Amanda Chambers is a British multi-disciplinary artist working in ceramics, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, printmaking and music. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and often works with international museum collections and archives. She is an active member of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Artist Network and was recently elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors. She regularly gives talks about her work.
In 2017 she was awarded an Arts Council England grant do develop her work in clay and as a result is undertaking new work inspired by her residency undertaken at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan (March 2017). Her sculpture installation inspired by the Syrian crisis, Exhume, was commissioned by Bergen University for the exhibition 'Journeys to Tadmor' in Norway, and Axisweb nominated her four times including 'Five2Watch' for Sculpture and Design.
Her ceramics work has been published in both the UK and Japan, including twice in Ceramic Review and most recently in Garth Clark's journal, CFile online.
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 often revolve around cycles of conflict, with an interest in revealing lost, obscure or socio-political narratives.
1987 – 1990 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Gwent College of Higher Education, Newport School of Art.
1986 – 1987 Art and Design Foundation, Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education.
Awards / Grants / Prizes
2018 - Chiara Williams SOLO prize - Longlist
2017 – 2020 Arts Council England – Ceramics Research and Development
2017 - Daiwa Foundation – Japan Residency Award
2017 - Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation - Japan Residency Award
Recent Exhibitions (selected)
2018 - Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
2018 - Black Swan Arts Prize
2018 - RWA Secret Postcard Auction
2018 - Bath Open Art Prize
2017 - 165 Royal West of England Academy Open (RWA)
2017 - Daiwa Foundation, London
2017 - Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway
2016 - 164 Royal West of England Academy Open (RWA)
2016 - Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol (Solo exhibition)
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
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
British Museum – Friend
Tate – Member
Bodleian Library – Friend
Axisweb – Professional Member
CFILE Online (USA) - Stilboestrol feature - 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
Rethink Ceramic Art – 'Exhume' - Centre for Ceramic Art (CoCA), 2016
Axisweb curated collections
New Art Highlights - 2018
Category of the Week - Ceramics 2018
Category of the Week - Design 2017
Category of the Week - Sound 2017
Five2Watch - Sculpture 2017
Five2Watch - Design 2017
Talks / Lectures (Selected)
UWE MA Design - Visiting Lecturer (3 May 2018)
Spike Island Associates - 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (28 March 2018)
Daiwa Foundation – 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (18 Oct 2017)
Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) – 'Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (14 Aug 2017)
Projects and Collaborations
Oxford University Anagama Project (2017 – present)
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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