I combine a creative career as a writer and artist with project facilitation in both fields, as a curator and a small press arts publisher.
As a writer, I am mainly an essayist and memoirist, writing about art, food and social history. My essays about food and cookery are currently being gathered into a collection for publication, and I also write columns, as commissioned.
My interest in art is wide-ranging but focused particularly on art in public places, which I write about on my blog The Secret Art Lover, and fine art post-1900. I was the architect of the successful campaign to save Hans Feibusch’s mural Pilgrim’s Progress from demolition in 2018/19 and I work pro bono for the Feibusch Progress Project CIO, an organisation set up to facilitate its public display elsewhere. I am a director of Twenty Twenty Publishing and edit Twenty Twenty Magazine, curating fine art, photography and writing around key themes in contemporary arts practice.
I am also director of Martyrs’ Projects, which evolved out of the now-closed Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space in East Sussex, which specialised in showcasing challenging and experimental contemporary art. Martyrs’ gave rise to the arts residency programme FRESH AiR, which ran from 2016 to 2019 and offered career or project development opportunities to numerous artists. FRESH AiR is likely to be resurrected at some point but is currently mothballed because of the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. I have a somewhat desultory art and photography practice of my own, as well as designing textiles, T shirts and model theatres.
I am a Londoner currently living and working in Sussex but have roots in East Anglia and the East and West Midlands, and am currently researching local and family history in those areas.
I can be contacted at: alex[at]alexgrey.co.uk or alex[at]martyrs.gallery.