Photo: Amanda Whittle in London

Amanda Whittle

Artist, Conservator, Project manager, 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. 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.

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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