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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        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.