“Paint My Panda” is a small arts organisation run by artist Claire Rye. She is currently based in Wellington, NZ but we are still operating with great artists in the UK and elsewhere.
You can hire us for murals, community engagement projects, graffiti/street art workshops, events, customisation, signwriting, public art and recycled art projects.
If you would like to discuss an idea with us please get in touch via our contact form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Claire on NZ 0273568212
In the meantime I hope you enjoy browsing the site.
Community engagement art projects made with various groups across the community
Artwork commissioned by individuals and companies
some for fun, some for practise
Claire at Paint my Panda worked on a wall piece as part of the Pocket Places Peckham project for Sustrans the sustainable transport charity. We were very keen to engage the local community in the work so that they had ownership of the environment that was a well used but often dangerous cut through. Claire was fantastic with adults and children alike, helping them to contribute to the artwork in a way that produced a relevant and beautiful final image, she also provided us with a panel of her own work in her inimitable style. I would highly recommend Claire for her warmth and approachability and of course as the talented artist that she is.
Claire builds great rapport with the young people. They get straight down to work, researching designs; then exploring their design skills on t-shirts, baseball caps, canvases and the wall itself. Watermans car park has been transformed as a result, and the designs are always vibrant, colourful and stimulating.
'Claire has been a regular arts facilitator for Feltham Arts for 6 years. Her work for us varies from one off workshops to short residencies. She delivers our school holiday children's arts and crafts programme for children 7-12 years at a number of outreach venues. She has worked in co operation with a range of artists from different disciplines, most recently she worked with a drama teacher to produce a shadow puppet theatre show of The Wizard of Oz. Claire is a very versatile and popular artist with both our partners and the children and young people she provides workshops to. Her ability to transform spaces and places is really magical.
I was lucky enough to meet Claire quite a few years ago and was blown away by her enthusiasm and creativity, both Claire and the other members of GOT have since become a regular feature of our annual youth arts events including the prestigious Juice Festival in Newcastle/Gateshead which is now in its 4th year. Whether its a commissioned piece of artwork or actual engagement and workshops, Claire and her team never fail to deliver!
Claire from Paint my Panda was a real hit at the ‘Our Park Presents’ Community Film Outreach event in August 2014. She was busy for over three hours ensuring that the 100 plus young people (and occasionally their parents) learnt the joys of graffiti art and watched a collective banner being created before them. Nothing was a problem for Claire – she arranged the material to be delivered within the tight-frame we gave her and was personable to everyone she worked with. We found her late in our event planning and she was calm and professional throughout. We’d highly recommend Claire and Paint my Panda for her skills, the fabulous quality of work she helped young people produce and her rapport.
Claire is a consistently reliable, sensitive and inspiring artist. Able to gently encourage and support young people to produce their best work whilst ensuring they have a enjoyable time. She has great ideas and is able to use her extensive knowledge and experience to translate these ideas into reality. I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire for work with young people or larger murals as she has done both of these jobs to a very high standard for us in the past.
Claire first came to our attention at the R C Sherriff Trust, when she was selected as one of the six young artists to show her work in our “Journeys Beginning” Exhibition in 2006. She then went on to be our second Artist-in-Residence at St George’s Church in Esher in 2008, when she concentrated on the theme of light and colour, particularly in stained glass and painted glass bricks. Since then, Claire has been involved in several projects with the Trust, from community lantern processions to summer holiday arts activities for disadvantaged children to a major glass brick installation for our 20th Anniversary in 2013.
Claire works in a variety of media and has a real rapport with children and young people – and she is never short of interesting, creative ideas!
I have known Claire Rye since 2009 and I have used her to work in many different capacities for me over that time. Claire is an excellent artist and has recently transformed "The Isleworth Explorers club" into an exciting child and young person friendly building. Clare works really with all kinds of children and young people, Claire is a really engaging person and an excellent all round artist and it has been my pleasure to work with her.