b. London, England, 1968. Currently lives and works in Bristol.
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).
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 was recently elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors and is an active member of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Artist Network and Spike Island Associates. She regularly gives talks about her work.
In 2017 she was awarded an Arts Council England grant to develop her work in clay. As a result she is undertaking new work inspired by her residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan in March 2017, and her ongoing project exploring the life of computer scientist, Alan Turing.
Also in 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.
In October 2018 Amanda returned to Japan 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.
Amanda's practice is based at BV Studios and her home based ceramics studio in Bristol.
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, Newport School of Art, Gwent College of Higher Education.
1986 – 1987 Art and Design Foundation, Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education.
Awards / Grants / Prizes
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 (Solo exhibition)
2018 - Black Swan Arts
2018 - Bath Open Art Prize
2018 - Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Secret Postcard Auction
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)
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
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
Spike Island Associate
British Museum – Friend
Tate – Member
Bodleian Library – Friend
Daiwa Foundation - Annual Review 2016/2017
Axisweb curated collections
Talks / Lectures / Teaching
UWE MA Design - Visiting Lecturer and Workshop (3 May 2018)
Spike Island Associates - Artist Talk - 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (28 March 2018)
Daiwa Foundation – Artist Talk - 'Elemental Journey' – Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (18 Oct 2017)
Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA) – Artist Talk - 'Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park' (14 Aug 2017)
Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway - Launch event Q&A - 'Journeys to Tadmor' exhibition - (30 June 2017)
BV Studios Annual Open each year from 2013 - present
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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