James Aldridge Artist
James Aldridge Artist


See below for a brief description of current and upcoming projects. Please follow the links included, or get in touch, for more in depth information.


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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect project links with the Salisbury River Park project, to enable local people to use art and archaeology to learn about the past and future of the River Avon.


Beginning in Summer 2022, this two year project has been developed by Leigh Chalmers of Wessex Archaeology and myself, through discussion with The Environment Agency.


Please see this blog post on The Ripple Effect for details of my role in the project.

Well City Salisbury

In Spring/Summer 2022 I will be working with Wessex Archaeology on the Well City Salisbury Project.


Based in Victoria Park in Salisbury I will work with Wessex Archaeology experts, to support a group of participants to engage with and map their experiences of the city. Well City Salisbury is a multi-agency project which seeks to benefit the mental health and wellbeing of those involved.

Living By The Ash Tree Waters

Living by the Ash Tree Waters is an art and ecology project developed with Andover Trees United, that engages local people with rivers, and specifically chalkstreams.


During Spring and Summer 2022 I will be working with schools and community groups to develop River Explorer Backpacks that will enable local people to use creative, multi-sensory methods to learn about their own local river.

Queer River

In 2020 I set up a practice-led research project called Queer River, collaborating with artists, ecologists, writers and river related/cultural organisations, as a way of exploring the relationship between the following:


  • LGBT+ people’s experiences of rivers
  • Queer perspectives on Climate Justice
  • The impact of the climate and ecological crisis on river ecosystems and communities
  • River restoration and Rewilding


I've since presented, exhibited and collaborated in a rage of settings in associated with a number of rivers and other wetland environments. You can find out more at www.queerriver.com

Art, Walking and Wellbeing: Digital Resources


In 2020, supported by the Arts Council England Emergency Fund, I spent some time researching the role of everyday artful practice in promoting wellbeing, through my Kitchen Sketchbook, Walking Pages and Walking Bundles.


My aim was to develop new ways of sharing my daily practice with others, via digital and printed materials, to widen awareness of the value of such artful practices for staying well, in the face of social and ecological change.


I have since been commissioned to make similar videos for use with groups of young people by Wessex Museums, pages for a digital resource for older people from Pound Arts, pages for a Heritage and Wellbeing pack by Wessex Archaeology, and pages for an activity pack for families with Inside Out Dorset.


In addition I created a video/downloadable resource pack for Celebrating Age Wiltshire's Noticing Nature project, exploring the role of art in engaging isolated older people with their local natural environment.


Noticing Nature

In Spring 2020 I set up the Noticing Nature project with Celebrating Age Wiltshire, working with socially isolated older people around Wiltshire.


Since then I have worked with single participants and small groups in gardens and parks around the county, usng art to engage with and record the plants and animals that we notice around us, with an aim of reducing feelings of isolation and improving participant wellbeing.


Funding for the project was extended due to its success and Noticing Nature will now run into the Autumn of 2022.


You can visit the Noticing Nature blog here: www.noticing-nature.com

Climate Museum UK


In my role as Associate Artist with Climate Museum UK, I develop and deliver creative experiences for people, supporting them to learn about the climate and ecological crisis.


The image used here was taken during my work for CMUK at the Among the Trees exhibition at The Hayward Gallery in 2020. You can see a post that I wrote about this work on the CMUK website and a series of posts that I wrote for CMUK as part of The Urban Tree Festival on Acts of Tree Kindness.


PaP Artists' Collective


People + Place (PaP) is an artists' collective set up by the New Forest based contemporary arts organisation More Than Ponies with the support of A Space Arts, Southampton.


As a group of six artists based in/around Hampshire, we began in the first lockdown in 2020 by exploring the role of Mail Art  at a time of social distancing. As restrictions have permitted we extended our collaborations to include real life meet ups in and around the New Forest.


For a post on my involvement in the correspondence art element of this project, please take a look at my blog. For information on the other artists involved see the People + Place (Mail) page on the More Than Ponies website.


Contact Me

Phone: 07931 407186

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Blog: jamesaldridgeart.wordpress.com


Facebook: @JamesAldridgeArt


Twitter: @JamesAldridge4


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James Aldridge C.V. December 2018
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Artist Statement - January 2021
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