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b. London, England, 1968. Currently lives and works in Bristol.

Overview

Professional Artist since 2013.

- Fellow Royal Society of Arts, Royal Society of Sculptors, RWA Artist Network, Spike Island Associate.

- Awarded Arts Council England Research and Development grant in 2017 to develop work in clay.

- 20+ year career in arts, heritage and conservation sectors, including managerial and consultancy 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).

Biography

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, 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 has research has been enhanced through her residencies in Japan at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.

Amanda has exhibited her work internationally. Her sculpture installation inspired by the Syrian crisis, Exhume, 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.

Amanda’s work has been published regularly, including twice in Ceramic Review and most recently by renowned ceramics author and curator, Garth Clark, in his online journal CFile.org

In 2019 Amanda has been shortlisted to become an RWA Academician candidate and was selected for the current RWA Sculpture Open exhibition.

She will return to Japan for a three month residency in 2020.

Amanda's practice is based at BV Studios and her home based ceramics studio in Bristol.

Artist Statement

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.

Art Education

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) 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)

Collections

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan

Residencies

2020 - (forthcoming) Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – Shiga Prefecture, Japan

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

Publications

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

Rethink Ceramic Art – 'Exhume' - Centre for Ceramic Art (CoCA), 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

(Forthcoming) Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) Artist Network - Artist Talk - ‘Hibaku-Jumoku’ (29 April 2019)

UWE MSc Creative Technology - Guest Lecturer (28 March / 4 April 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)

Affiliations

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

Open Studios

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)

Contact

info@amandachambers.co.uk

+44 (0) 777 594 7285