James Aldridge Artist
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Ash Tree Stream

 

Since October 2019 I have been running Ash Tree Stream, an art and outdoor learning project funded by Arts Council England.

 

Working in partnership with Andover Trees United, CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) and 5 local schools, we have used art to engage with and learn about Ash trees, within the context of local cultural heritage and the climate/ecological crisis.

 

The project will culminate in an exhibition of my and the children's work at CAS (Andover) in November 2020. Please see the project blog for more information and regular updates: www.ashtreestream.com

 

 

The Ash Looks Back

 

The Ash Looks Back is a new series of photographic and video pieces that I have developed out of my Ash Tree Stream research (see above), funded by Arts Council England.

 

The work uses a camera trap to document the animals that live alongside Ash trees, combining them with other imagery and sounds to explore the community of life that will be impacted by the death of trees due Ash Die Back Disease.

 

Works in progress have been shown recently in the Happenings Exhibition as part of Fringe Arts Bath, and selected final works will form part of the Ash Tree Stream exhibition in November 2020 at CAS (Chapel Arts Studios), Andover.

 

 

Climate Museum UK

 

In my role as a member of the Climate Museum UK team, I develop and deliver creative experiences for people, supporting them to learn about the climate and ecological crisis.

 

I am currently developing new interactive artworks which I can use with CMUK to engage members of the public in exploring their local environment.

 

The image used here was taken during my work for CMUK at the Among the Trees exhibition at The Hayward Gallery earlier this year. 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.

 

 

Landlinks Project

 

Landlinks is an international arts project coordinated by Groundworks and SIT Select.

 

Landlinks invited artists to walk at the same time in a range of locations, responding to a script of words and prompts, whilst documenting their journeys with the Viewranger and What 3 Words apps.

 

Artwork that has emerged out of these walks wil be shared at an exhibition in Autumn 2020, whilst work in progress can be seen on the Groundworks website, together with a series of interviews. See my own 'in conversation' here.

 

 

People + Place (Mail)

 

People + Place (Mail) is a collaborative Correspondence Art project set up by More Than Ponies with the support of A Space Arts.

 

As a group of six artists based in/around Hampshire, we are exploring the role of Mail Art  at a time of social distancing.

 

For a post on my involvement in the 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.

 

 

Art, Walking and Wellbeing

 

Supported by the Arts Council England Emergency Fund, I am currently researching the role of everyday artful practice in promoting wellbeing, through my Kitchen Sketchbook, Walking Pages and Walking Bundles.

 

My aim is 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.

 

 

Contact Me


Phone: 07931 407186

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Blog: jamesaldridgeart.wordpress.com

 

Facebook: @JamesAldridgeArt

 

Twitter: @JamesAldridge4

 

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Download my C.V. or Artist Statement:

 

James Aldridge C.V. December 2018
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Artist Statement - January 2019
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