Artist/ Alan Baker

Newport Shropshire, United Kingdom

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Alan Baker

Alan Baker

introduction

As an artist, my main area of interest has been the issues surrounding the relationships between humans and animals. In my resent practice I have been exploring the idea of the animal as practitioner and how different species might shape, frame and make space in our everyday urban environments through methods of sculpture and drawing. As human beings we believe that our urban environments are ours, but actually, these spaces are a much more complex environment involving many species whether they are domestic, wild or farmed for their produce, most of them contributing to our own survival, but when does a wild animal like a rabbit or a bird for example become domesticated? My practice has not only aimed on exploring these issues, but has also examined our own human Fragility, by creating sculptures that are not only works of art but are also spaces for an encounter between species. I have also based a lot of my research around this particular quote which is “to consider the boundaries of what it means to be human rather than animal” (O’Reilly,2009,p.149.) and I have used to address important questions about the residual traces left by some of these animals by focusing on the spaces animals inhabit and turning them into sculptural forms.

My name is Alan Baker, I am an artist from Newport in Shropshire with a BA in Contemporary Art from the University of Huddersfield and a MA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University. I am passionate and knowledgeable about all forms of artistic expression, which include historical and contemporary art as well as modern film and theatrical performances. I try and keep up to date with all the current issues surrounding contemporary art and modern culture, especially in regards to the art scene in the North West and the West Midlands. My aim is to pursue my passion for art by working with students as a teaching assistant working towards a teaching Degree or working within a gallery as a Gallery assistant, Gallery curator or a curator’s assistant.

What's Happening

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The GreatArt Award

Where from:

Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition

Education / Qualifications

09/14/2008 - 06/14/2009

Telford Collage of Art and Technology.

Qualification:

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction

Location:

Telford

Education / Qualifications

09/14/2009 - 06/20/2012

University of Huddersfield

Qualification:

BA Hons Contemporary Art, 1st class degree

Location:

Huddersfield

Education / Qualifications

09/14/2012 - 11/14/2013

Manchester Metropolitan University

Qualification:

Masters Fine Art

Location:

Manchester

Employment

11/14/2013 - 06/14/2014

Telford College of Arts and Technology

Location:

Telford College of Arts and Technology

My duties include supporting the staff and students, knowledge of health and safety across the departments, showcasing my art skills with excellent communication and enthusiasm. Encouraging a safe working practice. Preparation of equipment and materials through out the day and the smooth running of the departments. Communication to students with learning difficulties is a key factor and interest to me.

Employment

04/05/2015 - Present

Granary Art Gallery

Location:

Weston Park

I have recently started doing some voluntary work at the Granary Art gallery at Weston Park. A large part of this is liaising with Artist, greeting visitors, providing excellent customer service and information about current exhibitions as well as assisting with the installation of artists work

Alan Baker Brood Nest 2012
Alan Baker Orifice 2012

Dream Job

Art teacher/ Lecturer

Dream Job

Gallery Curator/ Assistant

Work Availability

Available for

Full-Time, Part-Time, Freelance, Internship/ Work Experience, Commission / One-off