James Reed was born in South Africa 03-19-1973. Social Sculptor and Practice Based Researcher and Instructor since graduating from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University , South Africa (SA), in 1994.
Awarded the British Commonwealth Full Chevening Scholarship for MA research 2005- 2006. Received an MA in Social Sculpture with distinction, from Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom (UK) in 2007. Core Network Member of the Social Sculpture Research Unit (SSRU): Oxford Brookes University, since 2007. Project Navigator for the Agents of Change Project of the SSRU, since 2007.
Studio Arts and Art Theory lecturer since 1998 in South Africa: University of Stellenbosch (SUN) , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Penryn College, Uplands College, Bronze Age Sculpture House and the White River Studio.
Collaborations include: University of Santa Cruz Social and Environmental Research Centre, BAY CAT Social Sculpture workshop, (San Francisco, USA), Sustainability Institute and SUN Transdiciplinary Phd program, Kgotla Youth Conference, South African New Economics Network, Coordinator for Manifest festival in Oxford (U.K); Shelley Sacks in the Social Sculpture Research Unit, Earth Agenda and University of the Trees, (U.K.); Climate Information Outreach Network action group, (U.K.), SA Government Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (S.A.); Womanʼs Rights: Greater Nelspruit Rape Intervention Project.
Residencies with Cite International des Arts (Paris, France); Thupelo International Artsist Program SA.
Exhibited with The Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, Exit Art in NYC, Modern Art Oxford UK; Goetheanum Switzerland, Brett Kebble Awards SA; Fortis Circus Gallery Netherlands, National Gallery SA, Association of Visual Arts SA.
Currently in Portland, USA, researching and developing the ground work for the Agents of Change Project.
Practice Based Research has developed from exploring new forms of thought and the implications of form since 1994. Key Research Question: How can the unseen Deep Cultural Urges (engagement, shared responsibility and interdependency) become a ʻCultural Therapyʼ?
Research outputs have taken the form of aesthetic pedagogic methodology and teaching, exhibitions, lectures, grassroots outreach interventions, public research interventions, and collaborations.