About

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Alex is a Lancashire born visual/digital artist and filmmaker based in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. His multidisciplinary practice has an experimental approach often combining 2D and digital media, exploring making processes in abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, assemblage, digital arts and animation, photography and video. His current work explores autobiographical themes framing personal and family histories within the context of the current socio-political climate, exploring relationships between the past and present.

 

Alex’s practice as a mixed media artist and filmmaker explores social, cultural and political themes through the act of storytelling, often involving a participatory and collaborative element to document both his own and other’s personal histories. Working in prisons, homelessness shelters, care homes, refugee services and various local communities Alex spent three years compiling almost thirty digital stories. He has held several public screenings of these works, including two short videos created for the Stories of Chrisp Street heritage project.

 

Previously a member of the Islington Mill Arts Academy and Mirabel Studios artist collectives in Salford and Manchester, Alex exhibited art works in several group shows. He has also shown works at Salome Gallery, Lovely Art Gallery and First Floor Space in London. He has been a resident artist at First Floor Space since September 2019 and a member of the artist co-operative at Northlight Studios since June 2021.

 

As an artist educator Alex has worked for over ten years in a variety of capacities for numerous galleries, charities, NHS services, and educational organisations. Alex also works as an independent tutor and mentor providing one-to-one support to both academic students and adult learners.

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Education

2012 – 2013

MA Participatory and Community Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

2005 – 2008

BA (Hons) Visual Arts, University of Salford, UK

2000 – 2002

Certificate of Higher Education in Computer Arts, University of Abertay Dundee, UK

 

Learning & Participation

2021 –

Sessional Tutor, Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds, UK

2020 –

Enrichment Tutor, Archer Academy, London, UK

2019 –

Digital Media Workshop Leader, Holborn Community Association, London, UK

2019

Arts Practitioner, Creative Futures, London, UK

2019 –

Tutor, First Take, Liverpool, UK

2018

Workshop Assistant, Sparks Film and Media Ltd, London, UK

2018

Artist Educator, Croydon Restorative Learning School, Surrey, UK

2018 –

Arts Coach, Surrey Clubs for Young People, Surrey, UK

2017

Artist Educator, Phoenix Place, London, UK

2017

Creative Artist, Artisan Kidz, London, UK

2017

Lead Artist, Community Focus, London, UK

2017

Digital Artist, HEC Global Learning Centre, London, UK

2016

Artist Educator, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK

2016

Tutor, The Complete Works, London, UK

2015 –

Visiting Digital Arts Tutor, Sydenham High School, London, UK

2015 –

Arts Practitioner, STRETCH, London, UK

2015

Lead Artist, Leo Ward, The Ladywell Unit, Lewisham Hospital, London, UK

2013 – 2015

Arts Facilitator, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK

2013 – 2014

Gallery Assistant, Cultural Institute, King’s College London, UK

2013

Workshop Facilitator, King’s College London & Wellcome Trust, Barbican Centre, London, UK

2012 – 2013

Project Coordinator/Workshop Facilitator, Headway, London, UK

2012 -2013

Creative Assistant, Community Focus, London, UK

2008 – 2010

Workshop Assistant, Venture Arts, Manchester, UK

2007

Workshop Facilitator, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017

The Heartstone Odyssey, Tower Hamlets City Hall, London, UK

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Layered Interpretations, First Floor Space, London, UK

2017

Stories of Chrisp Street, Brownfield Community Cabin, London, UK

2016

Makeright, HMP Thameside, London, UK

2015

SLaMAdArt: 10 Years In Process, Maudsley Long Gallery, London, UK 

Summer Open Exhibition 2015, The Lovely Gallery, London, UK

2014

Hidden Gems, Salome Gallery, SHARP, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

FLOW (with SLaMAdArt), Tate Modern, London, UK

2011

Selling Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

2010

Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

2009

Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

2008

BA (Hons) Visual Arts Degree Show, University of Salford and CUBE Gallery, Manchester, UK

2006

In the Absence of Truth, There is Only Art, Chapman Gallery, Salford, UK

 

Residencies

2019 –

First Floor Space, London, UK

2015

La Maison Verte, Roujan, France

2008

Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2007

Stockport School, Stockport, UK

 

Publications

2018

A celebration of STRETCH DIGITAL, a landmark three-year project, STRETCH (Contributor & Photography)

2014

ESMI Study, Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (Logo Design)

2014

Physical Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Service Users and Carers, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust/King’s Health Partners (Art Director & Original Artwork)

Memberships

2019 –

First Floor Space, London, UK

2009 – 2012

Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

2008 – 2009

Islington Mill Art Academy, Salford, UK