Approved: 29.12.2008

Judith Alder

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Researcher

Approved: 29.12.2008

I am an artist, curator and organiser of Blue Monkey Network, Eastbourne. I am interested in how things grow and change over time and how science, nature and technology collide in the Anthropocene: The Age of Man - "a time in which it feels impossible to maintain pace with the present, never mind to chart the future."

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          Biography

          I am an artist, curator and organiser of Blue Monkey Network, Eastbourne. I am interested in how things grow and change over time and how science, nature and technology collide in the Anthropocene: The Age of Man - "a time in which it feels impossible to maintain pace with the present, never mind to chart the future."

          *Hans Ulrich Obrist, The Future of Art.

          I make work across a range of media, often bringing together drawings, photographs, text, found and made objects to be shown as collections or installations and animated using sound, light and video.

          During 2018 I am working with other artists and curators and the public, to open up new ways of thinking about growth, change and evolution in the Anthropocene. The project includes a programme of events and workshops in collaboration with a range of artists, aimed at providing opportunities for conversation about the themes of the project as well as exploring new ways of working. The project will culminate in a two week public test space/residency at DC1 Gallery in Eastbourne from 27th September 2018. I will also be working with curator/mentors Lucy Day and Sanna Moore to develop plans for an exhibition for 2018-19.

          The project Once in a Universe is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, East Sussex Arts Partnership and Devonshire West Big Local.

          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 most recent work and projects

          • Awarded Grant for the Arts funding for development of a new project, Once in a Universe during 2017-18
          • Ongoing - Director, Blue Monkey Network, an artists' network based at Towner, Eastbourne

          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

          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

          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.