To help you get to know James we have asked him to introduce himself and his work…
I’m a visual artist based in Wiltshire – I live in a village near Devizes and have my studio nearby in the Vale of Pewsey. My work as an artist focuses on people’s relationship to place and how we can use art to come to know where we live or work more fully, and know ourselves better too. You can find out more about my work on my website – www.jamesaldridge-artist.co.uk
I’m excited to be working on the Noticing Nature project because I love working with people and places, learning from the people that I meet and supporting them to share what they notice about their local patch. Nature is everywhere, whether you live in a rural or urban area, and we all notice different things, so there’s no right or wrong way of noticing and recording.
In the lead up to the project workshops starting I put together an online resource pack which can be downloaded from the Noticing Nature page on the Wiltshire Music Centre website, and a short film as well, to share more information about the project and the kind of activities that we will be taking part in together.
Whether I work with you through a workshop in your garden or local park, or whether you take part independently by using the film or resource pack, I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing what you’ve noticed, and the creative ways that you’ve used to record and share that with others.