Image: Max McClure

About

Amanda Chambers is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work is primarily concerned with our proximity to the past and the exploration of its residual traces found in objects, places and spaces. It seeks to establish a physical connection: in doing so, exploring how history may become inherited, personalised, present. Further themes of authenticity, reverence and the legacy of historic subjects and their narratives are examined. Unlike heritage curation, the artistic process may re-tell, invent or extend divergent concepts.

Often stimulated by textual sources, the work is developed through a diverse range of media including drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, music and video. 

Amanda has worked with international collections such as the Natural History Museum and the Bodleian Library and her practice is based at BV Studios and her ceramics studio at home in Bristol, UK. 

In 2017 she completed a ceramics residency in Japan (March) and has been awarded a three year Research and Development grant from Arts Council England to develop her work in clay.

CV

Current Exhibition

165 Annual Open Exhibition - Royal West of England Academy 1 Oct - 3 Dec 2017

Residency

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan - International Artists Residency Programme - 1 - 31 March 2017 - Funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Recent Exhibitions (Selected)

Elemental Journey - Daiwa Foundation, London, October 2017

Journey to Tadmor (Palmyra) - Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway,  June - September 2017

Coda (...) - Solo Exhibition - Edwardian Cloakroom, 2016

164 RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, 2016

The Light of the World - Solo Exhibition - Geneva Stop, Bristol, 2014

Publications

Daiwa Foundation - Annual Review 2016/2017

'Journeys to Tadmor' catalogue (Bymuseet, Norway) - June 2017

Ceramic Workshop No.85Seikondo Shinkansha, Japan) - May 2017

Ceramic Review 279  - 'Quiet Revolutions' - May / June 2016

Sylvia Townsend Warner Journal (UCL Press) - June 2016

Rethink Ceramic Art - Centre for Ceramic Art (CoCA), 2016

Talks

Japan Residency:

Daiwa Foundation - 'Elemental Journey' - 18 October 2017

Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Artist Network - 14 August 2017

Grants and Awards

Arts Council England - Ceramics Research and Development - 2017- 2020

Daiwa Foundation - Shigaraki Ceramic  Cultural Park Residency, Japan - 2017

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation - Shigaraki Ceramic  Cultural Park Residency, Japan - 2017

Projects and Collaborations (Selected)

Quiet Revolutions - a response to the lives of 20th century writers Sylvia Townsend Warner and her partner Valentine Ackland in ceramics and video. Research and resource material from the archives of the The Dorset County Museum and The Imperial War Museum, London. (2015)

The Light of the World - a project exploring the imaginary discovery of a camera obscura by an 18th century clergyman. Work included: hand built camera obscura images, sculpture and archival letter press prints made at the Bodleian Library print workshop, Oxford. The works were exhibited at the Geneva Stop Gallery, Bristol (2014)

Historic Instrument, Personal Legacy – Violinist, Tasmin Little OBE was invited to take part in a project exploring themes of legacy, imprint and inheritance, culminating in series of limited edition prints exhibited at St Georges Bristol (2012)

Great Chalfield Manor, National Trust –  exploration of 15th century masons marks, stone carving and graffiti (2011 / 2012)

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum – a project to produce full scale graphite impressions based on the First World War collection (2011)

The Red House, Aldeburgh – an exploration of Benjamin Britten’s artefacts culminating in a series of full scale graphite impressions (2006)

Bodleian Library, Oxford University – a research project into the 15th century medieval manuscript, ‘Master of Game’, leading to a series of limited edition prints (2006)

Natural History Museum – an investigation of the meteorite collection, resulting in a series of works based on the Estherville meteorite (2005)

Bristol Cathedral Artist in Residence – a 6 month residency exploring the nature of historic marks, evidence of human imprint and architectural forms. The final work culminated in an exhibition – Stone Landscapes at CREATE and participation in Open Doors Day (2004)

Education and Affiliations

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Coleg Gwent, Newport School of Art

Fellow Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Royal West Of England Academy of Art (RWA) Artist Network (Selected 2016)

Friend of the Bodleian Library

Tate member

British Museum member

Contact

info@amandachambers.co.uk

+44 (0) 777 594 7285