Biography

Adele is a multidisciplinary environmental artist, researcher and educator interested in the interrelationships between people, places, culture and nature.  Through her work Adele hopes to deepen connections between people and the natural world. 

 

Much of her recent work has focused on Antarctica, inspired by the continent's cultural, geopolitical and natural environments. Her Antarctic art explores the interconnectivity between earth systems, and human engagement with and impact upon the natural world.

 

Before embarking on Antarctic-focussed work and research, Adele worked as a project manager, community artist, and evaluation consultant for local government and non-governmental organisations. In these roles she managed a diverse range of public art, community development, education, and environmental projects.

 

Adele studied the social application of the arts at the University of Leeds then global education through art at the University of York. She has worked in Antarctica since 2013 in roles including base leader, conservation team field assistant, expedition photographer and nature guide. She is currently based in Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a PhD in Antarctic studies. Her thesis examined the value of visual artists working in Antarctica.

Education 

2021

PhD Antarctic Studies. Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury. New Zealand

Thesis: 'Shaping perspective of Antarctica: An examination of the value and production of Antarctic visual art'.

2006

MA Educational Studies. University of York. UK

Dissertation: ‘Global education through art: a practice-based case study’. 

2003

First class BA (Hons) Arts Education. University of Leeds. UK

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Antarctic Sun Lines

Te Puna o Waiwhetū / Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand

2018

Ka Awatea     

The Miniature Gallery, Lyttelton, New Zealand

2016

Antarctic Circles     

The Art Works, Halifax, UK

2015

Antarctic Circles     

Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London

2012

Nature/Culture     

Kala Sangam, Bradford, UK

2008

Unsere Strassen / Our Streets     

Berlin, Germany

2002

Between the Lines     

Battersea Arts Centre, London

2001

Making Sense     

Wakefield Art Gallery, UK

2001

Making Sense     

Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London

Residencies

2008

Berlin Office Artist Residency, Berlin

2003

Inspire Artist Residency

South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust

Conference Presentations

2019

'A changing cultural climate: harnessing the value of artists working in Antarctica'

New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.

2018

'Valuing Antarctic visual arts: an examination of their impact'

POLAR2018: SCAR/IASC Conference. Davos, Switzerland.

2018

'Antarctic Sun Lines: connecting Antarctic gateway cities through art'

POLAR2018: SCAR/IASC Conference. Davos, Switzerland.

2008

Open Engagement. Socially Engaged Art. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Published Material

Jackson, A. (n.d.) 'A changing cultural climate: Realising the value of artists working in Antarctica'. Polar Record, 1-7. doi: 10.1017/S0032247419000470

Jackson, A. (2018) 'Art collaboration with the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs 2018/19: "Antarctic Sun Lines".'  The Polar Journal Vol. 9. doi: 10.1080/2154896X.2018.1541840

Jackson, A. (2017) 'Antarctic Solargraph, Port Lockroy 2016-17'  The Polar Journal Vol. 7 No. 2 Front Cover

Jackson, A. (2009) 'Unsere Strassen / Our Streets' The Suitcase Gallery Publishing Company

Conteh, J. and Jackson, A. (2008) 'Different Ways of Seeing: A Sociocultural Approach to Global Education through Art' Education 3- 13. Vol. 36 No. 3 pp265-280