Artist John Dyer is famous for his involvement as the artist in residence for the Falmouth Tall Ships Races in 1998, 2008, 2014 and beyond including the Classics -Tall Ships in Monaco and the Tall Ships in London. In 1998 John Dyer was appointed as the artist in residence for the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races and created an exhibition of new paintings and the official image and limited edition print for the races featuring the race branding.
“Over 300 people queued to get into John Dyer's exhibition opening, we gave people the option of the lift or the stairs, and then the race was on! We have never experienced anything quite like it!” National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
In 2008 the artist was again appointed as the artist in residence for the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta and held an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and again created the image for the official race guide and the limited edition print. The artist also inspired hundreds of children to create their own tall ships art and exhibited this alongside his own in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
In 2014 John Dyer was again asked to be the artist in residence for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta and created a spectacular exhibition of paintings in the National Maritime Museum and working with director John Frankland launched the BIG Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project with Philip Mould OBE and Kids in Museums funded by the Arts Council to involve thousands of children in art and creative writing.