James Aldridge Artist
James Aldridge Artist


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


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Neuro/Queering Nature - Solo Exhibition

Between March and June 2024 I will be part-time Artist in Residence with Spud in the New Forest, exploring the intersection of Queer and neurodivergent perspectives on the natural history of the New Forest.


The resulting exhibition will open with a preview event on Thursday 13th June from 5.30 to 7.30pm, all welcome.


The exhibition will then continue until 4th July. For more information on Spud, how to get to the gallery and opening times, please visit their website.


For some background information on my residency, see this blogpost.

Rural Facets and PAC Artists


PAC (Practicing Artists Commoning) was set up by Artist Laura Eldret as part of the New Forest based contemporary arts programme More Than Ponies with the support of A Space Arts, Southampton.


PaC is a peer group for artists. Together we carry out creative investigations into the New Forest area and create a forum of support, sharing, caring and exchange to strengthen one another’s practice. We meet IRL to walk, sit, talk and often eat together


For information on the other artists involved, see the PAC page on the More Than Ponies website.


Together we will be hosting Rural Facets, a series of gatherings for artists in Hampshire and Dorset during Summer 2024, devised by Laura for Visual Arts South West. See more on Rural Facets here.

Neuroqueer Ecologies

Neuroqueer Ecologies is a new strand of research that I am developing, which evolved out of Queer River. Neuroqueer Ecologies focuses on Neurodivergent experiences of and perspectives on place, and what these can teach wider society in a time of ecological crisis.


Please visit the Neuroqueer Ecologies page on the Queer River website for more information, or get in touch here.

The Ripple Effect Project Film

The Ripple Effect project linked 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.


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


You can watch a film all about The Ripple Effect here on the Wessex Archaeology Yutube page.


Please see this piece that I wrote for the Wessex Archaeology website for more information on the project.


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 crisis on river ecosystems and communities
  • River restoration
  • Neuroqueer Ecologies


I've since presented, exhibited and collaborated in a rage of settings in associated with a number of rivers and other wetland environments.


In Summer 2023 I held the Drawing on Water exhibition at The Pound Arts Centre, sharing artwork that has emerged out of this research project. A virtual tour of Drawing on Water is now available to view on the Queer River website.


Queer River continues to evolve and I welcome invitations to write, present and collaborate - please get in touch here.


Find out more at www.queerriver.com

Contact Me

Phone: 07931 407186

E-mail: Send me an email


Blog: jamesaldridgeart.wordpress.com


Facebook: @JamesAldridgeArt


Instagram: @JamesAldridgeArt


Download my C.V. or Artist Statement:


James Aldridge Short C.V. May 2024
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Artist Statement - December 2022
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