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

Overview

Professional Artist since 2013.

- Fellow Royal Society of Arts, Royal Society of Sculptors (MRBS), 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 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.

Her ceramics work has been published in both the UK and Japan, including twice in Ceramic Review

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 often revolve around cycles of conflict, with an 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.

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

Recent exhibitions (selected)

2018 (Forthcoming) - 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)

Residencies

2017 Bryggens Museum - Bergen, Norway

2017 Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – Shiga Prefecture, Japan

2004 Bristol Cathedral

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

British Museum – Friend

Tate – Member

Bodleian Library – Friend

Axisweb – Professional Member

Publications

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

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

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)

Open Studios

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)

Contact

info@amandachambers.co.uk

+44 (0) 777 594 7285

 Image: Max McClure

Image: Max McClure