Location: North London
Website: www.alidarke.com
Bio:

Ali Darke is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at UEL. Moving around her sculptural installations reveals the landscapes, inhabitants and conflicts of an inner world inspired by research in psychoanalytical and philosophical enquiry. Her creative process delves into the subjective, fluid and infinite space of the mind as it confronts the limits of objective representation. In resurrecting found objects alongside newly created material, trusting free association and serendipity to make connections, she suggests new narratives and meanings while also discovering that which is uncannily familiar. This reflects the distorting filter of memory when recalling past events, the unconscious slippage, exposing the emotional and psychological workings of the mind as it confronts the reality of the world.

She is exploring a transitional space between fantasy and reality, the wellspring of the imagination, a liminal hinterland littered with the residue of lived experience. It is the meeting place, the confluence of an ebb and flow of external and internal perception, each playing on the other. There is the potential in the alchemy of this exchange for pathology, healing and creativity to evolve as the construction and deconstruction of ever shifting and elusive identities. Here we encounter our relationship with the other, with objects and things and the nature of our unconscious dream, fantasy and nightmare.

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a l i d a r k e

ali@alidarke.com

CURRICULUM VITAE

2014-19 Professional Doctorate in Fine Art, University of East London

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Artists Residency: Directional Forces, Florina, Greece
2015 Art Masters: Old Truman Brewery
2015 Virus: Platform 1 Gallery, Wandsworth Station
2015 Professional Doctorate Show Case: AVA Gallery UEL
2012 Resonate: The Crypt Gallery

2010 Difference: Reflections on Performance Practice: The Space, WCA

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

1979/82 BA Theatre Design WIMBLEDON SCHOOL OF ART
1991/93 MA Theatre Design SLADE SCHOOL OF FINE ART, UCL
2008/9 PGCE CLTAD, University of the Arts, London

2005 and 07 Laboratoire D’Etude de Mouvement. Jacques Lecoq/Theatre de Complicite

TEACHING

2011 - 2013 ACTING PATHWAY LEADER: Theatre Design, WCA
2001-date ASSOCIATE LECTURER: University of the Arts, London

Wimbledon College of Art BA Theatre, Design for Performance
MA Drawing and Digital Theatre

London College of Fashion: BA Costume Design
BA Technical Effects and Design
BA Makeup Design
MA Costume Design

Central St Martins College: BA Performance Design and Practice

2004-05 THEATRE DESIGN LECTURER: Mountview Academy

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

ACTD Scene Change Symposium: WCA September 2011/ Workshop facilitator
Feral Space: UAL Academic Group symposium November 2011

THEATRE AND FILM PRODUCTION DESIGN: including

2012 The Seagull Theatre of Thin Air Anna Sternberg
2011 Carousel Mountview Theatre Academy Tom Littler
2011 The Crucible Bodens Youth Theatre Anna Sternberg
2010 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bodens Youth Theatre Anna Sternberg
2010 Parade Mountview Theatre Academy Tim Luscombe
2009 Pendragon International Youth Arts Festival Rose Theatre, Kingston
2009 Anne Frank Mountview Theatre Academy Rhys Thomas
2007 Leitmotif Aurora Nova, Edinburgh Andrew Dawson
2006 Rags Chelsea Theatre Marina Calderone
2005 Honk! St Peters, Vauxhall Carol Metcalf
1997 Kind Hearts and Coronets Palace Theatre, Watford. Giles Croft
1998 Kind Hearts and Coronets National Tour Giles Croft
1997 The Seal Wife Warehouse Theatre Jenny Lee
1996 Fair Game New End Theatre J.Bavatlana
1996 Beauty and the Beast Midlands Art Centre John Ginman
1996 Kind Hearts and Coronets Workshop, National Theatre Studio Giles Croft
1995 Bondagers Wimbledon Studio Theatre Jenny Lee
1995 Arabian Nights Midlands Art Centre. John Ginman
1994 Pendragon National Youth Music Theatre Jeremy James-Taylor
1994 Burning Love Monkey in Heaven Films. Smita Bhide
1994 Beans and Blood in Nottinghill Monkey In Heaven Films Smita Bhide
1994 A Spanner In the Works Greenwich Studio Theatre Marguerite Forsythe
1993 Peter Pan Midlands Arts Centre. Anna Farthing
1982 Slips Lumiere and Son. Hilary Westlake
1981 The Nightingale Northern Chamber Orchestra David Sumbler

ANIMATRONIC PUPPET DESIGN FOR FILM AND TV

1990 TEENAGE MUTANT NINGA TURTLES JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Costume fabrication / painter
1988 WITCHES JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Mice fabrication / painter
THE LAST OF THE DRAGONS JACKANORY, BBC TV
Designer / model maker
FAFNER HALL JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Painter
1987 THE BEAR JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Body costume fabrication
THE STORY TELLER JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Puppet finisher / painter
1986 TOM’S SAUSAGE LION JACKANORY, BBC TV
Puppet designer and maker
1985-6 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS WARNER BROTHERS
Plant fabrication and paint coordinator
1984-5 LABYRINTH JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Wild Things – Puppet maker/painter
Junk People - Puppet maker/painter
1984 DREAM CHILD JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP
Griffin – fabrication/painter
1984 LEGEND WARNER BROTHERS
Assistant in Art Department

ILLUSTRATION WORK - PUBLISHED AND BROADCAST

1990 The Ice Journey Dent
1988 Aladdin Dent
1987 The Nightingale Methuen
Thumbelina Methuen
1986 Upside Down Stories Penguin Books
Every Poem Tells A Story Penguin Books
If Only Penguin Books
1984 Dragon Days Bodley Head
The Living Garden Bodley Head
The Living House Bodley Head
1983 Japanese Folk Tales Jackanory BBC TV
Hallowe’en Special Jackanory BBC TV
1982 A World of Stories EothenFilms