Approved: 29.10.2014

James Eddy

Artist, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 29.10.2014
 
 

Biography

    The main influence in my life has always been a love of nature and a concern for environmental issues. My experiences, as a countryside ranger and as an artist working in education, have greatly informed my art practice with an understanding of nature and human nature.

     I am also intrigued by the Japanese aesthetic theory of wabi-sabi, especially concerning the concepts of impermanence and change in nature and therefore in everyday human life. 

      One artist who I have always admired, is Costantin Brancusi. I try to create the same natural simplicity in my sculpture, capturing the essence of things in a form of visual poetry. A Japanese concept that conveys this for me is, ‘Mono-no-aware’, which in one way can be defined as a sense of ‘Ah-ness...’.

CV & Education

Selected Commissions & Projects:
       
- 2016                   Arteye sculpture commissions, St. Aubyn Estate. St. Micheals Mount 
- 2016 - present    River of Life sculpture project, The Eden Project & Exeter University    
- 2015                   Ginger Project sculpture commission. Zingiber sirindhorniae ginger species, Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 2015                   Reflex Marine design & seascape painting commission, Truro
- 2015- 2018         Private fish shoal sculpture commission, Perran-ar-worthal, Cornwall
- 2015                   Private stone abstract sculpture commission, Oxford
- 2015                  ‘Gateway to Africa’ Sculpture refurbishment, The Eden Project
- 2013                  ‘Shadow shoal’, private sculpture commission, Mylor, Cornwall
- 2013                   Private sculpture commission, Art-eye consultants. Newquay, Cornwall
- 2013                  ‘Insect Hotel’ sculpture & workshop commission, the Lost Gardens of Heligan
- 2013                  Design & sculpture commissions, Zest architects, Reflex Marine. Truro, Cornwall
- 2013                  Sculpture commission, Inn Gear Ltd, Wetherspoons, Lymington
- 2012                  ‘Salmon Smolt’ Sculpture commission & community workshops, Lochaber       fisheries trust, Kinlochleven Sculpture Trail, Highlands, Scotland            
- 2011-12              Living sculpture commission. Gooseberry Bush Nursery school, Camborne
- 2011                   Hooked restaurant, ‘Fish shoal’ sculpture commission, Truro
- 2011                Cornwall Design Season, container art project, “Cornish Hedge”, Malt design team
- 2011                Installation artist. ‘Art in the city’, Truro, Cornwall
- 2009-10          ‘hi 5’ collective, installation artist, empty shop exhibitions.
- 2009-10          ‘Art in the city’, Truro & St. Austell indoors market, Restormal Arts
- 2008-15          ‘Gateway to Africa’ Sculpture refurbishments, The Eden Project
- 2008                Lead Artist, Flushing Arts Week. Community Sculpture Workshops
- 2008                Sculpture Garden Design & Earthwork Sculpture Commission. Lelant, Cornwall
- 2007-08          ‘Zen courtyard commission’. Marlborough School, Falmouth
- 2006-08          ‘Earthwork Amphitheatre commission’. Kehelland school
- 2005                Gateway Sculpture commission, Padstow primary school, Cornwall
- 2004                Project manager & assistant artist, El Anatsui sculpture commission. Eden Project
- 2004                Assist. artist, sculpture commission. British Waterways & ‘the Public’, W Bromwich
- 1999-05           Assistant artist, working on sculpture commissions & theatre set building.
- 1998 & 1999    Volunteer artist, site specific community projects, Kneehigh theatre, Carn Marth

 

Group Exhibitions:

- 2017     'Penwith Exhibition', Hatch Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset
- 2016      Ankemmyn Collective, The Workhouse, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales
- 2015      Ankemmyn Collective, Lys Kernow, (county hall), Cornwall Council, Truro
- 2015      Ankemmyn Collective, The Fish Factory, Falmouth, Cornwall                                                                                  
- 2015      Representing Cornwall at the 45th Lorient Inter Celtic Festival, Galerie de Faouedic, Brittany, France 

 

Selected Exhibitions and Galleries:

- 2018        Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Spring, Hatch Gallery.  London
- 2017-18       Winter exhibition, Wallford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
- 2017        Gallery artists exhibition, Aubergine Arts, Wimbledon, London
- 2017       'By the sea', Wallford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
- 2017        Fresh Air Sculpture Biennale, Quenington
- 2017       ‘Posiedon’, Aubergine Arts, Wimbledon, London
- 2017        Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Spring, Hatch Gallery.  London
- 2016-17   Winter Associates show, Penwith gallery, St. Ives
- 2016        Tunbridge Wells International Art Fair, Hatch Gallery
- 2016       'Shouting in the wind' exhibition, The Roseland Festival. Collaboration with the ten Roseland Schools
- 2016        International exhibition, Galeria ArT Studio, San Donna di Piave, Venice 
- 2015        Art N'ko, creative boutique, L'Amor Plage, France
- 2015        Gatehouse Gallery, Open Exhibition, Guernsey
- 2015        Open Studios Cornwall, Lelant, St. Ives
- 2015 - present   Create Gallery, Bedruthan Hotel
- 2014         Tremenheere sculpture garden, Penzance
- 2014 - present    Hatch gallery, Christchurch, Dorset
- 2013         ‘Making tracks’ summer exhibition, ONCA gallery, Brighton
- 2013 - present    Totally Abersoch gallery, Abersoch, Wales
- 2013         ‘Prebiennale’ International exhibition, Galeria ArT Studio, Venice
- 2013          Outdoor sculpture exhibition with Amy Lanyon, Lost Gardens of Heligan
- 2013          Omnian Scroll III International exhibition. Brighton, UK
- 2013         ‘STart’ International exhibition, San Donna di Piave, Venice 
- 2013          Omnian Scroll II International exhibition. San Donna di Piave, Venice
- 2012          Falmouth Fine Arts Society exhibition, Lauderdale house, High gate, London
- 2012 - present    Waterside Gallery, St.Ives
- 2011-12      Demelza Gallery, Falmouth
- 2010 - present     Fowey River Gallery, Fowey
- 2010-15      Alverton Gallery, Penzance
- 2007-14      Sea Drift Gallery, Crantock
- 2000-03       Annual exhibitions, The Polytechnic, Falmouth Arts centre

 

Residencies:

- 2018 - present  Shirioni International Residency, Onishi, Japan
- 2013              Artist in residence, National Trust, Godrevy, St. Ives bay
- 2012              Devoran primary school, Cornwall
- 2010-11         Artist in residence, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, Cornwall
- 2007-08         Marlborough primary school, Swanpool, Falmouth
- 2006-08         Kehelland primary school, Camborne
- 2004-06         Roskear primary school, Camborne
- 2000-01         Kehelland primary school, Camborne

 

Selected Workshops & Lectures:

- 2017              Nelson Trust sculpture workshop, Fresh Air biennale, Quenington 
- 2015              Artist’s lecture, Norwich contemporary arts society, the “Curve”, Norwich
- 2013              Sculpture workshops, ‘Big Lunch Extra’, The Eden Project
- 2012              Artist’s lecture, Falmouth fine arts society
- 2011               Environmental art workshops. ‘The Green Foundation’, The Eden project
- 2008               Visiting lecturer, spatial design degree program, PCAD                                   

 

Awards & Honours:

- 2018 – present      'Export for Growth' Bursary, Department for International Trade
- 2017                      Quenington Sculpture Trust Bursary, Fresh air biennale 
- 2016 - present       Honorary Associate Research Fellow, ECEHH, Exeter University
- 2015 - present       Associate Artist, ECEHH, Exeter University Medical School, Truro
- 2015                       Associate Artist, the ONCA gallery, Brighton
- 2004                       Prince’s Trust Business   
- 1991-93                  Duchy of Cornwall scholarship, Gordonstoun school, Morayshire

Professional Memberships:

- 2016                       Associate Member, Penwith Society of Arts
- 2016 – 17               Pure Arts Group member
- 2014 – present       Axisweb professional member
- 2004 - present        A-N Artists Information company
- 2004 - present        DACS

  

Professional Development:

- 2018 – present          Cultivator & DIT, Business Export program
- 2017 – Present       ‘Cultivator’ programme, Creative Skills, Cornwall
- 2015                        Fast Forward, business growth program, Unlocking Potential, Cornwall
- 2014                        Timber frame building, Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales
- 2014                        Blue Mind 4, international summit. Bedruthan, Cornwall
- 2014                        Bush craft skills, Wild wise, Heligan
- 2011-12                   ‘Covya’  - leadership development course, ‘People & Place’. Cornwall
- 2011                        ‘The Green Foundation’, sustainable business course. Eden Project & ESF
- 2005                        Stone Carving Course, Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust
- 2005                        Kneehigh Theatre Summer School. Site-specific theatre. Cornwall
- 2005                        Creative Partnerships, “Blue Skies & Green Spaces”, outdoor classroom   
              
 

Publications and articles:

-  2015        Bangkok Post

 

Education:

- 2012         Carbon Management Degree Module, Plymouth University
- 2004-05    NVQ 3, Arts Development & Teaching, Cornwall College
- 1994-99    De Montfort Uni, Leicester. Bsc (Hons), Science & the Environment 2:1 
- 1991-93    A levels, History & Biology Gordonstoun School, Morayshire
- 1986-91    Redruth secondary school
 
 

Relevant Employment & Experience:

- 2014  Conservation worker & Environmental education supervisor, the Lost Gardens of Heligan 
- 1996 - 1997 Assistant Countryside Ranger, Irchester Country Park, Northamptonshire