Approved: 20.04.2015

James Paddock

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 20.04.2015





      Artist Statement

      I am a visual artist working in video and installation. I use my practice to explore everyday life and how this can be impacted by mental health and social class. My work fuses the surreal experience of severe mental illness with the mundane experience of our daily lives.

      I usually begin my work by creating a seed of an idea on my own then once developed, I’ll work collaboratively as the lead artist of a creative team. For my current project ‘Mirrored to the core’ I am collaborating with an Opera Director, a Musical Director and a Composer to produce a video artwork with an operatic twist.

      My work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows in the UK and internationally. I have also taken on roles as a facilitator, have given talks and co-developed courses on mental health and the arts.



      CV & Education

      1996-99  Cardiff School of Art and Design, B.A. Fine Arts, 2:1 (Hons)

      1995-96  Winchester School of Art, Foundation Diploma 


      Maria Tsakos Cultural Foundation, (group show) Chios, Greece.

      Pause for thought, (group show), the shoe factory, Norwich, UK.

      2021-2022 Research involvement:
      Crossing Thresholds, Liverpool John Moores University & Alef Trust
      Co-Researcher - Crossing Thresholds Research: Art Beyond the Threshold of Ordinary Consciousness.


      Mirrored to the Core, December, online screening video premier and panel discussion.

      Popping up, Artists responding to... Online Gallery Exhibition.

      PYLON, Blackbox project space, (Solo) UCA, Farnham  

      PYLON, (Solo show), A-side B-side Gallery, London

      Loss and Lucidity (The Lost & Found), curated by Diana Ali, Fabrica Braco de Prata and Appleton box, Lisbon, Portugal 

      Passion for Freedom, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall, London

      (In)visible, Espacio Gallery, London

      Loss & Lucidity (The Lost & Found), curated by Diana Ali, Santora Space205, Santa Ana, California, USA

      Blinds,  The Chelsea College of Arts, London,

      Real / Virtual Festival, curated by Geraldine Atger, Ugly Duck, Tanner St, London

      Blinds, Blackbox project space, (Solo), UCA Farnham

      Shells, (Solo show), Production house, Eastleigh 

      Bad behaviour open, Brixton East Gallery, London

      National Open Art exhibition (NOA), Mercers Hall, London

      Eastleigh Film festival, Eastleigh

      All in one, Chiari, Italy

      NN Contemporary Art, open exhibition, Northampton 

      Hadleigh Art centre, Essex, Open exhibition, Essex 

      Final Degree show, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff 
      Publications and essays  

      Portal by Celia Davies

      Hackney Citizen, London, newspaper article

      Art Reveal magazine, Issue 47 

      Art Reveal magazine, interview, issue 38

      Lost person by Charlotte Bradley

      Wotisart magazine, January issue 

      Average Art magazine, December issue  

      Perceptions/Misconceptions SHELLS by Charlotte Bradley 

      Average Art magazine, September issue 
      Residency and platform

      2022      The Making Room Residency, Southampton

      2016-17 Associate Artist at Eastleigh Tec Hub

      2015-     Axisweb
      Awards and funding 

      2021-2022 Funded by Arts Council England for the project Mirrored to the core

       2020  A.N. Artists information Company bursary

       2019   Funded by Arts Council England for the project PYLON

      2018   Shortlisted for Passion for Freedom competition, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall, London

      2017   Funded by Arts Council England for the project Shells