I studied art at Falmouth School of Art in the late 1980's, when it was still a tiny Fine Art College. I worked mostly with printmaking and mixed media in those days, integrating textiles and wordsinto my pieces. I had kids as soon as I left Falmouth, and got rather distracted by having to create things that I could pick up & put down around childcare, and also with making a more consistent income than I might have been able to make as an artist.
A graduate of Goldsmiths' College, London, Amanda pioneered a technique for combining fabrics such as silks, satins and velvets to form richly coloured textile collages. These dynamic artworks varywith changing light continually presenting a fresh experience to the viewer. Widely travelled, the artist lived on San Juan Island in Washington State for ten years. Having returned to Cornwall she continues selling her work internationally both to private and corporate clients.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - 1940). All exhibitions include West Cornwall's important and uniquehistoric art, incorporating paintings from both public and private collections.
Now occupying a unique Georgian building, with its vaulted domed ceiling providing an incredible pool of natural light, the gallery offers one of the largest exhibition areas in the county. Over twofloors, the clean lines and simple layout provide a fresh, bright space in which to appreciate the work of Cornwall's leading and talented emerging artists.
Cornwall Contemporary opened on 1st September 2006. Director, Sarah Brittain has been involved in the arts since graduating from Falmouth College of Art in 1996. With years of experience in workingwith artists, she is the author of Behind the Canvas - 40 artists living and working in Penwith and has also collaborated on and contributed to numerous artist catalogues and books.
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