ABOUT ALICE EVANS

I work in the medium of film and photography. I am interested in trying to represent people with both dignity and humanity through these media.

The overall aim is to make a small positive difference to our lives and the planet through the visual art I make and the people I have the pleasure to work alongside.

I am interested in investigating new ways in which we can explore ideas of story in film and in photography.

My work is also an attempt to develop new photographic techniques that allow us to challenge assumptions about our relationships as humans to each other and with the wider world.

My film practice involves a degree of re-staging events rather than capturing them through documentary style imagery.

This has been influenced by the work of other photographers including Jeff Wall, Dorothea Lange or Cindy Sherman, alongside my passions for other Arts such as Theatre, Literature & Music.

Using the medium of film also allows me to explore novel narrative techniques.

For example, I am interested in the processes of storytelling through unconventional means. One example of this is through films that explore the idea of the unreliable narrator.

The unreliable narrator is often used in literature as a means to allow the reader to work out for themselves the ‘truths’ behind a story. Authors such as Joseph Conrad or, more recently, W.G.Sebald used these techniques in their novels and it is something that intrigues me about their work.

I usually work in an instinctive way to make my artwork and it often shows both dark and light sides to human experience.

However, above all else, as with many other artists, making artwork allows me to feel connected with the world and at times joyful and yet it also helps me feel human and present even in dark or difficult times.

 

Artist Statement

Alice is a visual artist and university teacher specialising in Film, Theatre and Photography. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art specializing in the Moving Image. This investigation has a specific concern with the theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht’s technique and thought and considers it’s current influence on contemporary Fine Art Practice. She graduated from the RCA MA in Photography in 2012 and the BA course at Chelsea (UAL) in Fine Art in 2009

 

Further and Higher Education Qualifications

Chelsea College of Art – PhD Fine Art – Current – Due 2018
Thesis Question – What is Bertolt Brecht’s influence on contemporary Fine Art Practice?

Royal College of Art – MA Fine Art – Photography/ Moving Image – Distinction – 2012
Thesis Title: Jeff Wall, Psychological Dissociation & Bertolt Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt

Chelsea College of Art – BA Fine Art – BA Fine Art – Photography – 1st Class Honours – 2009
Dissertation Title – Jeff Wall, Denis Diderot and the construction of Theatrical Tableau in Photographic Practice

Exeter FH College – Foundation in Art & Design – Distinction – 2005

Plymouth University – BA Drama & Theatre with Media Arts – 2002

 

Past Employment

Chelsea College of Art (UAL) – 2012- Current – Associate Lecturer – Fine Art

Self Employment – 2007 – Current – Freelance Photographer – Clients Include London Gay Symphony Orchestra, Free Art Collective, Jonny Briggs (Artist), Lucy Gunning (Artist), Sarah Dobai (Artist), Limon cello Gallery, Rethink Charity.

Mind In Camden Charity (Voluntary Admin Assistant) – Current.

London College of Fashion (UAL) AV Technician (P/T Whilst Studying) – Lime Grove Campus. (2006-2009)

Cullompton Community College (Devon) Classroom Assistant (2005-2006)

Freelance Equestrian Photographer (Devon) – 2003-2005

 

Recent Career Development

I have recently taken part in Feature Expanded a project in Manchester and Firenze where I was mentored to develop and understanding of the practical and business side of filmmaking and to develop a script for a feature film.

I was awarded mentorship as part of the University Women in the Arts Scheme by the female heads of arts organisations including The Royal Court Theatre, BBC Writers Room and The Southbank Centre. This is to enable me to be a good teacher and mentor to other creative people in the future. Further details can be seen at www.universitywomeninthearts.com

I have been mentored in publishing a novel at the Faber Academy at Faber & Faber

 

Other Achievements & Exhibition Experience

Short Films

2016Somewhere In Macedonia
2016Letters Home
2016 – Rhydymain
2014Gaslight
2014 – House in the River ‘
2014Hiraeth (Longing)
2013Snails
2012The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gillman)
2012Pub Fight (From ‘Rusalka’ by Dvorak)
2012Call of the Klondike (From Jack London)
2012When I Heard at the Close of Day (Walt Whitman)

Theatre Design

2015 – Rough For Opera ‘VEAL’ (Chamber Opera) Cockpit Theatre Maida Vale 16-3-15
2014 – Sex, with Benefits (Dir Daniel Solon) – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014-08-28
2014 – The Third Sector (Dir Lilah Vandenburgh) – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Exhibition Experience (Art & Design)

2016 – COLLIDE International Artist Award CERN Switzerland and FACT Liverpool – Shortlisted.
2016 – Screening – ‘Somewhere In Macedonia’ Chelsea College of Art.
2016 – University Women in the Arts Mentorship Scheme.
2015 – Feature Expanded – HOME Manchester and Firenze Italy.
2015 – ‘The Hydra’ – PhD first year show, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College
2014 – ‘Brighton Photofringe’ – Photo prize exhibition 2014 – Brighton Phoenix Oct/Nov
2014 – ‘Hiraeth’ Foundation & Trust Gallery, London
2014 – ‘Screening’ Vanguard Studios, Peckham, London.
2014 – ‘As is the Sea’ Royal College of Art, Kensington, London.
2014 – ‘Open Screening’ Whitechapel Gallery, London.
2014 – ‘Look Closely’ Norman Rea Gallery, York University, York, Yorkshire.
2013 – ‘Mediators’ Vyner Street, London
2013 – ‘Set Piece’ Tapestry Gallery, Frith Street, Soho
2013 – ‘Narrative Film Festival’ The Lombard Method, Birmingham
2012 – ‘RCA Degree Show 2012’, Royal College of Art
2011 – ‘Deauville Photography Festival’, Deauville, France, Curated by Patrick Remy.
2011 – ‘Altitude 1000+’, Rossiniere, Switzerland, Curated by Natalie Hersdorfer.
2011 – ‘RCA Secret 2011’ Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art.
2011 – ‘RCA Photography’, Folkestone Triennial Fringe.
2011 – ‘Three Artists’, Cologne, Germany.
2011 – Asko-Nobel Colour Prize 2011, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art.
2010 – ‘Man Photo Prize’ (shortlist) Royal College of Art, November 2010.
2010 – ‘Artschool/UK 3 day residency at the Whitechapel Gallery, October 2010.
2010 – ‘Secret History’, Market Gallery Project Space, Bermondsey.
2010 – ‘Avalanche’, Market Gallery Project Space, Bermondsey.
2010 – ‘Artschool/UK’, Cell Project Space, Bethnal Green.
2010 – ‘Exhibitionism’, Courthauld Institute, London.
2009 – ‘From Here’, Brighton Photo Fringe, Moore House, Brighton, October 09.
2009 – ‘Salon 09’ Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London, September 09.
2009 – ‘Degree Show ‘09’ Chelsea College of Art, June 09
2008 – ‘In Particular’ – Group Show of Staged Photography at The Victoria Theatre Bar Paddington – See www.inparticular.co.uk
2008 – ‘Attack of the Anti-Flats’ – Group Show at Etcetera Gallery, Hackney.
2008 – ‘The Drowned Giant’ – Group Show inspired by JG Ballard short story in Shoreditch Town Hall (Jan 2008) – See www.ballardian.com and The Guardian arts blog.
2007 – Late at Tate: Images shown as part of a rolling exhibition of projected images curated by Chelsea MA students entitled ‘How We May Be’ in the Manton Room Light Box in response to the Tate exhibition ‘How We Are Photographing Britain’

Selected Essays and Publications

Sept 2009Chelsea College of Art Degree Show 2009 – Catalogue
Sept 2009Revolution is Sublime Photography for The ‘Freee’ Art Collective.
Sept 2009John Ruskin and the Free Digital Workforce Essay
Sept 2009Theatrical Tableau Diderot and Jeff Wall BA Dissertation Chelsea College of Art
Dec 2010‘Exhibitionism’ Catalogue Courthauld Institute, London.
Sept 2011Photography in the Mountains – High Altitude, Ed. Nathalie Herschdorfer
Sept 2012Show 2012 RCA Degree Show Catalogue
Sept 2012Psychological Dissociation and Staged Photography – MA thesis – Royal College of Art Library
Sept 2012Seeing For Others – (RCA Photography 2012) Black Dog Publications (Ed. Rut Blees-Luxemberg) ISBN 978-1-907317-62-0
Feb 2013Musterpoint ASC Gallery Exhibition Catalogue
Nov 2013Bertolt Brecht and Photography in ‘Agency’ A Catalogue for the Fleming Collection ISBN 978-0-9553890-7-8.

Practical Industry Activity

I have worked as a self-employed photographer for a diverse range of clients and have had my work featured in a range of publications including The Guardian, Times and Telegraph magazines and newspapers.

I have worked in theatre production helping produce opera and theatre.

I have also worked professionally as an artist for over ten years and have exhibited work both nationally and internationally.

I have been teaching BA students regularly since graduation from my MA at Chelsea, LCC and a range of other institutions. I have largely been running workshops in practical and theoretical knowledge of filmmaking and photography.

Research

Conferences:

UCLAN – Diversity Conference 2016
Mind Media Awards 2016 & 2013
Chelsea College of Art RNUAL Lecture 2015
Loreto College Manchester – Conference Lecture 2016
The Fleming Collection conference 2014

Broadcasts

Telegraph Feature November 2015
BBC Interview & Blog 2015
BBC Radio 2 – Jeremy Vine Show
BBC Radio 2 – Drive Time
BBC News Article – 2016
BBC Radio 4 Interview – 2014

 

Knowledge Transfer Activity

Most recently I have worked with the Terrance Higgins Trust and City and Islington College to develop a film and theatre project, which was performed in local schools and was aimed at supporting diversity.

I regularly work as a media volunteer for Time-To-Change, Mind and Rethink Charities.

I recently took part in a recent panel debate before the recent production of The Caretaker at The Old Vic Theatre alongside Paul Farmer CEO of Mind and the Shadow Mental Health Secretary.

I was an advisor for actor character development for the recent Royal Shakespeare Company 2016 summer season production of Hamlet in Stratford.

I visit schools and colleges to talk to students about mental health awareness. In the last few weeks I was speaking to HE students in psychology at Loreto College Manchester and am also due to speak at UCLAN diversity Conference 2016, Preston, Lancashire.

 

Other activities

Alongside my artistic concerns I also work as a Freelance Photographer and work locally, nationally and as a media volunteer for Mental Health Charities and organisations.
I am keen to inspire and support students with diverse needs to fulfill their full potential.