Approved: 18.07.2014

Amanda Loomes

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 18.07.2014

People at work have always preoccupied me. I am particularly moved by the effort of people whose work goes unnoticed, or work that becomes erased or undone. In my practice I am drawn to record their labour to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer. I usually work with the short experimental documentary form, wryly utilizing the redemptive power of non-linear video editing in is

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    Artist Statement

    People at work have always preoccupied me. I am particularly moved by the effort of people whose work goes unnoticed, or work that becomes erased or undone. In my practice I am drawn to record their labour to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer. I usually work with the short experimental documentary form, wryly utilizing the redemptive power of non-linear video editing in is ability to speed up, reverse, repeat and stop. Working with and through people is a key part of my practice and I often encourage people to make a creative response to the situation in which we find ourselves, partly out of curiosity and because of the reciprocity this sets up. Through my work I consider the frailty and resilience of human endeavour.

    CV & Education

    Education and Qualifications

     MA, Fine Art Painting, The Royal College of Art, 2006.

    BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art Painting, University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2004.

    BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Civil Engineering, City University, 1990. 

    Solo and Two Person Exhibitions/Installations

    The Custody Code, Alice Holt and Kielder Forest, Forestry England, 2019

    Formation Level, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2019

    Supporting Material, with Ian ParkerHerbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury, 2017

    Spiky Black, with Alison Carlier, Metal, Southend, 2017

    Keepers, Trust New Art, The National Trust, Lyme, 2016

    Spoil and Fill, studio1.1, 2014

    Selected Exhibitions

    Triple Harvest, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art online exhibition, 2020

    Isolation, The London Group, online exhibition, 2020

    In the Dark II, The Cello Factory, London 2020

    Westmorland Landscape Prize, Rheged Centre, 2019

    A Persistent Place, Kunsthauschen Herrliberg, Zurich, 2019

    Surrey Unearthed, Leith Hill Place Surrey, 2018

    Oriel Davies Open, 2018

    Shoreham Sculpture Trail, The London Group, 2017

    The Mesh, Watermans Art Centre, 2017

    Personal Relations: International Miniature Portrait Exhibition, Touring 2016/17

    Keepers, Trust New Art, The National Trust, Lyme, 2016

    HOUSE 2015, The Regency Town House Basement, Brighton, 2015

    Bridge, The Cello Factory, London, 2015

    South Central Open, aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2014/15

    Deptford Stories, Anthology Deptford Foundry, 2014

    The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, 2014

    From Bomberg to Rego, Southampton City Art Gallery, 2014.

    Jerwood Open Forest, Jerwood Space, 2014.

    The London Group on London, The Cello Factory, 2014.

    +100, The London Group Today, The Cello Factory, 2013.

    The London Group at 100, Mottisfont National Trust, 2013.

    Centenary Exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor, PM Gallery, 2013

    On my behalf: Self-Portraits from The London Group, The Cumberland, 2012

    EMERGENCY5, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2011/2012

    Th’Owd Towser Show, Holmfirth, 2011

    Artists in residence, Dorking, 2010

    Inspirations, Kensington and Chelsea College, 2010

    The Free Art Fair, London, 2009.

    Multichannel, ArtSway, 2008.

    Breathing Space: In response to 1, Chiltern Street, 2008.

    Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2007.

    The End of the Pier International Film Festival, 2007.

    Arcade, New Quebec Street, London, 2006.

    Generation, The Royal College of Art, 2006.

    Les Shops A Let Dans L’Air We Breath, New Quebec Street, London, 2005.

    Future Map, The Arts Gallery, London, 2004.


    Awards, Residencies & Commissions

    The Custody Code – Forestry England Centenary Film, 2019

    Arts Council England Project Grants, 2018/19 - Formation Level

    Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, 2016/17 - Spiky Black

    Artquest Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre, 2016.

    Metal Culture, NetPark LAB, 2015.

    HOUSE 2015, co-comission HOUSE/Photoworks

    South Central Open Winner

    Arts Council England 2013.

    Jerwood Open Forest shortlisted artist, 2013.

    How We Make and How We Might Make, Wysing Escalator Retreat, 2013.

    Dis(chorus), LUX Associate Artists Programme Residency, 2012.

    Arts Council England, 2010.

    Short-listed for the arc award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2009.

    Winner of Mini Green Documentary at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007.

    Short-listed for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2006 & 2007.

    Collaborations, Broadcasts, Interviews, Talks and Public Events

    2020 The London Group Annual, Artist Talk online

    2020 Triple Harvest, review by Jon Blackwood

    2019 Incidental Assembly: with Incidental Unit at South London Gallery 

    2019 The Custody Code: Broadcast on Resonance FM

    2019 The Custody Code: Arts Society Talk, Alice Holt Forest

    2019 The Custody Code: In conversation with Joy Sleeman, Alice Holt Forest

    2019 Working in Industry: Seminar with Erika Balsom and Gareth Bell-Jones, Aspex Gallery

    2018 Persistent Place: Screening at Titsey Place for quarry workers.

    2018 Making Sense: Collaborative film with Drive Projects for Headly Court Military Hospital

    2018 University of the Creative Arts: Lecture to students on MA Fine Art Canterbury

    2018 Spiky Black: Broadcast on Borealis Radio Space, Bergen, Norway

    2017 Spiky Black: Broadcast on Resonance FM + talk with Alison Carlier at Metal, Southend

    2016/7 Spiky Black: Collaboration with Alison Carlier and Metal, Southend

    2015 House Biennale: Talk at the Regency Town House with Nathan Coley and Joseph Popper

    2014 Swartha: A working wood: Filmed and edited with Bradford Environmental Trust

    2014 Spoil and Fill: Collaboration with Marenka Gabeler and Charmian Griffen

    2011 Out of the Blue: Filmed and edited with Ackroyd & Harvey for Artsadmin What on Earth

    2010 - 2017 The London Group Working Committee with responsibility for the Open

    2010 Free to Air:  Internship with Film and Video Umbrella 

    2010 Longstories; Collaboration with Marenka Gabeler for Roche

    2003 - 2010 Curating exhibitions on The Portman Estate, London

    2008/07 Writer for Round Table Review, Next Level and Total:spec

    2005 Short stories about painting: Filmed and edited with Jeffery Dennis

    Career History

    Freelance artist/filmmaker, undertaking commissioned and self-initiated projects. 2006 to present. 

    Artists talks and seminars: The Arts Society at Alice Holt, 2019; Working in Industry with Erika Balsom and Gareth Bell-Jones, Aspex Gallery, 2019; South London Gallery with Incidental Assembly, 2019; talk with students on Forest Management BSc, Kielder, 2019. 

    Screenings outside of galleries include: Farnham Eco Cinema, 2019; Dorking Green Room Theatre (Mole Valley Arts Alive), 2019; Titsey Place (for the workers at the sand quarries), 2018; The Institution of Civil Engineers, 2019.

    Commissioned by Forestry England to make The Custody Code film installation to celebrate the centenary of The Forestry Commission. The project aimed to increase footfall in the forests, provide new insight for forest visitors and act as a legacy for the staff. Working with project managers Parker Harris. 2018/2019

    Solo exhibition Formation Level at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, funded by the Arts Council. Included two new films, Time & Motion, made with the workers at Johnston Road Sweeper factory, and Surfacing made with the road contractor FM Conway. The exhibition included a touch tour for the blind and partially sited, 2019.

    Commissioned by Surrey Hills Arts as part of Surrey Unearthed. Worked with two sand quarries to produce Whole and Persistent Place. Facilitated reciprocal visits with workers at the quarries and Surrey Industrial History Society to Reigate Caves and the working quarries, 2018.

    Film projects to provide legacy documentaries: Making Sense, Headley Court Military Hospital - documenting an art project with injured military personnel, 2018; Swartha, A Working Wood, Heritage Lottery funded project with Bradford Environmental Action Trust, 2014.

    Working Committee of The London Group, developing the Open Exhibition and managing open submissions with over 1000 applicants, 2010 to 2017.

    Commissioned by Trust New Art to produce the film Keepers for the National Trust, Lyme. Keepers was purchased by the National Trust for their collection, 2016.

    Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 and Photoworks to produce film installation Relict Material for the Regency Town House Brighton. This included working with the marine aggregate industry and filming at sea on an aggregate dredging ship, 2015.

    Winner of South Central Open at Aspex Gallery, 2015.

    Spoil and Fill, Arts Council funded project to film the demolition of a building in the City of London. Working with artist Marenka Gabeler on a pop up book and writer Charmian Griffen, 2014.

    Shortlisted for Jerwood Open Forest. R&D for film project with the Forestry Commission, 2013/2014.

    Editing of film Out of the Blue for artists Ackroyd & Harvey, as part of the ArtsadminUK project What on Earth, 2011.

    Sessional Teacher - University of the Creative Arts (Epsom), 2010 to 2012.

    Internship with Film and Video Umbrella working on a community outreach project in West London as part of Free to Air, 2010.

    Recipient of an Arts Council England Award for a community art project, From your Perspective, which took documentary photography into schools and included landscape painting workshops on a large housing estate in Surrey, 2010.

    Commissioned by the Dutch pharmaceutical company Roche, in collaboration with artist Marenka Gabeler, to make a film as part of the Longstories art project that highlights personnel stories behind lung cancer,, 2010.

    Organising and curating art exhibitions on The Portman Estate, London, including press material, leases, insurances and advertising, 2003 to 2010. 

    Commissioned by curator Rose Lejuene to film and edit the documentary Looking for a Reason which involved working with firemen from Euston fire station whilst they searched a disused fire station, 2008.

    Filming and editing of documentary Neighbours, a juxtaposition between the peace protestor Brian Haw and the Hansard writers in the Houses of Parliament, 2006.

    Filming and editing of documentary I was glad, looking at the role of work and art with the stonemasons at St Paul's Cathedral, 2005.

    Filming and editing of DVD included in the publication Short Stories about Painting edited by Jeffrey Dennis, 2005.

    Teaching placements at Reading and Kingston Universities, June 2006.

    Writer for online arts review magazine and Next Level and total: spec arts magazines, 2007 to 2008.

    Site Engineer and Project Manager for Wimpey Construction, with responsibility for programme, working methods, safety and quality on sites as diverse as Belmarsh Prison, Sainsbury supermarkets and the A303 at Yeovil, 1985 to 1996.