Approved: 29.12.2008

Judith Alder

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Researcher

Approved: 29.12.2008

I’m interested in the processes of life: how things grow, change and evolve in nature and the man-made world. I’m particularly concerned with the increasing speed of change and the collision of natural and man-made, technology and nature. It seems that the meaning of “life” as a biological process and a state of being is changing in the light of 21st century technology, when scientists can create and manipulate biological life, technology can create artificial life, and inanimate objects often appear to take on a life of their own. These are the ideas that influence my work.

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          Artist Statement

          I’m interested in the processes of life: how things grow, change and evolve in nature and the man-made world. I’m particularly concerned with the increasing speed of change and the collision of natural and man-made, technology and nature. It seems that the meaning of “life” as a biological process and a state of being is changing in the light of 21st century technology, when scientists can create and manipulate biological life, technology can create artificial life, and inanimate objects often appear to take on a life of their own. These are the ideas that influence my work.

          Alongside my artistic practice I am an occasional curator and a member of a-n's Artists Council and Eastbourne Culture Group.

          CV & Education

          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

          Current and recent work and projects

          • Co-curator and project team member for Full Frontal: Back to Nature project 2020, commissioning large scale vinyl window displays for empty high street shops
          • Artists CoGaze, Gallery 57, Ar
          • uncil member for a-n The Artists Information Company, 2019-2022
          • Steering Group member for Artists Make Change project, an partnership between Artists Council, Airspace Gallery and a-n The Artists Information Company, 2020
          • Eastbourne Culture Group/Full Frontal Eastbourne member, 2018 - ongoing
          • Organiser, Blue Monkey Network, 2011 - 2020

          2021  

          • Gaze, Gallery 57, Arundel group exhibition curated by Anne Symes

          2020  

          • Orbitt Instagram residency
          • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize exhibition, Birmingham
          • Visions in The Nunnery, Bow Arts, London, group exhibition curated by Tessa Garland, Sophie Hill and Kamila Kuc with lead artist Nye Thompson
          • Co-curator/project manager, Full Frontal: Back to Nature, a public art project in support of  Eastbourne’s Town Centre recovery plan
          • 30 works 30 days, https://thirty.works/about/

          2019

          • Standard Issue: an artists' zine produced by Simon Barker
          • Holding The Fort, Newhaven Fort, curated by Rachel Cohen
          • Let's Talk About the Anthropocene, University of Brighton Grand Parade Gallery.
          • University of Kent Special Collection Artists Books at The Summer Showcase, The British Academy London
          • Bath Open Arts Prize, 44AD Artspace, Bath
          • Fantastic and Strange, Fringe Arts Bath
          • Artist in residence, Martyrs Gallery, Lewes
          • Artist in residence, Milton Court Farm
          • Shortlisted for The Arthouse Wakefield Solo Residencies 2019

          2018

          • Visions of Science exhibition, The Edge, University of Bath
          • Once in a Universe residency at Devonshire Collective, Eastbourne
          • Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
          • Dead or Alive talk at O N C A Gallery, Brighton, part of Once in a Universe
          • Once in a Universe, a project exploring life in the Anthropocene supported by a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England

          2017

          • Winter Salon, Rye Creative Centre
          • Shortlisted for The Annex Collection Award
          • Visiting Artist - BA Fine Art Printmaking, University of Brighton
          • Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, Margate
          • Martyr's Gallery Summer Open, Lewes
          • Collector's Corner, Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne
          • COLLECTIVE: Greater than the sum of the parts - Exhibition Curator - DC1 Gallery, Eastbourne

          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

          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

          • Curiouser & Curiouser, an installation in the artist's home, Eastbourne
          • 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

          • The Visitor, a collaboration with Clare Whistler, Eastbourne Redoubt, Eastbourne
          • 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
          • Cafe Project, Towner, Eastbourne
          • 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

          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

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

              2005

              • Watch This Space Residency, Phoenix Arts, Brighton

              2004 

              • The Discovery Room, The Casson Gallery, Eastbourne College, Eastbourne

              Commissions

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

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

              Other

              2019 Lead artist, Mentoring days for Artist/Mothers. The Mother Lode Project

              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.