February

Alec Stevens

Alec Stevens lives and works in Bristol. He trained in the University of Brighton’s 3D Craft and Design degree and is specialised in creating highly-detailed sculpted objects in wood, with strong ideas behind them.

Alec has been working with the National Trust for over six years creating engaging sculptures and installations that reveal new elements within their collections. His practice has been open to collaborations, working jointly with commissioners, academics and other talented artists. He is co-founder of ‘Polari Press’, a publishing house specialising in producing Artist books, zines and objects exploring LGBTQ+ themes and histories. He is currently resident artist within Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio where he is developing artworks and experiences that are enhanced through the use of technology.

Alec’s earliest memory of ITV is watching with his dad. His eyes were drawn to the corner of the screen every 15 mins, where a black and white graphic display would pulsate. This moment informed him that the advertisements were coming, so he should enjoy the show that little bit more because it was soon to end. Using this inspiration, Alec has created a visual ident for ITV that focuses on a graphic, animated texture that plays with light and shadow.

James Alec Hardy

James Alec Hardy graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2002, and currently lives and works in London.

Since graduating, James has focused his practice on the impact of technologies on our experience of life. He uses analogue video systems to manifest ideas through performance, sculpture, installation and print.

James’ artworks are created from former equipment made redundant in broadcasting with the onset of digital transmission. His output from his studio is challenging and engaging. Projects include constructing multi-screen video works arranged into symbolic motifs and sculptural totems; from 3 month long shamanic residencies in fields, to 3 days’ live feedback performances at major cultural institutions.

Kristina Veasey

Kristina Veasey is a visual artist who likes to find positives in negative situations and beauty in the mundane. A former Paralympian and equality and diversity consultant, she is keen to explore ways to make her work more accessible to people. Some, though not all, of her work is influenced by the barriers she faces as a disabled person.

Kristina is fascinated by detail and drawn to the things most people pass by. She likes to add humour, quirkiness and a sense of fun to her work.

Kristina established and ran a community engagement group in her home town, delivering projects and outdoor events for ten years. She enjoys working with other people both within the community and when collaborating with other artists and professionals from other sectors. She has worked in many different types of community settings, particularly with groups who can be more marginalised: young people, disabled children, communities in deprivation, teenage parents and inclusion units.

Kristina has received a number of commissions for her work and has also received the LOCOG 2012 Inspire Mark for her project Beyond the Torch Run, funded by Grants for the Arts. Kristina's last installation work, My Dirty Secret! was commissioned by Unlimited and funded by Spirit of 2012. It was recently programmed by Southbank Centre as part of their Unlimited Festival. Kristina’s new project, Basketcase, has just been shortlisted by Unlimited for an R&D partnership with the Forest of Dean.

Katrina Russell-Adams

Katrina is a South East London-based printmaker and visual artist, whose practice is deeply informed by the joyful clash of diversity, shapes, people and places in her surroundings.

Over the past few years, Katrina has seen her playful, bold work emerge in collaboration with other local artists onto both the streets and galleries of her native Peckham. Her work has flourished further afield too, with public and private commissions in her dynamic prints, murals and kinetic sculptures.

Having graduated with a degree in Behavioural Sciences and with a successful career in Social Housing under her belt, Katrina took a break to bring up her three children. Katrina then came to a career in the visual arts following an adult learning course in printmaking four years ago. Her work continues to evolve; inspired by the history, architecture, colour and cultures of her surroundings - bold and seemingly simple shapes are used to create images and moving sculpture that draw viewers into their own journey of discovery. She is passionate about community initiatives and public accessibility to the arts.