Approved: 29.12.2008

Judith Alder

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 29.12.2008

For more than fifteen years my practice has formed a process of enquiry - turning things inside out and upside down with a curiosity driven by a desire to understand the world better. At the heart of the work is an exploration of the concerns, contradictions and conflicts of life in an age of scientific and technological miracles.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial, Book Works, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation
  • Tags: life, death, immortality, forever, miracle, science, medicine, research, collaboration, life
 
 
 

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      Biography

      For more than fifteen years my practice has formed a process of enquiry - turning things inside out and upside down with a curiosity driven by a desire to understand the world better. At the heart of the work is an exploration of the concerns, contradictions and conflicts of life in an age of scientific and technological miracles.

      CV & Education

      In an age when scientists can create, manipulate, alter and sustain life to an extent once unimaginable, my recent project The New Immortals has explored man’s ongoing quest for immortality. My research has extended from the historic search for eternal life through religion, alchemy, magic and medicine, to the modern miracles of contemporary biomedical science, prompting the questions: 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've been 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 practice 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 an extension to my artistic practice, The New Immortals culminated in an exhibition which I curated and which included work by nine invited artists.

      Current and most recent work and projects

      • New: COLLECTIVE, I have been commissioned to curate the launch exhibition of a new gallery in Eastbourne opening in October 2016 for the newly formed Devonshire Collective.
      • Ongoing - Director, Blue Monkey Network, an artists' network based at Towner, Eastbourne
      • Ongoing - Visiting Lecturer - BA Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton

      2016

      • Collidescope: I was a participant in Brighton Festival's Collidescope artists' development residency.
      • The New Immortals (What Difference Would It Make If We Never Died?): a curatorial research project and exhibition at Phoenix Brighton which I curated and in which I exhibited my own new work. Publicly funded by a Grant for the Arts from The National Lottery through Arts Council England
      • Prescriptions: exhibiting artist in a curated exhibition of artists’ books at Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

      2015

      • Myths & Miracles, I delivered an illustrated talk at Phoenix Brighton
      • Human Nature, exhibiting artist in a curated exhibition of moving image work, Curious Projects, Eastbourne
      • The New Immortals, research project, R & D supported by a Grant for the Arts

      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

      Selected group exhibitions, curated projects and residencies

      2014

      • 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

      2013

      • 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

      2012

      • 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.

      2011

      • 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

      2010

      • East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne
      • i swore i sore, CCW MA Interim show, The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London

      2009

      • CCW MA Salon, Auto Italia, Peckham
      • CIRCUMNAVIGATION, The Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Eastbourne (co-Curator, Project Manager and exhibiting artist)

      2008

      • Location, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
      • Small Things, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

      2007-8

      • 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

      2006

      • Books as Art: Contemporary Artists' Books, West Dean College, West Sussex
      • City Running, Phoenix Arts, Brighton

      2005

      • Watch This Space, Phoenix Arts, Brighton

      Commissions

      2012 Alternative Anatomies, Canterbury Christchurch University, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham Campus Projects

      2009 Micro-mapping Towner, a commissioned intervention for Towner, Eastbourne

      Other

      2014 Panellist, 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