On Open Day KS3 pupils had the opportunity to participate in a practical painting workshop led by Dr Tom Cardwell. For his workshop at school the pupils investigated new ways of representing the theme of ‘still life and produced a series of stunning, collaborative paintings that reinterpreted images from contemporary visual culture. Tom is a senior lecturer at Wimbledon College of Art and a recent graduate of the University of the Arts London (UAL). In 2017, he completed his practice-based PhD in painting and his doctoral thesis ‘Still life and Death Metal: painting the battle jacket’ where he employed painting practice to examine the customised jackets made by heavy metal fans. His research has been published in several academic journals and he recently presented elements of his work at the conference: ‘Teaching Painting; Painting the New’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His own meticulous and highly detailed paintings have been exhibited widely and in these images Tom has explored themes connected to Dutch still life painting of the Golden Age, subcultural symbolism and expressions of personal narrative and identity in popular image traditions. In 2020 a book based upon his research will be published.