Jamaican born, Valda Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist and a published writer. Jackson creates complex narratives that reflect and interrogate our past and present. Her work is about existence and survival, entitlement, and above all, dignity; themes which extend into her Public Art Commissions, where the personal becomes universal. In 2017, her collaborative public art practice Jackson and Harris won the PMSA Marsh Award for excellence in public sculpture. She has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, RWA Bristol and private galleries; and has lectured at the Royal College of Art, UCE Birmingham and presented papers at International Conferences in Universities across Europe.
Currently commissioned by Peabody, London (2020 – present). Shortlisted for the 2021 Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa Prize for her Manuscript Untitled.
Recent projects include: Still Holding On presented at Dreamland Margate, StudioTAC commission (2018); Literary Archaeology, a collaboration between University of Bristol Department of English, and archaeologists from University of Cambridge and University of Exeter.
Presented papers (selected): Conference Afroeuropeans, University of Tampere Finland (2017); Seminar Framing the Critical Decade, After the Black Arts Movement, History of Art Department, The University of Bristol (2016); Conference: What’s Happening in Black British History, Watershed, Bristol (2016).