Judith AlderArtist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Researcher
Are we entering a new scientific age in which immortality might actually become a reality? Would we really want to live for ever? What difference would it make if we never died? These are some of the questions which I’m asking as part of The New Immortals project which sets out to explore man’s ongoing quest for immortality.
In an age when scientists can create, manipulate, alter and sustain life to an extent once unimaginable, I'm exploring man’s ongoing quest for immortality, from the historic search for eternal life through religion, alchemy, magic and medicine, to the modern miracles of contemporary biomedical science.
I've been asking: Could indefinite human life become a reality? Would we really want to live forever? and What difference would it make if we never died?
Through conversations with scientists, clinicians, philosophers, ethicists, artists, curators and the public, I'm exploring notions of life and death, mortality and immortality and the way we think about these ideas in our new age of scientific miracles.
My work as an artist is driven by a desire to understand things better; looking and learning, turning things upside down and inside out, trying to make sense of the concerns, contradictions and conflicts of life. My work is often realised as installations built up around a central object, image or theme, incorporating “props” such as artist’s books, photographs, texts, video and drawings, and animated by sound and light from e.g. projections, electric fans, water pumps, music.
As a new extension of my artistic practice, I have curated an exhibition, The New Immortals, which has included work by other artists in this installation format.
- 2016 Collidescope: Brighton Festival artist development residency.
- 2016 The New Immortals (What Difference Would It Make If We Never Died?) - a curatorial research project and exhibition at Phoenix Brighton, publicly funded by a Grant for the Arts from The National Lottery through Arts Council England
- Director, Blue Monkey Network, an artists' network based at Towner, Eastbourne
- Visiting Lecturer - BA Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton
One and two person exhibitions
- 2013 Curiouser & Curiouser, an installation in the artist's home, Eastbourne
- 2012 The Visitor, a collaboration with Clare Whistler, Eastbourne Redoubt, Eastbourne
- 2011 Cafe Project, Towner, Eastbourne
- 2011 Touch and Tell, a two person exhibition with artist Solveigh Goett, at The Freud Museum, London
- 2010 Wanderings , The Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
- 2007 Work from The Discovery Room, Canterbury Christchurch University, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham
- 2006 Work from The Discovery Room, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer
- 2004 The Discovery Room, The Casson Gallery, Eastbourne College, Eastbourne
Group exhibitions, curated projects and residencies
- Prescriptions: an exhibition of artists’ books by Martha A. Hall and other artists at Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury
- Myths & Miracles, illustrated talk at Phoenix Brighton
- Human Nature, curated exhibition of moving image work, Curious Projects, Eastbourne
- The New Immortals, research project supported by a Grant for the Arts
- Thinking Drawing, Curious Projects Gallery, The Labyrinth, Eastbourne
- Artists' Books, Riverside Gallery, Richmond
- The New Immortals: A discussion with tea event. Phoenix Brighton
- Space Interrupted, ESPS, St Leonards, Hastings
- Shared Space, a Blue Monkey Network developmental residency at Eastbourne College
- Telling Stories #2, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
- Open Exhibition 2013: Drawing, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
- Playing with Shadows, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
- Art in Boxes, Linchpin Gallery, Eastbourne
- The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, mac birmingham, Birmingham
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- Dis-location: OFF ON OFF, 37d Robertson Street, Hastings
- On the Map, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings
- The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Jerwood Space, London then touring to venues across the UK.
- Dis-location: Display Only, 186 Seaside Road, Eastbourne
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- Orientation, Printers, Eastbourne
- Lines of Communication, an experimental project with Clare Whistler
- Conversations, an artists’ residency at Canterbury Christchurch University working with a Speech and Language therapy student
- East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
- i swore i sore, CCW MA Interim show, The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London
- CCW MA Salon, Auto Italia, Peckham
- CIRCUMNAVIGATION, The Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Eastbourne (co-Curator, Project Manager and exhibiting artist)
- Location, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
- Small Things, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
- Breaking Ground, a year long collaborative project with a series of residencies including
- Gone To Earth, Crate Project Space, Margate
- Outside In, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
- Under Ground, Pine Gallery, Hastings
- Printmaking at the University of Brighton
- Allotmenta, Tenantry Down Allotments, Brighton
- Books as Art: Contemporary Artists' Books, West Dean College, West Sussex
- City Running, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
- Watch This Space, Phoenix Arts, Brighton
2012 Alternative Anatomies, Canterbury Christchurch University, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham Campus Projects
2009 Micro-mapping Towner, a commissioned intervention for Towner, Eastbourne
2014 - present
- Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton
- Panelist, Matt Roberts Arts, Open Forum
2009 Director, Eastbourne Festival
2005-6 Art Plus Development Award Winner, Arts Council England and SEEDA
2003 Co-founder Blue Monkey Studio
Work in collections including West Dean College, Eastbourne College, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent Special Collections.
Qualifications and training
- 2010 MA Fine Art, University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art
- 2003 BA Fine Art Printmaking (first class), University of Brighton, Brighton
Very excited to have been selected for Brighton Festival's artist development residency Collidescope ...
Prescriptions: an exhibition of artists’ books by Martha A. Hall and other artists. Organised by the ...
My Kickstarter campaign for The New Immortals is up and running. I'm hoping to raise £2500 to help support ...
Great news - I have been awarded a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England to enable me to put on ...
I'm working on a new video and series of folded books featuring excerpts from conversations from New ...
I am delighted to say that I have been awarded a grant from The Artists Benevolent Fund to enable me ...
New website and blog for The New Immortals project at http://thenewimmortals.net/
I will be taking part in Blue Monkey Network's Shared Space residency from 7th to 19th July 2014.
A project exploring the quest for immortality in an age of scientific miracles. Culminating in an exhibition ...
An exhibition of work by myself and nine invited artists exploring immortality in an age of scientific ...
A rare opportunity to visit the Blue Monkey shared workspace, meet the artists and guests, see their ...
A curated show of moving image work. Featuring Judith Alder, Simon Barker, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Adrianna ...
An illustrated talk in which Judith presents a selection of myths and miracles, from past and present ...
An exhibition of working drawings by artists, contemporary craftspeople and designers who use drawing ...
To coincide with Richmond's annual literature festival, this exhibition showcases contemporary artists’ ...
An afternoon of readings, film clips, music, tea and conversation. Discussing immortality in an age of ...
Installations created by four artists interrupting, disturbing or upsetting a sense of place.
|Location||Eastbourne, South East|
|Activities||Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Curating, Studio practice|
|Artforms / type of project||Curatorial project, Book Works, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation|
|Tags||life, death, immortality, forever, miracle, science, medicine, research, collaboration, life|