Ashley Kidner is a Baltimore based environmental artist. Kidner works mainly with stone, wood, native plants and water, often making use of natural materials found on site. The installations that Kidner creates and documents deal with issues such as climate change, habitat lose and most recently the demise of pollinators. Pollination has become a key factor in most of Kidner's recent work, drawing attention to the demise of bees in Maryland (especially native bees).
Kidner was born in Norfolk, England and grew up on a farm in the hamlet of Thwaite St. Mary, also in Norfolk. Kidner studied and worked in Geology while living in London for 8 Years. While on field trips and traveling Kidner became fascinated by the prehistoric art found throughout the British Isles, especially the stone circles unique to that part of the world. These ancient structures have had a huge influence on his work, with stone often playing a central role in his art. Since moving to America in 1987 Kidner has worked in the landscape industry and runs his own Landscape company (ILD) working mainly in Stone, native plants, rain gardens, water gardens and hugelkulture.
In 2018 Kidner had 2 of his Pollinator Hexagon installations on display for Art on the Waterfront in Baltimore and the Artists in Dialogue with nature show at Adkins Arboretum on the eastern shore. He also installed a pollinator garden at the Peale Center in Baltimore in 2018 as well as being part of the Birdland and the Anthropocene exhibit shown there in 2017.
Other recent work has been shown at the Montpellier Arts Center in Laurel, MD and also the Fieldwork exhibition for Artscape 2017 in Baltimore. Kidner has also shown work in Thailand and Vietnam. In 2002 Kidner’s company ILD installed a stone wall for Jannis Kounellis as part of the Arte Povera show at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. ILD has also done work for Icelandic artist Olifur Eliason. In 2014 Kidner's work appeared in Gallery 788 in Hampden, Bog Tinkers Gallery in Ellicott City and Towson Arts Collective where he won first prize in the Bridges (in science) show. He currently has a number of installations on display as part of Nature Art in the Park in Leakin Park and
Art on the Trail in Lake Roland Park.