Approved: 18.07.2014

Amanda Loomes

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 18.07.2014

People at work have always preoccupied me. I am particularly moved by the effort of people whose work goes unnoticed, or work that becomes erased or undone. In my practice I am drawn to record their labour to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer. I usually work with the short experimental documentary form, wryly utilizing the redemptive power of non-linear video editing in is

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    People at work have always preoccupied me. I am particularly moved by the effort of people whose work goes unnoticed, or work that becomes erased or undone. In my practice I am drawn to record their labour to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer. I usually work with the short experimental documentary form, wryly utilizing the redemptive power of non-linear video editing in is ability to speed up, reverse, repeat and stop. Working with and through people is a key part of my practice and I often encourage people to make a creative response to the situation in which we find ourselves, partly out of curiosity and because of the reciprocity this sets up. Through my work I consider the frailty and resilience of human endeavour.

    CV & Education

    Education and Qualifications

     MA, Fine Art Painting, The Royal College of Art, 2006.

    BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art Painting, University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2004.

    BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Civil Engineering, City University, 1990. 

    Selected Exhibitions

    Supporting Material, Herbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury, 2017

    Spiky Black, Metal, Chalkwell Park Rose Garden, 2017

    Shoreham Sculpture Trail, The London Group, 2017

    The Mesh, Watermans Art Centre, 2017

    Personal Relations: International Miniature Portrait Exhibition, Touring 2016/17

    Keepers, Trust New Art, The National Trust, Lyme, 2016

    HOUSE 2015, The Regency Town House Basement, Brighton, 2015

    Bridge, The Cello Factory, London, 2015

    South Central Open, aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2014/15

    Deptford Stories, Anthology Deptford Foundry, 2014

    The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, 2014

    From Bomberg to Rego, Southampton City Art Gallery, 2014.

    Spoil and Fill, studio1.1, 2014.

    Jerwood Open Forest, Jerwood Space, 2014.

    The London Group on London, The Cello Factory, 2014.

    +100, The London Group Today, The Cello Factory, 2013.

    The London Group at 100, Mottisfont National Trust, 2013.

    Centenary Exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor, PM Gallery, 2013

    On my behalf: Self-Portraits from The London Group, The Cumberland, 2012

    EMERGENCY5, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2011/2012

    Th’Owd Towser Show, Holmfirth, 2011

    Artists in residence, Dorking, 2010

    Inspirations, Kensington and Chelsea College, 2010

    The Free Art Fair, London, 2009.

    Multichannel, ArtSway, 2008.

    Breathing Space: In response to 1, Chiltern Street, 2008.

    Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2007.

    The End of the Pier International Film Festival, 2007.

    Arcade, New Quebec Street, London, 2006.

    Generation, The Royal College of Art, 2006.

    Les Shops A Let Dans L’Air We Breath, New Quebec Street, London, 2005.

    Future Map, The Arts Gallery, London, 2004.

     

    Awards, Residencies & Commissions

    Arts Council England, 2016/17.

    Artquest Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre, 2016.

    Metal Culture, NetPark LAB, 2015.

    HOUSE 2015, co-comission HOUSE/Photoworks

    South Central Open Winner

    Arts Council England 2013.

    Jerwood Open Forest shortlisted artist, 2013.

    How We Make and How We Might Make, Wysing Escalator Retreat, 2013.

    Dis(chorus), LUX Associate Artists Programme Residency, 2012.

    Arts Council England, 2010.

    Short-listed for the arc award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2009.

    Winner of Mini Green Documentary at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007.

    Short-listed for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2006 & 2007.

    Career History

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    Freelance artist/film maker, undertaking commissioned and self funded projects, June 2006 to present. Most recent:

    Permanent audio artwork made in collaboration with artist Alison Carlier, for Metal at Chalkwell Park Southend, as part of NetPark. Spiky Black was made working with the British rose growing industry and was inspired by punk. Made with support from Art Council England, 2017.

    Commissioned by Trust New Art, the National Trust's contemporary art strand, to produce Keepers, a multi layered digital documentary of the past and present estate workers at Lyme, Cheshire, 2016.

    Co-commissioned with HOUSE/Photoworks to make a new work in response to the HOUSE 2015 theme 'Edge and Shift' set by lead artist Nathan Coley. Feb - May 2015

    Spoil and Fill an Arts Council funded project working with artist Marenka Gabeler and writer Charmian Griffin, exhibition at studio1.1 in April 2014.

    Jerwood Open Forest. One of five artists selected for Jerwood Open Forest, a six-month research and development period supported by Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) and Forestry Commission England. 2013

    Record/Record, 2012:  Concept design of a project for Mole Valley District Council in response to the Olympic cycling road race.

    Pitzhanger, 2012: Working with the cleaners at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing. A project for the Centenary of The London Group.

    Sessional Teacher Foundation - University of the Creative Arts (Epsom), Feb 2010 to present.

    The London Group – Working Committee Member with responsibility for ‘The London Group Open’, April 2010 to present.

    Editor for ‘Out of the blue’ – a film project by artists Ackroyd & Harvey and Artsadmin, July 2011.

    Film and Video Umbrella - internship working on a community outreach project, Free to Air, London, April - October 2010.

    Commissioned by Mole Valley District Council to undertake a community art project, ‘From your perspective’, in the Links area of Dorking. The project included workshops with Y5/6 children at St John’s Community School, beginners learn to paint landscape classes and an event as part of National Play Day, 2010.

    Recipient of an Arts Council England Award along with artists Ackroyd & Harvey and Anne Brodie. ‘Artists in Residence, Dorking’ considered notions of the ‘local’, 2010.

    Commissioned by the Dutch pharmaceutical company Roche to make a film as part of Longstories - highlighting personnel stories behind lung cancer, www.longstories.nl - in collaboration with artist Marenka Gabeler, 2010.

    Commissioned by curator Rose Lejuene as part of exhibition ‘Breathing Space: In response to 1, Chiltern Street’.  Filmed and edited ‘Looking for a reason’ working with firemen from Euston fire station, 2008.