Approved: 16.08.2006

Amanda Whittle

Artist, Conservator, Project manager, Art therapist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an avid collector of the discarded and ‘spent’, delighting in cataloguing such found objects and incorporating them into personal archives which in-turn become a rich collection for source material. I use wax, glass, photographs, thread, water, light, and Letraset to produce artworks ranging from small scale sculptures to wall-hung assemblages. In addition to objects I collect photographs, images, transparencies and excerpts of text which serve as inspiration for montaged works.

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Adult education, Art therapy, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Events management, Project management
  • Categories: Drawing, Glass, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: Artist, Collage, Maker, Arts Manager, Art Therapist
 
 

Biography

I am an avid collector of the discarded and ‘spent’, delighting in cataloguing such found objects and incorporating them into personal archives which in-turn become a rich collection for source material. I use wax, glass, photographs, thread, water, light, and Letraset to produce artworks ranging from small scale sculptures to wall-hung assemblages. In addition to objects I collect photographs, images, transparencies and excerpts of text which serve as inspiration for montaged works.

I am interested in Archaeology, Geology, Conservation, Contemporary Dance, Alchemy, Buddhism, Mysticism and the Healing Arts. Themes exploring illness, death, dreams, skewed and fading memories and unlived lives intrigue me. Through the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images/objects new associations and fresh dialogues are created.

After completing a BA(Hons) in Multi-Disciplinary Design at North Staffordshire Polytechnic I further specialised in lost-wax glass casting at the Royal College of Art in 1990-92. It was during the MA in Ceramics and Glass that I became interested in the versatility of the found object/image combined with glass and mixed media materials.

In 1994 I studied Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and since qualifying in 1997 I have held several posts in the NHS, Voluntary Sector and Education working with adults and children in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. In 2006 I attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation (Paper) from The University of the Arts, Camberwell College.

My own art practice continues to underpin my work as an Art Therapist and Arts Manager. I am currently working part-time as the clinical manager of Arts Therapies at Claremont Project, Islington.

CV & Education

Profile

  • Extensive experience in Arts Management
  • Art Psychotherapist
  • Practicing Visual Artist and trained Paper Conservator
  • Health & Care Professions Council registration number: HCPC: AS00696
  • BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registration number: 20614
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure

Qualifications

2005-2006 PgDip Conservation - Distinction  - Camberwell College of Arts, University Arts
1998-1999 MTI Certificate in Holistic Massage - Pass - Holos Massage School
1994-1997 PgDip Art Psychotherapy - Pass - Goldsmiths College, University of London
1992-1993 British Sign Language Stage One - Pass - Camden Working Men's College
1990-1992 MA (RCA) Ceramics and Glass - Pass - Royal College of Art
1987-1990 BA (Hons) Multi-Disciplinary Design - 2.1 - North Staffordshire Polytechnic
1986-1987 Foundation Certificate Art & Design – Pass - Sir John Cass School of Art
1983-1986 3 'A' Levels; Art History, Art, Geology - Walthamstow Senior High School
1983-1986 9 'O' Levels; Art, Geology, Literature, Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History - Walthamstow Senior High School     

Recent exhibitions

2016  Summer Open - Wynwood Art District - Walthamstow London
2?015  Christams Bazaar - Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery - Clapton London
2015  Street Art - Wynwood Art District - Walthamstow London
2015  Summer Open - Wynwood Art District - Walthamstow London
2015  Summer Salon - Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery - Clapton London
2015  Hundreds and Thousan?ds - Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes - Clapton London
2015  30th Annual Photographic Competition - Lauderdale House - Highgate London 2015  FINISSAGE - Lubomirov-Easton - Deptford London   
2015  Attraction - Wynwood Art District - Walthamstow London
2014  Museum of Water - Somerset House - Westminster London
2012  CGP 28th Annual Open, 1st prize - Café Gallery, Southwark Park - Bermondsey London
2012  Inclusions - Stone Gallery - Leytonstone London
2012  Open Studios - E17 Arts Trail - Barbican Arts Group 2 - Walthamstow London
2011  How Far Can We Reach?  - Topolski Gallery - South Bank London
2011  At Home with the Ludskis  - Rio Cinema - Dalston London
2010  When the Dust Settles - Bunker - Dalston London
2010  Annual Photographic Exhibition - Lauderdale House - Highgate London
2010  Open Studios - E17 Arts Trail - Barbican Arts Group 2 - Walthamstow London
2010  Wide Open - Studio Upstairs - Together Our Space Gallery - Old Street London
2010  Passing Through - Clissold Café, solo show - Hackney London