Pete Ashton's Artist CV

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Pete Ashton
DoB: 19 Sept 1972
Residence: Birmingham, UK
Web: art.peteashton.com
Email: pete@peteashton.com
Phone: +44 7775 690 106

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Statement

I am a multidisciplinary artist working in Birmingham in the North West of Europe. My work uses media technologies to explore how we perceive and understand the world around us. As an advocate of peer and self-learning within artistic communities in Birmingham, I use art to explore traditionally academic subjects in new ways, seeing my practice as a form of applied philosophical enquiry.

I became an artist in my late 30s and have centred my practice on cameras as post-photographic data-capture devices. Like many artists working with technology I find myself concerned with identity, privacy and corporate surveillance under late-capitalism.

As a freelance artist practitioner I strive to ensure my employment supports my personal practice both financially and artistically, and vice-versa.

2019

### As Artist

I decided to take an R&D sabatical from being a practicing artist in 2019 to regroup.

As Practitioner

  • Rivers of the World - Artist facilitator producing two artworks with students at Worcestershire schools for national touring exhibition in Autumn, run by the Thames Festival Trust and The British Council.
  • Stirchley Salon - Ran a artists discussion group at Artifact Projects where artists and makers presented their work to their peers.
  • Stirchley High Street Stories - Photography workshop for community arts project.
  • Tækniskólinn School of Photography - Three day photography workshop in Birmingham for Icelandic students as part of UK visit.
  • Dead Shrines - Camera Obscura workshop and public talk.
  • CoCoMad - Camera Obscura exhibit at community festival.

Consultancy / Mentoring

Dead Shrines - Camera Obscura consultant for ACE-funded public sculpture comission in Stirchley Park.

Paradise Lost - Mentoring Andy Howlett through production of his documentary about Birmingham Central Library.

Jo Gane - Camera Obscura consultant for ACE-funded work exploring links between early photography and drawing.

2018

As Artist

  • Black Hole Club - Member of Vivid Project’s programme for artists, designers, curators and writers in the West Midlands to share and test ideas through regular group exhibitions.
    • Scab - 3D artwork for Black Hole Club online exhibition.
    • Flash - Installation for Another Dimension, group show with Black Hole Club members.
    • City Arcadia mini-residency with Black Hole Club members.
    • Optical Array - Installation for Stellar, a group show commissioned by Lumen.
    • Blow-Up 2018 - Reimagining the 1960s mystery film as a metaphor for our relationship with data corporations, for group show with Black Hole Club members.
  • Open Zine Archive - Collaboration with Cross City Zine to present my collection of 1990s fanzines and related publications.

As Practitioner

  • Jewellery Quarter Development Trust walk for festival
  • Rivers of the World - Artist facilitator producing three artworks with students at Worcestershire schools for national touring exhibition in Autumn, run by the Thames Festival Trust and The British Council.
  • AI for Artists - Workshop for the Art AI Festival commissioned by De Montfort University and The Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.
  • Escaping Victimhood - Photography walk commissioned as part of therapeutic retreat.
  • Photo School - Regular photography group walks around areas of Birmingham.

As Speaker

  • Crit Club - Presentation of my artistic practice to Black Hole Club members.

2017

As Artist

  • Instructions for Humans - Major three-month exhibition of new body of work at Birmingham Open Media funded by Arts Council England.
  • Black Hole Club - Member of Vivid Project’s programme for artists, designers, curators and writers in the West Midlands to share and test ideas through regular group exhibitions.
  • Spectrographic Manifestos - Interactive artwork using sonification to respond to the General Election.
  • Engine Travel Bursary - Awarded by New Art West Midlands. Report.

As Speaker

  • Human Interfaces Conference - Invited speaker at Association for Photography in Higher Education Summer Conference.
  • ASTONish - Invited speaker at creative leadership workshop.

As Practitioner

2016

As Artist

As Speaker

  • Random String - Invited speaker at arts and technology conference.
  • The Mediated Self - Invited speaker for Warwick University’s School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies.

As Practitioner

  • Trailblazers - arts practitioner on youth civics project run by Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company.
  • Art in Crisis - Workshop and photography walks with homeless people resulting in exhibtion of their work at Birmingham Open Media.
  • Escaping Victimhood - Photography walk commissioned as part of therapeutic retreat.
  • Gallery 37 - Photography mentoring for young people not in education, employment or training.
  • SOAK - Guided Photography Walk along river for suburban arts festival.
  • Photo School - Regular photography group walks around areas of Birmingham.

As Producer

2015

2014