Gareth A Hopkins

These pages will be kept updated with forthcoming gallery shows and news on completed artwork.

Pages from my ongoing surreal/abstracted comic 'The Intercorstal' can be found here: The Intercorstal

My deviantart gallery, chock-full of my art, can be found here: grthink

Stories from my (old) walk to and from work can be found here: Trolleys In Odd Places

Monday, 14 September 2020

I Don't Know - EDEN

From the 17th- 23rd September 2020 I'll be in residence at 48 Aberfeldy Street, London, E14 0NU, under the event title 'I Don't Know', which is running as part of Young Blood Initiative's "Wake Up And Smell The Tear Gas" season.

One of the projects I'll be running during this time is 'EDEN'.

The idea is simple: I want you to tell me what Utopia looks like. That could be in the form of a drawing, or a piece of writing, or a photograph, or a poem, or a song, or... whatever you feel comfortable doing.

What I'm hoping to see is what the world looks like if everything's working. Too often we're expected to imagine the next dystopia, and then we get it, or a version of it, and things keep getting worse. So let's imagine our world as we'd like it to be, if only for a moment, and see if we can help edge it along the right way a bit.

Submit whatever you have - it doesn't need to be a masterpiece, it's the idea that's important right now. There'll be a couple of online events associated, details of which I'll share soon - we'll either create more ideas together, or discuss the ones we've already got.

Email me and with what you've got.

I Don't Know - I Don't Know

From the 17th- 23rd September 2020 I'll be in residence at 48 Aberfeldy Street, London, E14 0NU, under the event title 'I Don't Know', which is running as part of Young Blood Initiative's "Wake Up And Smell The Tear Gas" season.

One of the projects I'm inviting people to take part in while I'm there is "I Don't Know". It's similar to my previous open project "No New Ideas" - participants (by which I mean you, dear reader, if you're interested) take the starter image and do whatever you want to it, either physically or digitally. Really, the only difference is that this time instead of challenging you (or liberating you) with the idea that there are 'no new ideas' this time you're being asked about What You Don't Know. 

No rules, just do whatever you want. Here's a link to a high-ish res version of the starter image: DOWNLOAD or save it from this post if you don't mind it getting a bit gnarly along the way.

Email it to me at with any links or details that you want to share with the image, and I'll stick them up here. I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Still from THIS VIDEO by the mysterious Ceiling Wax

Still from THIS VIDEO by madsciencefilms aka James Plumb

One by me

One by my daughter

Another one by me

By Douglas Noble

By Peter Barnard


Saturday, 12 September 2020

"I Don't Know" - updated 14/09/2020

Those of you who know me will know that I'm terrible at planning things. Those of you don't know me will learn that I'm terrible at planning things.


HERE's the updated bit! Basically, what I would have loved to have happen is for me to sit at this location with a stack of srt materials and some hand sanitiser and have people come in, share the space, and make some stuff. But it doesn't look like that's going to be very practical, with the government's Rule Of 6 now in effect. 

People should still come down and see me - I'll be lonely AF for one thing, as well as you'll get to see Peter Barnard's installation in the flesh. But I'm going to move it as online as possible, so people can join me over hangouts or Zoom or whatever. I'll schedule in some specific slots for things like 'Eden' and 'The Pledge' and the new, secret, third idea I've got, but for the most part just turn up and chat or whatever.

I don't know what I'm doing - let's just do something.


I tell you this because in FIVE DAYS time (from today, when I'm writing this) I'll be starting my on-site project "I Don't Know" as part of Young Blood Initiative's "Wake Up And Smell The Tear Gas" season of events.

"Wake Up And Smell The Tear Gas" asks its participants to consider their role as artists, and whether activism and art exist successfully in the same space. I'll fess up: I've found this question really challenging, because I use art to deal with things like The Language Of Comics, Do I Like Ghosts and Let's See What Happens When I Keep Drawing Over And Over The Same place, and not 'WTAF is happening right now, and how do I help?'

"I Don't Know" is a week-long onsite residency that plays to that question. I don't know what I'm doing, I don't know how to help - some of the time I don't know if it's my place to help? Like, I literally don't know anything anymore.

I'll be at 48 Aberfeldy Street, London, E14 0NU from the 17th - 23rd September, inviting people (where appropriate, following whatever the current COVID-19 guidance is) to come in and make some art, talk about their opinions, and see what happens. Right now there are three main projects that I’m inviting people to get involved in:

1) “I Don’t Know” – This will be open for the entire week. It’s very much like my previous project “No New Ideas” but with a new starter image, and instead of challenging people directly with the argument that there are no new ideas, instead this time the question is whether people know what they’re doing.

2) EDEN – It feels to me like everyone’s constantly imagining the next dystopia – The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Years And Years, to name the first three that come to mind – whilst also trying to come up with solutions to problems that are presented singly – Government lockdown, Brexit, Black Lives Matter. But we don’t think what the world might look like when it’s working, what would utopia look like? I don’t know, so I’m inviting people to draw or make that picture, and share it.

3) The Pledge – There’s a meme that I’ve seen on Facebook, a copy&paste declaration of actions that participants are signing up to. They’re pledges for critical thinking, for anti-government control, for faith in science, but they’re also the opposite of those things. I’ll be inviting participants to discuss the pledges, see where they might be correct or incorrect, and work through what we do and don’t know.

That’s generally it, for the moment. I’ll be sharing the details for how to join in online and offline in the very near future. For the time being, I hope you’ll join in somehow, and I’ll see you in a bit.


Sunday, 7 June 2020

'NO NEW IDEAS' Collaborative Project

Here's all you need to do in order to join in:

1. Take the page above, which is from the second section of my graphic novel 'Petrichor'. 
Here's the link to the full version: NO NEW IDEAS 
For those that are working digitally, and might find the original PSD useful, here is : NO NEW IDEAS PSD
2. Do whatever you want to it. Print it out and cut it up, or draw over the top of it, or use it as a texture in a computer game, whatever.
3. The only rule is: Be Brave.
4. Send it back to me at with any social media details that you'd want shared.
5. I'll put a copy here on the blog with your name and your social media details.
6. That's it.

If we get enough of them, I'll bundle them all up into a PDF, and we'll decide what to do with it then. It'd be nice if it could be used to generate some money for a good cause, but we'll put those ambitions behind having fun for the time being.

If you're able to, please send the finished file back to me using the following details. If you don't know how to prep an image to these specifications, that's absolutely not a problem, just send me what you've got.

Dimensions: 21.6 x 30.3cm (2551x3579 pixels)
DPI: 300dpi
Colour: RGB - if you can send CMYK in case we decide to print, that's helpful, but not the end of the world.

My own first attempt at reworking the page

by Hazel R

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Martha Hopkins
Amy Hopkins

Daniel Bristow Bailey
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Jeremy P Bushnell
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Also one half of the two-person remix collective @churchdoorlounger

Nick Bryan
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Steve Thompson
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Jenny Robins
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Jenny Robins
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Sarah Daniels
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Chloe Starling
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Ladenia Jones

Anon Anon

Simon Russel
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Simon Russel
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Michael Orr
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Douglas Noble
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Rosaire Appel
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Tony Esmond
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Piotr Szreniawski
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Gareth A Hopkins
Twitter: @grthink
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Martha Hopkins

Bill Hopkins

Lois Shukes
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Lois Shukes
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Twitter: @is_perfectly

Chris Joseph
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Linus Evans
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Anastasia Marsh
Twitter: @anthal4
Instagram: @anastasia.marsh

Jim Andrews

To see Jim's Aleph Null graphic synthesiser 'chew' on
some of the other submissions to No New Ideas
you can do that here (and I recommend that you do):

David Kjellin

These 6 are by Michael Alexander, but were emailed by CJ Pendragon, so they're both getting listed as creators.
Michael Alexander
Twitter: @MichaelAlexanderPen

CJ Pendragon
Twitter: @CJPendragon

Another by Jim Andrews - if you're able, it's worth zooming in to read the text.

To see Jim's Aleph Null graphic synthesiser 'chew' on 
some of the other submissions to No New Ideas
you can do that here (and I recommend that you do):

Andrew Topel