Photo: Amanda Whittle in London

Amanda Whittle

Artist, Conservator, Project manager, Teacher, Art therapist

I am interested in discarded/found objects, those that have lost their original function, located in unfamiliar places, sometimes broken or decayed. Such objects are a testimony to a journey or a specific event in time. In addition to objects I collect photographs, images, and excerpts of text which serve as inspiration for montaged works. Through the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images/objects new associations and fresh dialogues are created. The work is influenced by personal memories and collected human experiences. 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 from The University of the Arts, Camberwell College. I am also a qualified Massage Therapist and training to be a Reiki Master. 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. read full statement

Location London
Activities Adult education, Art therapy, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Events management, Project management
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Glass, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Tags Artist, Therapist, Collage, Art Manager
Website http://amandawhittle.co.uk