James Aldridge Artist
James Aldridge Artist

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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. You can find out more at www.queerriver.com

Art, Walking and Wellbeing

 

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, and pages for an activity pack for families with Inside Out Dorset, as well as 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.

 

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

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 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

 

Instagram: @JamesAldridgeArt

 

Download my C.V. or Artist Statement:

 

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