Allan Smith Antique Clocks Lauded by Artists – ‘Working Beautifully’



Two digital artists have feautured Allan Smith Antique Clocks in ‘Working Beautifully’, their visual archive of twenty-first century workers at one hundred Swindon firms. The exhibition opens in Swindon on 20 May 2013 and is now online.

With a nod towards August Sander’s collection “People of The Twentieth Century” which has been in print for nearly a century, the artists – photographer Nigel Hudson and painter Timothy Cumming – collaborated for over a year to produce a portfolio of over seven hundred digital and mixed media paintings and composite photographs. The works visualise the activity, trades and people of 100 businesses in Swindon.

“We chose Allan Smith Antique Clocks because of its tenacious performance over the recession – they’ve adapted beautifully”, says Cumming.

“We’ve tried to convey the beauty of Allan Smith Antique Clocks, its people and showroom – the moonphase clock faces and their atmosphere of concentration. But we also observed the unique human approach they have there and a sense of their natural pride” says co-artist Hudson.

“To us, it seems that the full British workplace story needs a fuller telling” adds Cumming.

“Slowly, the country’s on the rise, so we wanted to immerse ourselves in the contemporary look of work, its effort and its spirit. And Allan Smith Antique Clocks demonstrates that admirably. Each of the 100 firms we’ve selected has shown the grit and guts necessary to thrive, even in a tricky economic climate. Worries about a triple-dip recession simply do not match the attitude or prosperity that we witness in these firms.”

Working Beautifully features over seven hundred original digital paintings and photographic composites created by Hudson and Cumming over the last twelve months. The images take a glimpse behind the scenes of the some of the South West’s largest and smallest firms. Subjects range from the small – The Sewing Shop, Hatch Engineering and the Magic Kebab House, through to the large – technicians, administrators, managers and support staff of BMW, Nokia Siemens, Intel and Nationwide for example. All images of Allan Smith Antique Clocks can all be found at

Local MP Justin Tomlinson says “The vitality of UK firms is championed by Swindon”. The town has the highest Gross Value Added (GVA) per head in the South West, and the fourth highest GVA per hour in the UK, proving an impressive level of workforce productivity*.

All one hundred firms are featured on a 25 metre ‘tapestry’ created especially for this landmark show. One painting by Cumming and one photographic composite by Hudson will represent each firm. The artists and representatives of the firms, including Allan Smith Antique Clocks, will present the tapestry to Swindon Borough Council after the show.

About the show
The show runs from Monday the 20th-26th of May inclusive at the Brunel Centre in Swindon.
Press event on 20 May 10-11am where Allan Smith Antique Clocks workers, and entrepreneurs and artists will be available for interview at the First Floor Plaza, Brunel Centre in Swindon
Private view on 20 May at 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tapestry donation press event is 28 May, 9.30am, where Allan Smith Antique Clocks will participate in the donation of the tapestry to Forward Swindon at the First Floor Plaza, Brunel Centre in Swindon
Allan Smith Antique Clocks spokesperson is available for interview – please email to arrange

The artists are available for interview by booking with Hunter Williams on 01380 721 944 or Eleanor or Sue on 01793 608708.


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