Approved: 02.10.2007

Alice Forward

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Event organiser, Film-maker

Approved: 02.10.2007

Forms of map-making play an important part in my practice, which essentially centres around ambiguities in human perceptions of wildness and wilderness in both the urban and pastoral environments. The history and symbolism of power in both the personal and public arenas are also recurrent preoccupations, explored minutely through a wide range of media, methods and locations.

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    Biography

    Forms of map-making play an important part in my practice, which essentially centres around ambiguities in human perceptions of wildness and wilderness in both the urban and pastoral environments. The history and symbolism of power in both the personal and public arenas are also recurrent preoccupations, explored minutely through a wide range of media, methods and locations.

    Most recent pre-occupations are with swarm theory, and the conflicting dialogues between urban and rural experience. Having just returned from a residency first at Arteli Ratcha in rural Georgian Republic and then its capitol Tbilisi, work on a collaboration film project with Louise Short, and the curation of Capel Bethel's first exhibition (opening April 2019) at Troedrhiwsebon in West Wales continues. 

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2007 - MA Fine Art with Distinction, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales

    1980s - Documentary Film Training, BBC Ealing Studios, London

    1970s - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Hornsey School of Art (Middlesex University), London

               - University Matriculation, St Katheriines High School, Johannesburg

    • Solo exhibitions

    2014 - Swarm Society, Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

    2010 - BEE LINES, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Gloucestershire, UK

    2006 - Regeneracion, Biblioteca Nacional de Tunal, Bogota , Colombia

    • Group exhibitions

    2018 - Gathering, UK/Georgian artists at Ambrolauri State Museum and Tbilisi History Museum, Republic of Georgia.  2016 - The Drawing Book Show, University of Carmarthen. 2015 - Griffin Gallery Open, London. Conte Drawing Prize finalist. Short&Forward at BV Open 2015, Bristol UK.  Excerpt From a Library of Cast Objects, New British Art, Cylhrynys, as part of the 2015 National Eisteddfod, Wales, UK -  Apiculture:The Art of Pollination, Peninsula Gallery, Plymouth, UK 2013 - Sweet Dreams, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucestershire, UK. 2012 - Boar Skull Vanitas, Short&Forward collaborative filmwork screened at Geneva Projects Film Festival, Bristol. 2012 - Art&theBee, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon. 2011 - Marmite Prize for Painting finalist, Central Art Gallery/Lanchester Gallery/The Nunnery, Tameside/Coventry/London, UK. 2010 - Lines of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales, UK 2010 - Super8Station Film Festival, ARNOLFINI, Bristol, UK 2009 - AiM International Biennale, Cyber Park, Marrakech, Morocco 2009 - Curatorial Contrasts, BAYART gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK. 2009 - The Darbyshire Award (winner), Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK 2007 - Cardiff Fine Art MA Show, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, UK 2007 - Very Important Products, CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol, UK 2006 - Venice Bienal de Bogota, Barrio de Venice, Bogota, Colombia 2005 - The Marconi Project, Site-ations International 2005-6 (Artists Projects), Flat Holm Island, Bristol Channel, UK 2004 - From The Ground Up, Old Brewery Galleries, Brick Lane, London, UK. 2003 - Fossil Fuel, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK

    • Live/Performance

    2011 - SUPER8STATION Film Festival, live film accompaniment at ARNOLFINI, Bristol, UK  - 2010 - The Bristol Beehive Inaugural Walk, public participatory event, Arnolfini Gallery to Windmill Hill, Bedminster, Bristol, UK 2007 - Being Bird, Resound Art/Radio Sonic Art Conference, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Gloucestershire, UK

    • Artist talks

    2014 - Bees in Art, lecture at Ceredigion Museum offsite gallery, Aberystwyth  - 2011 - Artist's Presentation, Cortijada de Los Gazquez, Andalucia, Spain 2010 - In Conversation with Tom Trevor (director of ARNOLFINI GalleryBristol), SVA , Stroud, UK 2009 - Artist's Presentation, Cortijada de Los Gazquez,  Andalucia, Spain - AiM Report, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, UK - 2006 - Invasion, Presentation, Biblioteca Nacional Central, Bogota, Colombia

    • Workshops

    2017 - The Treehouse Project - 8 weeks sculpture workshop with 7-11yrs at Newbridge on Wye CIW School. 2014 - Swarmbuilding, schools workshop at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, UK - 2009 - Drawing in the Dark I , STATION and Spike Island, as part of The Bristol Drawing Exchange Project, Bristol, UK - 2009 - Drawing in the Dark II, St John's Crypt, public drawing project, Bristol,UK

    • Residencies

    2018 - Arteli Ratcha residency involving six Georgian artists and six UK artists in rural Racha district of the Republic of Georgia, followed by a sojourn in Tbilisi and 

    2015 - Popty Bach 2015, South African and Welsh collaborative residency, Oriel Q Offsite, Pembrokeshire  -

    2011 - Joya Artists Residency Part II, Cortijada de Los Gazquez, Andalucia, Spain 

    2009 - Joya Artists Residency Part I, Cortijada de Los Gazquez, Andalucia, Spain

    2006 - Wales Arts International residency in Bogota, Colombia 

    2005 - The Flat Holm Project, as part of Site-ations International 2005/6, Flat Holm Island, Bristol Channel, UK

    • Private commissions

    2016/7 - Grimaldi's Lunch, plasterwork ceiling, Short&Forward collaborative piece, Venice, Italy - 2009 - AliasArtCamp 2009, documentary film commission for Artist-Led Initiative Advisory Service , South West England, UK 2008 - a momentary: film with Louise Short, Tblisi Film Festival at The Cube Cinema, Bristol, UK 2008 - CLIMB, film commission , Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and Forestry Commission, Coleford, Gloucestershire, UK Public commissions 2005 - Ghost, sculpture installation, Cardiff Parks, Roath Park, Cardiff, UK

    • Projects

    2016 - 2019 and on

    ~ Dai and Nancy, collaborative Short&Forward film project in the Rheidol Valley

    ~ Troedrhiwsebon/ Capel Bethel International Artists and Writers Residency Project in  Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth

    ~ Capel Bethel events organisation

    2012 -2014 The Short&Forward MOBILE STUDIO Project: UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal 2011 - Beelines on Windmill Hill, Windmill Hill, Bristol, UK

    • Publications

    Gathering, catalogue, Tbilisi History Museum publication, 2018.  Lines of Desire, catalogue, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2010 - Marmite Prize for Painting 2010, catalogue, Susak Press,London  2010 - International Journal of Nautical Archeology, review, vol.39, issue 2, Blackwell Publishing, London  2009 - International Journal of Nautical Archeology, review, vol.38, issue1, Blackwell Publishing, London 2006 - Sense in Place, Site-ations International 2005-6, catalogue, University of Wales, Cardiff