Approved: 16.08.2006

Amanda Hopkins

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

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. 

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  • Location: Shoreham, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Architecture, Mixed Media, Public Art, Sculpture, Textiles
  • Tags: birds textiles sculpture
 

Biography

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. 

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2005 - Propects, The Field Station, Lea Valley, Hertfordshire Group exhibitions 1999 - Teleport, Alphabet, London 1997 - Fuse, Designers, Artists and Architects in Collaboration, Sutton House, London 1997 - Showing off, Marle Place, Kent 1995 - Collective Evidence, Urban Action, Hertfordshire County Council 1995 - Feeringbury VI, Feeringbury Manor, Colchester 1995 - Parkland Walk, Islington Ecology Centre 1995 - Parkland Walk, Northbank Gallery, London 1994 - Hackney Sculpture Show 1994 - Metropolis Open Window Gallery, Nos 38, 73 Buses, London 1993 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, London 1993 - Whiteleys UIC, Bayswater, London 1991 - Morecambe Renaissance, Morecambe Private commissions 2000 - Five Minutes Peace, Regina Rd, Finsbury Park, London 1998 - Castle Bridge Viewpoint, Islington Ecology Centre, London 1998 - Threshold Lighting, Stephen Pimbley architects, Private residence 1996 - Gilthead Bream etching, Susie Fisher Group, London Public commissions 2007 - Ropetackle lenses, River Adur balustrade, Shoreham By Sea, Sussex 2005 - Prospects, Gunpowder Park, Lea Valley, Hertfordshire 2004 - Slice of Life, Harwich Primary School, Harwich Essex 2004 - Star, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham, Kent 2002 - The Davy Downe, Thames Chase Forest, Essex 2000 - Flock, Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London 2000 - Flock, Waterlow Park, Waterlow Park 1998 - Cardinal seating, Islington Borough Council, Gillespie Park, London 1998 - Parkland Walk Markers, Islington Ecology Centre, , London 1997 - Lifecycles, Islington Ecology Centre, , Islington, London 1997 - Rope Organics, Temple Cloud Community hall, Temple cloud, Bristol Educational experience - primary 2007 - Friendship circle, Shoreham Primary School, Shoreham, kent 2001 - Remodelling 12 primary schools in Essex, Essex County Council/French Keir Anglia, Tendring, Essex 1998 - Bolingbroke Arch, Boligbroke School, Battersea, London 1998 - Mayflower Dreaming, mayflower School, Billericay, Essex 1998 - Secret Seating, Camely School, Camely, Bristol