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Alex’s multimedia work plays between science and art, linking references from scientific research, with historical artworks to create art pieces that tell a narrative that references today.

I like to use a Multi-sensory approach to viewing artworks, with every installation there is a playful interaction where I wish the viewer to touch gently, taste sweetness, smell florals or see with torches. As a gardener and beekeeper, I am continually trying to understand about our role in the great pattern of man and nature in balance, using the image of the bee as an image of both the ecological reference to potential doom, as well as the image for hope and harmony.”

In these latest series, she uses materials that require interaction in order to experience the unseen world of the bee. The colour is very strong and is made to represent how a bee sees a flower.

An activity that the artwork needs by the viewer is thus a metaphor for being involved. Alex wishes the viewer to take a role actively ensuring that Bees are at the core of a natural and healthy future.

When Alex is not in her studio she can be found at the finest art museums such as the gorgeous Wallace Collection in London giving multimedia workshops on a very wide range of subjects. She runs workshops for various groups, schools and charities around the UK giving her time to share the joy and playfulness of creating art to community groups and also with the elderly, mentally ill or children to support their rehabilitation and express their creative stories.

As well as the  Wallace Collection Alex has worked at many other museums and galleries such as the National Gallery and was for honoured for two years to give the artists perspective talk for the National  Schools’ programme “Take One Picture.” For twenty-five years she has worked with such such magical places as the Botanic gardens and Kettle’s Yard, both in Cambridge.

This summer she is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome a professional development group from the Mall Gallery to her studio in July 2019. She is also delighted to be involved with the group “Art History Link-Up” planning history of Art GCSE which we hope will be piloted later in 2019.

In 2015, Alex participated in the Clore Leadership Programme and co-organised the Art, Language, Location festival in Cambridge. Her MA in Fine Art at Cardiff followed degrees in Fine Art at Byam Shaw, London, and History of Art and Education at Cambridge University back in the mid-’80s!


Other wonderful things

At the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens she co-authored a children’s book, “The Magic Brick Tree.” (Cambridge CUP.)

At Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Alex worked with artist Filipa Pereira-Stubbs on weekly art sessions.

At the Wallace Collection amongst many workshop sessions in 2012 she co-curated an award winning “Treasures East” first community exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London.

For the Olympics Torch arrival into Cambridge she worked on a city wide arts events with SameSky, http://www.samesky.co.uk/

In 2013-4 she worked as the artist with London Play on a “Play Streets Past and Present,”  on behalf of the Museum of London.

In 2015 she was an art judge on “Waterloo 200,” a national “Hungary for History” campaign with Dan and Peter Snow.

Other groups have included the Creative and Cultural Skills network (part of the National Skills Academy) and The Children’s Museum, Jordan. She gave a UNESCO lecture to museum directors in Amman, Jordan about her work.

Alex is part of the SSE Social Entrepreneur Programme  2015/2016 cohort with her projects; “Travelling Treasure Boxes” which is her social enterprise project.


Press

For the exhibition A Right Royal Buzz, Alex was interviewed by Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, Martin Stew on ITV London, and Cass Art, https://www.cassart.co.uk/blog/archives/2016/02

Also film by Stephen Brice;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwXHTlcq1Eg

BBC Radio Cambridge interview; Vick Hope as part of the ArtLanguageLocation art festival; October 2014.

In 2017 Alex was delighted to exhibit at Hauser and Wirth, in Somerset for a bee week.