James Aldridge is a visual artist, based in Wiltshire. James graduated in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from UCA, Farnham and is an Associate Artist with CAS (Andover) and MK Gallery (Milton Keynes).
James’s practice uses his own individual experiences, and participatory methods, to develop an understanding of embodied and situated approaches to learning. Informed by performance and land-art practices, crafts processes and pedagogical research, he responds to the urgent need to develop new ways of seeing and being with the more than human world, in a time of ecological crisis.
James’s artwork is multi-disciplinary, comprising of intimate objects formed in the hand whilst walking, larger sculptures that echo his bodily experiences, and recent sound and video pieces that collage imagery and sound together, to evoke the experience of moving through a landscape.
James’s work in educational settings, including museums, schools and universities, feeds into and informs his individual practice. Children’s playful explorations of place, for instance, offer opportunities to research the innate capacities that we are born with, and the opportunities that they offer us to experience connection through making.
James has carried out residencies and commissions for a number of organisations including 5x5x5=creativity and The Hampshire Cultural Trust, and curated exhibitions at MK Gallery and Salisbury Art Centre.
James has provided professional development for artists and educators in schools, arts and heritage organisations, facilitated community consultation projects for English Heritage and National Trust, and worked as a visiting lecturer at a number of Universities.