Approved: 16.08.2006

Ben Jones

Artist, Curator, Writer, Researcher, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an artist, curator, writer and PhD researcher interested in collaborative and collective practice using web-based work, video, drawing and animation to examine how digital media can act as a place for discussion and debate to enable collective action within communities. My artistic and curatorial practice deals with how the reality we live in is constructed by media, where there are many different

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  • Location: Gateshead, North East
  • Activities: Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating, Gallery education, Project management, Evaluation, Web development, Film-making, Photographic documentation
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Education project, Film & Video, Participatory, Research
 
 

Biography

I am an artist, curator, writer and PhD researcher interested in collaborative and collective practice using web-based work, video, drawing and animation to examine how digital media can act as a place for discussion and debate to enable collective action within communities. My artistic and curatorial practice deals with how the reality we live in is constructed by media, where there are many different beliefs, which can be accepted, rejected or modified. I am interested in the disintegration of traditional social discussion and debate (counter/ public spheres), due to media saturation, and how it now manifest's itself in many new and technological ways. I have exhibited, curated projects locally, nationally and internationally gaining commissions as well as working with communities and in schools on socially engaged projects. I have worked for a variety of different organisations from an artist run studio and gallery to a large contemporary gallery in a number of different roles.

CV & Education

Education                                                                                                                                

2010-2014          Ph.D. School of Art & Cultures, Newcastle University

2007-2008          M.A. Curating, University of Sunderland (distinction)

2001-2003          MFA Fine Art, Newcastle University (pass)

1995-1998           B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Coventry University (2.1)

 

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

Spence Watson Archive Project, Gatehsead, curatorial project, 2014 onwards

Muted Distortions, (collaborative work with Paul Buchanan), metamatic:taf, Athen, 2013,

 31 Proposals, Bibliophile, Spike Island Artists' Book and Zine Fair, 2011

Agitprop, Project Space Eleven, Plymouth, 2010

31 Proposals’, James & Jones, online, 2009

You Shall Know Our Velocity, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2006

Immediate 3, Site Gallery, Sheffield, Digital Commission and Group Show, 2005

 

Professional Position

Director, Dot to Dot Active Arts, 2013 - present http://www.dottodotactivearts.org/

Freelance Artist, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2008- present

 

Selected Training                                                                                                           

2013              Level 1, Safeguarding Children and Young People Training,  Dot to Dot Active Arts

2011              Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education,  Newcastle University 

2011              Postgraduate Certificate Research Training, Newcastle University

2011              Working with young people with learning disabilities; Arts Choice, February

2010              Arts Award Bronze/Silver Adviser Training, Trinity College, London

2009              Deaf Awareness Training, Newcastle College (26 Aug 2009)

2009              Artists working in Participatory Arts, Helix Arts, Northumbria University

 

Publications                                                                                                                      

Bitton J, Cavaco A, Gaye L, Jones B, Mearns G, Richardson R, Tanaka A, 2012, Situating Community through Creative Technologies and Practice, AHRC Connected Communities, http://side-creative.ncl.ac.uk/communities/book-united-we-act/

 

Selected Conference Papers                                                                                                  

Jones, B (2013 ‘Sustainability, community action and social media (what if no one turns up…?)’ at Sustainable North, N8, Biospheric Foundation, University of Manchester, 30 October

Jones, B (2012) ‘The potential for socially engaged digital art as a grassroots medium’ at Participation and Engagement in the Arts, Leeds University at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 26 June

Jones, B (2012) ‘Possibilities for social engagement in shifting cultural contexts’ at North East Photography Network Annual conference at the Mining Institute, Newcastle, 18 May

Jones, B, (2011) ‘Community, Social Networking and Participatory Art’ at New Media and Academia: Public Engagement Training for PGRs at Northumbria University, 10 May

 

Selected Teaching Experience                                                                                                 

Northumbria University, MA Art & Education students, developing artwork around freethinking, (2013)

NHTV, Breda, Holland Interactivity students, developing creative ideas around ‘place’ (2012)

Northumbria and Durham University, PGCE Art & English, creating digital work on about the Oriental Museum, Durham collection (2009)

Northumbria and Newcastle University PGCE Art & Geography, developing work based on the enquiry pedagogy, ‘Mantle of the Expert’ at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2009)

Northumbria University, MA Art & Education students, blogs as a reflective tool,  BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2009)

 

Selected Work Experience                                                                                                      

2011                            PhD researcher, SiDE, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, ‘Situating Community through Creative Technologies and Practice’  http://side-creative.ncl.ac.uk/communities/

April-Oct 2010            Shadow Curator Internship, Deveron Arts, Huntly Aberdeenshire

2008-2009                  Project Manager/Research Assistant, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead