Amanda Chambers is a British multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, ceramics, music, drawing, photography and printmaking. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (MRSS), the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Artist Network and Spike Island Associates. She regularly gives talks about her work, and is currently a Guest Lecturer at the University of the West of England (UWE).
In 2017 she was awarded an Arts Council England grant to develop her work in clay. This experimental period has led to the production of ambitious large scale ceramic drawings notably those inspired by the life of computer scientist, Alan Turing. Her ceramics research has been enhanced further through her residencies in Japan at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.
Amanda has exhibited her work internationally, including her temporary sculpture installation inspired by the Syrian crisis, Exhume, which was commissioned by Bergen University for the exhibition 'Journeys to Tadmor' in Norway in 2017.
In October 2018, Amanda returned to Japan, after her first residency in 2017, to embark on a project inspired by the trees that survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima - the ‘Hibaku-Jumoku’. The work was produced and exhibited at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP). A piece from the exhibition is now held in the permanent collection at SCCP.
She will return to Japan for a three month residency in 2020.
CV & Education
b. London, England, 1968. Currently lives and works in Bristol.
- Professional Artist since 2013.
- Fellow Royal Society of Arts, Royal Society of Sculptors (Member), RWA Artist Network (Member)
- Currently Arts Council England Research and Development funded to develop work in clay (2017 – 2020).
- 20+ year career in marketing and communications in arts, heritage and conservation sectors, including consultancy and managerial roles with some of the leading charities in the U.K. including the National Trust, Natural History Museum and establishing the historic archive of pioneering British designer, Robert Welch (RDI, MBE).
My work primarily considers our relationship to the past. I place particular emphasis on proximity, and how the use of handmade processes (often invented, traditional or low tech) creates an intimacy between the historical subject and the viewer. In this way I give physical form to the assertion by the author Hilary Mantel that, 'the past is not behind us, it is alongside'. Subjects may often revolve around cycles of conflict, with an additional interest in revealing lost, obscure or socio-political narratives.
1987 – 1990 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Newport School of Art, Gwent College of Higher Education.
1986 – 1987 Art and Design Foundation, Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education.
Recent exhibitions (selected)
2019 - (Forthcoming) Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Academician Candidate Exhibition (Autumn 2019).
2019 - Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Secret Postcard Auction.
2019 - Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Sculpture Open Exhibition.
2018 - Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan (Solo exhibition).
2018 - Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition.
2018 - Bath Open Art Prize.
2018 - Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Secret Postcard Auction.
2017 - 165 Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Open Exhibition.
2017 - Daiwa Foundation, London (Solo exhibition).
2017 - Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway.
2016 - 164 Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Open Exhibition.
2016 - Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol (Solo exhibition).
2017 - Exhume commissioned by Bergen University for the exhibition ‘Journeys to Tadmor (Palmyra)’, Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway (funded by Research Council of Norway) - 30 June - 17 September 2017.
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan.
2020 - (Forthcoming) Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – Shiga Prefecture, Japan (Feb - April).
2018 - Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
2018 - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
2017 - Bryggens Museum - Bergen, Norway.
2017 - Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
2004 - Bristol Cathedral.
Awards / Grants / Prizes
2018 - Chiara Williams SOLO Award - Longlist.
2017 – 2020 Arts Council England – Ceramics Research and Development.
2017 - Daiwa Foundation – Japan Residency Award.
2017 - Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation - Japan Residency Award.
(Forthcoming) Green Legacy Hiroshima - ‘Partners in Profile’ interview (publication date TBC)
(Forthcoming) Floating Circle (Friends of the RWA) - Q&A, 2019
Green Legacy Hiroshima (glh.unitar.org) - ‘In search of Hiroshima’s Survivor Trees’, Dec 2018.
CFile Online - Stilboestrol, August 2018.
Ceramic Review 289 – Elemental Journeys – Japanese Residencies, Jan/ Feb 2018.
Journeys to Tadmor (Catalogue) (Bymuseet, Norway), June 2017.
Daiwa Foundation - Annual Review 2016/2017.
Ceramic Workshop No.85 Seikondo Shinkansha, Japan, May 2017.
Ceramic Review 279 – 'Quiet Revolutions', May / June 2016.
Sylvia Townsend Warner Journal – 'Quiet Revolutions' (UCL Press), June 2016
Centre for Ceramic Art (CoCA), Rethink Ceramic Art – 'Exhume' - 2016.
Axisweb curated collections
New Art Highlights - May 2018.
Category of the Week - Ceramics 2018.
Category of the Week - Research 2018.
Category of the Week - Design 2017.
Category of the Week - Sound 2017.
Five2Watch - Sculpture 2017.
Five2Watch - Design 2017.
Talks / Lectures / Teaching
Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) Artist Network - Artist Talk - ‘The Survivor Trees of Hiroshima’ (29 April 2019).
UWE MSc Creative Technology - Guest Lecturer (March - May 2019).
The Artist Project Space - Artist Talk (22 Jan 2019).
UWE MA Design - Visiting Lecturer and Workshop (3 May 2018).
Spike Island Associates - Artist Talk - 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (28 March 2018).
Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) - After Hours - Experimental drawing workshop ( 21 Nov 2017).
Daiwa Foundation – Artist Talk - 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (18 Oct 2017).
Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) Artist Network – Artist Talk - 'Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (14 Aug 2017).
Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway - Launch event Q&A - 'Journeys to Tadmor' exhibition - (30 June 2017).
Royal Society of Arts – Fellow.
Royal Society of Sculptors - Member (Elected April 2018).
Royal West of England Academy (RWA) – Artist Network Member (Selected 2016).
Spike Island Associate.
Axisweb – Professional Member.
BV Studios Annual Open each year from 2013 - present.
Projects and Collaborations
Oxford University Anagama Project (2017/ 18).
Quiet Revolutions – Dorset County Museum / Imperial War Museum (2015).
Personal Instrument, Historical Legacy – with Tasmin Little O.B.E. (2012).
Great Chalfield Manor, National Trust – research and work with medieval masons' marks (2011/12).
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum – research and work with WW1 collection (2011).
Britten and Pears Foundation (The Red House) – working with Benjamin Britten's collection (2006).
La Vengeance du Gibier - Bodleian Library, Oxford University – researching the medieval manuscript The Master of Game at Duke Humfries Library (2006).
Natural History Museum – working with the Mineralogy Department's meteorite collection (2005).
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