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alison bell

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I have been a textile artist with a studio practice since 1977, focusing on aspects of creative process which foreground sensory knowing and thinking through making. Recently , I completed a practice based PhD, examining the ways in which creative practice informs our understanding of the ageing process and how we navigate being in and of the world. Developing this research, I am exploring issues within my own ageing, specifically those challenges I understand as being integral to the process of transitioning, relinquishing, and becoming an older woman. Through creative process and interacting with materials, I reflect on ways in which this impacts on our thinking and seek to offer insights into how a process of re-representing and re-conceptualising the self might evolve. As a mature artist/maker, this is an iterative navigation of (creative) process informing (ageing) process.
http://www.alisonbell.co.uk
Qualifications
University of the West of Scotland, PhD, Exploring the Embodied Experience of Ageing through Creative Practice. 2018
Dundee College of Education, Certificate in Secondary Education, Art/Design. 1976
Post Diploma in Textile Design and Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Highly Commended. 1975
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, DA in Textile Design and Printmaking. 1974

Exhibitions
Re-connect: an embodied narrative of ageing. Kyoto International Contemporary Textile Art Centre, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto JAPAN. 16 – 31 May, 2020
Re-imagining the Canon: a celebration of women in art. Newcastle Art Space, New South Wales, Australia. 10 - 21 October, 2019
Azimuth: Sound/Image. Engaging the Human Sensorium through Art and New Technologies. Symposium and Showcase, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation, Tokyo and also CCA, Glasgow. 2016
Shorelines Exhibition and International Symposium, a collaborative research project, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr www.cathytreadaway.com/research/shorelines/shorelines-symposium-placecreativity- and-wellbeing/ 2011
Shorelines: A collaborative research project At the University of Newcastle, NSW Australia, with Dr Cathy Treadaway, Reader in Creative Practice, University of Wales, Cardiff. www.cathytreadaway.com/research/shorelines/shorelines-exhibition/ 2010
Seasilks, Taigh Chearsabhagh, N. Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. 2009
Digital Perceptions: Digital Textile Art, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde. 2006 Digital Perceptions: Digital Textile Art, Leedy-Voulkos Art Centre, Kansas City USA, subsequently in The Faculty at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. 2005 Recursions: Material Expression of Zeros and Ones, Museum of Design, Atlanta, USA, subsequently on tour in the USA. 2005 - 2008.
Professional Membership
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Departing Selves Installation (detail)
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  • Departing Selves Installation (detail)
  • Mixed Media
Departing Selves Installation (detail)
  • alison bell
  • Departing Selves Installation (detail)
  • Mixed Media
Departing Selves Installation (detail)
  • alison bell
  • Departing Selves Installation (detail)
  • Mixed Media
Existential Form, studio work (detail)
  • alison bell
  • Existential Form, studio work (detail)
  • Mixed Media
Blue
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  • Blue
  • Mixed Media
Blue 2 (detail)
  • alison bell
  • Blue 2 (detail)
  • Mixed Media

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