Approved: 28.10.2020

Ashley Baldwin-Smith

Artist, Digital designer, Maker

Approved: 28.10.2020

I am a multi-disciplinary artist, using sculpture, found objects, photography, paint and digital media to highlight both environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability. Much of my work focuses on habits of the 'throwaway society' and how an addiction to instant gratification and consumerism is linked to global warming, extinction and pollution. This includes researching the human condition how it relates to the lack of awareness and respect for others is not environmentally sustainable or conducive to building of healthy societies.

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Artist Statement

I am a multi-disciplinary artist, using sculpture, found objects, photography, paint and digital media to highlight both environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability. Much of my work focuses on habits of the 'throwaway society' and how an addiction to instant gratification and consumerism is linked to global warming, extinction and pollution. This includes researching the human condition how it relates to the lack of awareness and respect for others is not environmentally sustainable or conducive to building of healthy societies.

An important part of my methodology is to document my local environment through walks including, photographing and collecting materials and found objects. However, my practice is backed up by researching and collating theoretical, scientific and media articles and data relating to both environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability. This documenting and collecting, informs and inspires what medium and platform I choose to visualise a single or multiple part artwork. Recently, I have created and reinterpreted work for both the physical and virtual worlds and therefore, reach a much wider and varied audience.

CV & Education

Education
2020 MA Fine Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
1998 NVQ 4 Programming, Cambridge
1997 BA Fine Art,  Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
1987 City & Guilds, Engineering, Fabrication and Welding, Cambridge

Exhibitions
2020 North Cambridge Academy (permenant exhibition)
2020 Sustainability Art Prize, exhibition
2020 Transition (online)
2019 Cambridge Seen (Rowan Charity), Cambridge
2013 Sculpture at Coughton Court & Gardens
2013 Sculpture in the Vineyard, Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath, Oxon
2013 Paintings in CAMaraderie II, Williams Art, Cambridge
2012 Sculpture and Plants, Hall Farm, Harpswell, Lincolnshire
2012 Sculpture at Kingham Lodge
2011 Sculpture in the Sanctuary
2010 Haddenham Gallery Sculpture Garden
2010 Self-Portrait in CAMaraderie, Cambridge Arts Movement, Cambridge
2010 CAMrelief, Cambridge Arts Movement, Williams Arts, Cambridge
2009 Landscapes,Williams Art, Cambridge
2008 Abstracts, Williams Art, Cambridge
2000 Tracks Studio Spring Exhibition, Cambridge
1999 Tracks Studio Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge
1999 Tracks Studio Summer Exhibition, Cambridge
1999 Parkside School Sculpture Exhibition, Cambridge
1999 Tracks Studio Spring Exhibition, Cambridge
1998 Open Studios as a founding member of Tracks Studio, Cambridge
1997 Langham Glass, Cambridge
1997 Chilford Hall Sculpture Exhibition, Linton
1996 Institute for Astronomy, Cambridge
1996 Addenbrooke's Hospital Sculpture Exhibition, Cambridge
1996 Live Painting Performance (8' x 4'), Christ's Peace, Cambridge

Solo Shows
2011 Lost & Foundry 2, Williams Art, Cambridge
2011 Lost & Foundry, Williams Art, Cambridge
2010 The Fens, Dawn Till Dusk, Cazimir Cafe, Kings Street, Cambridge

Commissions
2019 Landscape, Vice President of Uganda
2019 Landscape, Minister, Uganda
2019 Mural, Horizon Resource Centre, Cambridge
2011 Sculpture Commission, Wetherspoons, The Hippodrome, March
2011 Fenland Landscapes, Burwell House (two permanent paintings)

Achievements
2020 Sustainability Art Prize, exhibition
2018 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire interview, Fenland Art
2017 David Miller Architects website, Won “Best Overall” site and “Best Use of Technology”

2011 Featured in Cambridge Aspects magazine
2001 Double-spread feature in Cambridge Evening News
1997 Runner-up, Heraeus Noblelight Award, Cambridge Science Park