Amanda Chambers is a British multi-disciplinary artist.
Her work primarily considers our relationship to the past. She places 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 she gives 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.
Amanda regularly works with museums, archives and collections and increasingly explores the imagination in relation to the historical record.
She has undertaken residencies and exhibitions abroad, in Japan and Norway, and is currently the recipient of an Arts Council England research and development grant to develop her work in clay.
Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a member of the Royal West of England Academy Artist Network (RWA) and Spike Island Associates.
Recent Exhibitions (Selected)
165 Annual Open Exhibition - Royal West of England Academy 1 Oct - 3 Dec 2017
Elemental Journey - Daiwa Foundation, London, October 2017
Journeys to Tadmor (Palmyra) - Bryggens Museum, Bergen, Norway, June - September 2017
Coda (...) - Solo Exhibition - Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol, 2016
164 RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, 2016
The Light of the World - Solo Exhibition - Geneva Stop, Bristol, 2014
Daiwa Foundation - Annual Review 2016/2017
Ceramic Workshop No.85 ( Seikondo Shinkansha, Japan) - May 2017
Daiwa Foundation - 'Elemental Journey' - 18 October 2017
Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Artist Network - 14 August 2017
Grants, Awards and Nominations
Arts Council England - Ceramics Research and Development - 2017- 2020
Axisweb - Selected four times in 2017 for Five2Watch and Category of the Week.
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
British Museum member
Spike Island Associate
Amanda's practice is based at BV Studios and her home based ceramics studio in Bristol.
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