.
/ April 2014 Rucksack commission Lizzie personalised a rucksack with her designs for a recent commission.
/ March 2014 Member of Global Street Art Lizzie has joined the Global Street Art community and has registered her murals for their Wall Project. The organisation works to promote street artists, and has set up the Walls Project in London to find blank canvases in public areas, for artists to (legally) decorate the city.
/ February 2014 Islamic Art workshop, Prince's School of Traditional Arts Lizzie was introduced to the Islamic arts of Geometry, Islimi, and Calligraphy at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London, in a one-day workshop. The School was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales, and runs hands-on workshops and courses in the traditional arts, including those from the Islamic world.
/ February 2014 Interior design: cushions Developing her surface pattern designs, Lizzie has expanded into interior design with her cushion cover artwork. The styles juxtapose as one is based on mehndi patterns in India, and the other has been influenced by geometrical decoration in the Middle East.
/ January 2014 Charity card design Lizzie has created a gift card design for an Indian charity.
/ January 2014 Fashion design Lizzie has recently created another garment design for a hoodie, alongside a tshirt, by embellishing the fabric with her hand-drawn patterns.
/ December 2013 Wall design A recent commission has involved Lizzie drawing freehand onto a domestic wall.
/ September 2013 Hackney Downs Studios Project A public art exhibition in Hackney will continue into early 2014, which focuses on the topic of boundaries, and includes Lizzie's 4-foot-square piece of artwork. The project is an initiative at Hackney Downs Studios and was recorded by Filmmaker at Large.
/ September 2013 London Design Festival at the V&A Lizzie's designed word about creative London has been chosen to be displayed at the V&A, as part of London Design Festival 2013. Her word ‘Exotic’ reflects some of the cultures which are thriving in London, and each letter has been designed to reflect the scripts from these cultural languages. The freehand piece consists of ‘E’, ‘O’ and ‘I’ which reflect Persian, Urdu and Arabic, and ‘X’, ‘T’ and ‘C’ which reflect Bengali, Tamil and Hindi respectively. The letters have then been filled in with hand drawn Middle Eastern and South Asian patterns. - Click to see the Type Tasting Catalogue (page 11).
/ September 2013 Open Studio, Derbyshire As part of the annual Wirksworth Festival in Derbyshire, Lizzie displayed some of her work at an open studio for the Art and Architecture Trail weekend.
/ August 2013 Stepney City Farm Classroom, East London A project in August has involved Lizzie drawing onto a classroom wall at Stepney City Farm, East London. In the patterns are elements from the farm - butterflies, cabbages, leaves, goats' eyes, donkeys' ears, bees, pigs' snouts, the farm cat's mouth and whiskers, the ruins of the church, and a snail!
/ August 2013 Hackney Downs Studios A small selection of artists' proposals, including Lizzie's, have been chosen in order to create public pieces of artwork for Hackney Downs Studios. The Wall - Boundaries 2013 project will display the large artworks, all of which tackle the theme of barriers and creativity, for 6 months in the Studios courtyard. The creative process is being documented throughout and will include press coverage. The launch and private view of the outdoor exhibition is to be held in late September 2013.
/ June 2013 SOAS Student Union Handbook Lizzie's work has been selected to decorate pages in the Student Union Handbook 2013/14, for the School of Oriental and African Studies. The college, which is part of the University of London, specialises in subjects relating to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
/ May 2013 Wall design A commission in May has involved Lizzie drawing freehand onto a wall using ink.
/ April 2013 International Student House - Art Show Lizzie has won the ISH Art Show Award 2013. Her winning piece was one of twenty-five pieces of artwork selected from over 500 entries, to feature in the Art Exhibition at International Student House. During the Preview Evening, the work was then judged and Lizzie was announced the winner.
/ March 2013 T-shirt and bag designs The versatility of Lizzie's artwork is endless, demonstrated by her t-shirt and bag designs. The patterns have been drawn freehand onto the fabric, creating unique and fashionable items.
/ February 2013 Vogue Magazine feature
/ January 2013 Vogue Magazine Lizzie has been approached by Vogue Magazine to feature on their Wall of Fame in the March 2013 edition.
/ December 2012 Arabia Offscreen - Book Proposal A book is to be produced, which will focus on the expedition to Saudi Arabia (please see news item below). Each artist has been working on their own page within the book, to express their thoughts and views on the trip.
/ December 2012 Wallpaper designs Lizzie has been experimenting with designs for wallpaper, using her patterns in a repeating formation. She successfully created a floral design, balancing decoration with clear space, ideal for feature walls.
/ May 2012 HSBC Exhibition As a result of the Saudi expedition (please see news item below), there were two linked exhibitions at HSBC in Canary Wharf. Second Exhibition – Exhibition featuring a mixture of media, displaying pieces from each participant’s area of specialism, focusing on the theme of pilgrimage. Lizzie's piece has been acquired by HSBC for their private collection.
/ March 2012 British Museum, “Arabia Late” To celebrate the Hajj exhibition at the British Museum, an evening programme named “Arabia Late” featured various activities to embrace Middle Eastern culture. The programme included dance and music performances, henna painting, calligraphy, a prayer-bead making workshop, and talks. Along with a film maker from the Arabia Offscreen expedition, Lizzie gave a talk at “Arabia Late” on her experiences during the trip, to challenge the negative stereotypes associated with the country.
/ February 2012 HSBC Exhibition As a result of the Saudi expedition (please see news item below), there were two linked exhibitions at HSBC in Canary Wharf. First Exhibition – Exhibition of participants’ photographs, showing the rich tapestry of stories they collected whilst there.
/ December 2011 Saudi Arabia Expedition Lizzie won an international art competition, hosted by the Crossway Foundation, a London based social enterprise and education programme. Crossway conducted the expedition to Saudi Arabia, travelling with 10 young artists, photographers and filmmakers, from the UK, Egypt, Malaysia, Qatar and the UAE. The expedition, sponsored by HSBC and Etihad Airways, aimed to show youngsters a country which is rarely seen, and yet misrepresented in the media. Lizzie found it an eye opening expedition which will without a doubt enrich her off-the-beaten-track experiences and future work.