Ben Chandler is a multimedia artist from Southend-on-Sea who explores how being resonates in the structures that we use to organise our reality. Currently intrigued by art’s ability to materialise philosophical concerns, Chandler intervenes material with language to challenge one’s perceptions and sense-of-self in the world with attention to space, time, and gesture. Since being endorsed as ‘Highly Commended’ by the Royal Society of British Artists in 2013, Chandler studied a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at South Essex College in 2014, and has recently achieved his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the Birmingham School of Art.Locked Pro Plan feature
• Invited back by Creative Barking and Dagenham to supervise the Rivers of the World exhibition at the Gallery@Oxo. • Greeted and informed all visitors by answering any questions they had about the exhibition or the Totally Thames Festival. • Conducted audience research by encouraging the completion of surveys about the visitors’ experiences and demographic characteristics. Achievements: Provided a welcoming experience that facilitated the collection of survey responses that will help gain an understanding of the audience and suggest how future exhibitions can be improved.
- Supported the running of performances at DAGFEST by working directly with the Creative Executive Producer, whilst remaining a point of contact for the public at the community arts festival. - Represented the festival by keeping the public informed about the programme with handouts and verbal guidance. - Conducted hourly headcounts to examine the crowd-flow in each ‘zone’, thereby accumulating data that would help improve next year’s festival. - Took the initiative to relay information between staff, cover shifts, and check in with peers who had health and learning issues. Achievements: The festival ran smoothly and I was personally commended by the Project Manager, who invited me to participate in future events.
- Assisted the director by measuring the camera’s height and focus towards the actors for every shot, which simplifies the whole post-production stage. - Refined the charging cycle so depleted batteries would be put on charge and the camera would be refilled with a new battery within a minute. - Updated the slate for every take to easily categorise the footage for the editing stage. - Maintained continuity by changing the lighting’s positioning, intensity, and colour filters according to the storyboard’s details. Achievements: My efforts were recognised insofar as being offered further volunteering work and eventual paid work as Head of Lighting and Guest Cinematographer.
- Ensured the activities on the horror-film festival’s programme ran smoothly by transporting Audio-Visual equipment on schedule and ushering visitors to the correct locations. - Installed and worked behind a bar for the duration of the programme, which included the handling and safeguarding of money. Achievements: The programme ran smoothly and I received good feedback.
- Initiated (collectively) a free, student-led life drawing class in response to popular demand. - Organised and led weekly sessions, structured to allow both traditional and experimental drawing exercises. - Sourced affordable models with the donations made by the attendees. - Produced and maintained a social media page to advertise sessions to the Fine Art campus. Achievements: The University adopted these sessions as an optional activity for the whole University due to their high popularity and positive feedback.
- Supported both School of Art staff and prospective students during the University’s interview period. - Analysed the interviewee's creative practice and engagement to provide a second opinion to the University staff. - Offered the interviewees personal insights into the course to provide a student prospective and set them at ease. Achievements: Staff and interviewees told me that they benefitted from me being part of the interviews.
- Relayed peer feedback to staff for evaluation as well as the staff’s responses back to one’s peers. - Attended meetings with staff to plan and actualise changes to the course, both short and long term. - Extended my role to the year group’s social media page by operating as an administrator. Achievements: New equipment, new initiatives, a finer-tuned course structure, and a highly informed cohort.
- Curated and installed large quantities of photographic work in a team. - Monitored the exhibition space for the duration of the show. Achievements: Raised money for the homeless people involved and received good feedback.
- Communicated feedback from peers to staff regarding communication issues, understanding the course, and identifying potential structural changes for the course. - Acted as a ‘Buddy’ for an international student, supporting her in her studies and integrating her with the wider peer group. Achievements: Better communication from staff, well-informed peers, and a socially-integrated international student.
Achieved: 1st Class.
Achieved: Distinction My Story: https://www.southessex.ac.uk/my-story/ben-chandler
For Foundation Diploma Show: ‘TIRO’.
For 'Origins II' Awards.