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Artist and Educator

First Name and Last Name

Alex Harwood


Hebden Bridge

Art Style

Art Style

Visual/Digital Arts & Film



Alex is a Lancashire born visual/digital artist and filmmaker based in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. His multidisciplinary practice has an experimental approach often combining 2D and digital media, exploring making processes in abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, assemblage, digital arts and animation, photography and video. His current work explores autobiographical themes framing personal and family histories within the context of the current socio-political climate, exploring relationships between the past and present.


Alex’s practice as a mixed media artist and filmmaker explores social, cultural and political themes through the act of storytelling, often involving a participatory and collaborative element to document both his own and other’s personal histories. Working in prisons, homelessness shelters, care homes, refugee services and various local communities Alex spent three years compiling almost thirty digital stories. He has held several public screenings of these works, including two short videos created for the Stories of Chrisp Street heritage project.


Previously a member of the Islington Mill Arts Academy and Mirabel Studios artist collectives in Salford and Manchester, Alex exhibited art works in several group shows. He has also shown works at Salome Gallery, Lovely Art Gallery and First Floor Space in London. He has been a resident artist at First Floor Space since September 2019.


As an artist educator Alex has worked for over ten years in a variety of capacities for numerous galleries, charities, NHS services, and educational organisations. Alex also works as an independent tutor and mentor providing one-to-one support to both academic students and adult learners.


Exhibition History

Solo Exhibitions


The Heartstone Odyssey, Tower Hamlets City Hall, London, UK

Group Exhibitions


Layered Interpretations, First Floor Space, London, UK


Stories of Chrisp Street, Brownfield Community Cabin, London, UK


Makeright, HMP Thameside, London, UK


SLaMAdArt: 10 Years In Process, Maudsley Long Gallery, London, UK 

Summer Open Exhibition 2015, The Lovely Gallery, London, UK


Hidden Gems, Salome Gallery, SHARP, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

FLOW (with SLaMAdArt), Tate Modern, London, UK


Selling Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK


Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK


Open Studio, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK


BA (Hons) Visual Arts Degree Show, University of Salford and CUBE Gallery, Manchester, UK


In the Absence of Truth, There is Only Art, Chapman Gallery, Salford, UK


Education History

2012 – 2013

MA Participatory and Community Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

2005 – 2008

BA (Hons) Visual Arts, University of Salford, UK

2000 – 2002

Certificate of Higher Education in Computer Arts, University of Abertay Dundee, UK

Teaching Experience

Current Role

Sessional Tutor in Visual/Digital Arts & Filmmaking, Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds, UK

Course 1

Digital Storytelling

Course 2

2D Digital Animation

Employment History



Enrichment Tutor, Archer Academy, London, UK

2019 –

Digital Media Workshop Leader, Holborn Community Association, London, UK


Arts Practitioner, Creative Futures, London, UK

2019 –

Tutor, First Take, Liverpool, UK


Workshop Assistant, Sparks Film and Media Ltd, London, UK


Artist Educator, Croydon Restorative Learning School, Surrey, UK

2018 –

Arts Coach, Surrey Clubs for Young People, Surrey, UK


Artist Educator, Phoenix Place, London, UK


Creative Artist, Artisan Kidz, London, UK


Lead Artist, Community Focus, London, UK


Digital Artist, HEC Global Learning Centre, London, UK


Artist Educator, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK


Tutor, The Complete Works, London, UK

2015 –

Visiting Digital Arts Tutor, Sydenham High School, London, UK

2015 –

Arts Practitioner, STRETCH, London, UK


Lead Artist, Leo Ward, The Ladywell Unit, Lewisham Hospital, London, UK

2013 – 2015

Arts Facilitator, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK

2013 – 2014

Gallery Assistant, Cultural Institute, King’s College London, UK


Workshop Facilitator, King’s College London & Wellcome Trust, Barbican Centre, London, UK

2012 – 2013

Project Coordinator/Workshop Facilitator, Headway, London, UK

2012 -2013

Creative Assistant, Community Focus, London, UK

2008 – 2010

Workshop Assistant, Venture Arts, Manchester, UK


Workshop Facilitator, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK


Member of

2019 –

First Floor Space, London, UK

2009 – 2012

Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK

2008 – 2009

Islington Mill Art Academy, Salford, UK


Additional Information

Additional Information

Alex has over thirteen years experience working as a community artist, artist educator and tutor in a variety of educational settings, with hundreds of clients spanning an array of ages, abilities, social and cultural backgrounds. A passionate advocate of socially engaged arts practice, Alex has actively sought out opportunities to collaborate with various community groups, designing and delivering arts projects for various charities, NHS services, prisons, homeless shelters, refugee services, care homes, and various galleries, educational and community arts organisations. Alex has also taught in both mainstream schools and alternative education provisions, pupil referral units and youth services, and provided digital media training for various commercial enterprises. He has also run his own arts tutoring and mentoring business since 2015, working with both academic students and adult learners.

Alex takes great pride and reward in enabling individuals to explore their own creativity, facilitating collaborative sessions aimed at developing their creative practice in a safe and supportive environment. He is especially passionate about working with marginalised groups in our society, dedicated to making access to arts and cultural activities available to all, and strongly believing in the transformative power of art to affect lives for the better.

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