Arts Award Advisor
Amanda is a Bronze & Silver accredited Arts Award Advisor working with young people between 11-25 years who are keen to develop skills in the Creative Arts. Through building a portfolio of evidence of their creative arts achievements, observations and aspirations, young people can be attain an extra curricular, nationally recognised award.
Having taught on several different types of arts courses as a practicing Artist Amanda has a wide experience of working with different age groups and using different media. This has included teaching Art Foundation to people with learning disabilities and Kiln-formed Glassmaking to BA(Hons) students. More recently she facilitates creative and therapeutic art workshops to students on a Portfolio building evening class through who are interested in applying for art therapy training.
As a project Manager working for Thames Reach, a large organisation in the third sector which provides a range of services to support the needs of homeless people across London. Amanda co-ordained Vision Impossible? Arts project for three years full-time. The project combined an educational function with therapeutic and social benefits through offering a range of technique based art and digital arts workshops, to socially excluded vulnerable people, many of whom had multiple and complex needs, including mental health needs, substance misuse and alcohol dependency. Importantly the project aimed to support people to achieve their full creative potential and to be represented as artists in a professional manner. This included staging exhibitions e.g., ‘Collective’, an exhibition by Vision Impossible? Artists at Empire Gallery, Vyner Street, E8 and organising and hosting fundraising events, e.g., ‘Collabor8’, an auction, exhibition and music event held at the Vibe Gallery, E1. Amanda also developed a programme of continual professional development seminars for Artists.
Artist / Community Arts
As a Visual Artist Amanda has led school holiday workshops for ‘Kith and Kids’, (E5), Grosvenor House and Whitefield School (E17), working with children and teenagers with learning and physical disabilities. At Lauriston Primary School, (E9), she worked with young children as part of the Whitechapel Open Exhibition.
In 1995 Amanda worked for 3 months for Mona Hatoum assembling a series of artworks. She also worked at Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop in the Mould department on the following films; Dinosaurs 2, A Christmas Carol, Flintstones, Never Ending Story 3.
Curating – Visual Arts
Amanda has curated exhibitions for various mental health charities, including the Studio Upstairs auction and exhibition at the Spice Festival, Bullion Theatre, Hackney Empire, E8 in 2005 and at St. James’s House, NW1, in-house annual art and craft exhibitions; 1992 – 2000 & 2004.
Amanda managed Studio 17 at Tramdepot, E5 and was one of the curators of group and solo exhibitions 1994 – 1999, as part of an independent Artists’ group run gallery.
‘When the Dust Settles’ at The Bunker, in 2010, was a co-curated three day event including an exhibition of sculptural installations and a programme of short films and sound performances by several London based Artists in a subterranean space in Dalston.