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Ben Judd

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fine Art


Ben teaches into Years 1 and 3 of BA (Hons) Fine Art and is also module leader for year 1.

Current project

Ben's works explores how ritualised activities can be realised by actors, employing the choreographic and the rhythmic as a method of constructing and examining communities.

Ben is interested in supervising PhD students, if you are interested please select the Research tab to see more information about his research field.

Research areas

Ben Judd uses performance and video to explore scepticism and belief, freedom and immersion. He examines his relationship to specific groups and individuals who have marginalised, occult or esoteric belief systems, such as witches, clairvoyants and shaman, testing the extent and nature of his own beliefs and preconceptions.

Recent work explores how the ritualistic activities of marginalised groups and individuals can be extended into an action realised by actors (one that itself hovers on the border between immersion and a more self-conscious, knowing state), and how, in turn, this action can be interpreted in a moving image work. Positioning himself and the audience as both participant and observer, he engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealised state of community.

External activity


  • 2013 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for I Am On Top of the World, London
  • 2012 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Vast as the Dark of Night and as the
    Light of Day, Whitstable Biennale, UK
  • 2011 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Mysterium, James Taylor Gallery, London
  • 2011 Residency at The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, USA
  • 2010 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Concerning the Difference Between the Delights of Pleasure and True Happiness, Swedenborg Society, London
  • 2009 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Observance, Barbican Art Gallery, London
  • 2009 Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for residency at Banff Centre, Canada
  • 2007 Gasworks / Triangle Arts / Arts Council England award for residency at Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia
  • 2004 British Council award for residency at Contemporary Belém Art Flux, Belém, Brazil

Articles and reviews on Judd’s work since 2001

  • 2013 Jennifer Gleadell, Ensemble, Nottingham Visual Arts, May
    Sarah Gill, Ensemble, Nottingham Post, March
  • 2012 In the Studio, EXIT, May
    Merce Santos Mir, Ben Judd – Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Leftlion, March
    Anonymous, Ben Judd – Songs of Innocence and of Experience,, April
  • 2010 Dan Smith, New Maps of Heaven, Art Monthly, July/August
    2009 Emma Cocker, Still Unresolved: Inconsistency as Strategy, Intersections (35th Association of Art Historians Conference), April
  • 2008 Peter Lewis, Ben Judd,, no. 8
    Alia Pathan, Persona Non Grata, a-n, March and /seconds, no.8
    Katharina Erlenwein, The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Donnerstag, 17 April
    Stephanie Siebert, Was führt die Bruderschaft im Schilde?, Nurnberger Zeitung, 17 April
    Georg Kasch, Bruderschaft aus Pappmaché, Abendzeitung, 18 April
  • 2007 Beth Greenacre, Abandoned Protocol, ArtRabbit, 18 September
    Charlie Danby, Ben Judd, Miser and Now, Summer
    Helen Sumpter, Altered Images, Time Out, December 12-18
  • 2006 Charlie Danby, Surveillance, Wonderland, September/October
  • 2004 Usuki Naoko, The Futurians, Artit, Summer / Autumn
    Melissa Nix, The Futurians, The Daily Yomiuri, 29 July
    Michael Stoeber, Soziale Kreaturen, Kunstforum, May / June
    Nina Madden, Trackers, a-n Magazine, July
    Helen Sumpter, Trackers, Time Out, June 16 – 23
    Anon, Trackers, Ealing Gazette, May 14
    Kerstin Stremmel, Soziale Kreaturen, Neue Zuricher, 16 April
    Enno Kaulhold, Soziale Kreaturen, Photonews, Issue 16
    Christina Tilmann, Soziale Kreaturen, Er Tagesspiegel, 11 April
    Anon, Trackers, Absolute Arts, April
  • 2003 Jen Ogilivie, Space Open 2003, Time Out, November 26 – December 3
    Asher Penn, Looking at ‘Strangers’, Workflow, Vol 1, Issue 1
    David Levi Strauss, Strangers: International Center of Photography, New York, Art Forum, November
    Jamie Lau, The Queen Mother Show, Contemporary, August / September
    Anon, The Queen Mother Show, Kultureflash, April
    Martin Coomer, Someone To Share My Life With, Time Out, April 23-30Anna Honigman, Someone To Share My Life With, Zing Magazine, issue 19
    Roos Gortzak, Ben Judd, I Miss, Tubelight, February
  • 2002 Dan Smith, Die First, Art Monthly, October
    Ned Denny, Doing the Rounds, New Statesman, September 23
    Helen Sumpter, Die First, Evening Standard, September 13
    Martin Herbert, Die First, Time Out, September 11-18
    Jessica Lack, Die First, The Guardian, August 17
  • 2001 Martin Coomer, JAM, Time Out, May

Invited public lectures

  • 2013 MA Photography, Central St Martins, London
  • 2012 MA Photography, Swansea Metropolitan University
  • 2012 Francis Upritchard, Nottingham Contemporary
  • 2011 Celebrating: Ritual and Performance, The Pagan Federation 40th Anniversary, London
  • 2010 Old Media, New Work: Obsolete Technologies and Contemporary Art, University ofWestminster
  • 2010 Photography and Participation, Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • 2010 In Production, Nottingham Contemporary
  • 2009 School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • 2006 BA and MA Fine Art and Contemporary Art Practices, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 2004 Belém Art Flux, Belém, Brazil
  • 2000 BA Fine Art, University of Humberside


JUDD, B.and Syperek, P.,Cocker,E. and Rowlands, A.,2014. Communication, Black Dog Publications, London

JUDD, B. and CHRISTENSEN, S., 2011. (Co-curated exhibition) The Edge Of Reason. KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway. 3 September 2011 - 6 November 2011

JUDD, B., 2010. Concerning the Difference Between the Delights of Pleasure and True Happiness. 14 Interventions. Swedenborg House, London, 3 March 2010

JUDD, B., 2009. Observance, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1 October 2009

JUDD, B., 2008. (curator) The Brotherhood Of Subterranea. Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany. 18 April - 25 May 2008

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