Photo: Amanda Hopkins in Shoreham, South East

Amanda Hopkins

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

My work for public commission seeks to reconnect people with their everyday activities and the places they inhabit and encounter. The glass lenses in 'Knotted Gate' (1996) and 'Collective Evidence - Bus Routes' (1994), Slice of Life (2005), Ropetackle lenses (2007) achieve this by focusing attention on the often by-passed details of the everyday. 'Once upon a Time' (2002), 'Markers' (1998) 'Guiding Star' (2012) re-connect people with the history of the place in which they are sited. 

More personal work - for exhibition and private sale - explores tensions between our fragility and our desire to have agency within the world; between freedom and containment. Birds, with their rituals and associations, act as metaphors to explore these ideas (Tower Ravens 2015) .

I trained originally as a psychologist subsequently graduating with First Class Honours in Design from Middlesex University. In amongst having a family I have exhibited nationally and worked to commission for public and private clients, for example the Islington Ecology Centre, Gillespie Nature Reserve (London), Davy Down Park (Essex), Moyyisfont Abbey (National Trust). I have been artist consultant for Essex County Council, collaborating with architects in re-building 13 schools. I also teach at Central Saint Martind College of Art and Design, London. 

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Location Shoreham, South East
Activities Higher education, Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Architecture, Mixed Media, Public Art, Sculpture, Textiles
Tags birds textiles sculpture