Celebrity stylist Mark Woolley has created a one-of-a-kind artwork to showcase the vibrancy and history of Reading.

The high-profile hairdresser, known for his trendy salons in London, Reading, and Brighton, has aimed to encapsulate "the culture, people, achievements, landmarks and history" in the unique piece that celebrates the spirit of Reading.

Alongside other projects taking place in the town throughout the year, this piece will also mark Electric Hair's - Mark's salon - twentieth anniversary in Reading.

Electric Hair opened on Kings Road in 2004 following the overwhelming success of the Brighton and London branches. 

Mark’s creation goes beyond just a tribute to the town; two original prints have been set aside for charity auctions to benefit Launchpad and No5 - local organisations fighting homelessness and supporting young people.

One print will also go up for auction at this year’s Pride of Reading Awards for a charity chosen by TV personality and broadcaster, Chris Tarrant.

These one-off 'artist proof' prints each bear unique lion emblems, setting them apart from the rest of the run.

In an unexpected twist, it was local legend John Madejski who nabbed one of these during a charity auction on June 27 for a generous £2,500 contribution.

Mark revealed that some of the first three prints were registered and gifted to Helen Waring, owner of Cream Designs, ex-councillor Sally Swift and general manager of The Oracle - Andy Briggs.

Their assistance in conducting research for the project was invaluable, so much so, Mark felt it necessary to extend his gratitude through this unique gesture.

The Yorkshire-born stylist said: "I’ve produced art for as long as I can remember and these collages are a celebration of everything that’s happening within it.

"I think that in all the 20 years I’ve had my business here, I’ve had the best time over the last 12 months meeting all the characters that make up the town."

Continuing to highlight individual contributions to Reading, Mark also mentioned other figures, like Sir John Madejski, for his tremendous business impact, and the dedicated heroes within the council who have committed their lives to the development of the town.

Launchpad’s head of marketing and fundraising, Kirsti Wilson shared her thoughts about the project.

She said: "Homelessness continues to be an issue in Reading and we are seeing a lot more families and professionals coming through our doors because of unlawful evictions and the lack of affordable housing in Reading, so this is a wonderful thing to be included in."

Mark's innovative and appreciative art project continues to help raise funds for these critical charities.

The next launch in aid of No5 is due to take place at Vino.Vita on Wednesday, July 10.

The prints, produced by Tin Dogs Fine Art and created by Mark Woolley, are available to purchase at https://woolley.art/product/legends-of-reading/