About

We are Local, National and truly International

Route Canal Arts is community artist and entrepreneur Simon Tipping, focusing on art in business, educational and family learning settings. Over the past 35 years Simon has worked regularly and extensively across business, schools and communities in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, London, Northamptonshire, and Somerset as a freelance artist, in partnership with other fellow artists or Arts organizations or as Route Canal Arts.

Route canal arts is a specialist in the Outdoor arts of carnival, carnival costumes, light installations, lantern parades using sustainable and recycled materials. From: making to workshops, fundraising to event management, skill share to training, young and old, businesses to schools & colleges.

The Covid Midnight Robber

The Covid Midnight Robber commissioned by Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium and EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network) A 2020 Lockdown project.

The Midnight Robber” a traditional “Bad Man” character in Trinidad Carnival who dresses in all black decorated with skulls. He is known for his long eloquent speeches as the Carnival griot or storyteller.

Simon Tipping is an outstanding UK carnival artist who has been working closely with Northampton Carnival and Emccan. He specialises in using natural materials and making excellent, environmentally friendly artistic creations. His costumes are amazing and have been part of the Emccan lockdown commissions, window displays and performances between lockdown. He has a long track record in carnival arts and is very well respected around the UK. He presented at the Greener Carnival Conference in March 2020 prior to the first lockdown, in Bristol.

Donna Fox, Director – EMCCAN