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Amy Pennington Artist Residency

Free

Amy Pennington (They/them) makes work that uses humour to connect human experiences and socio-political issues. They use everyday materials and accessible processes to challenge the binaries of ‘high and low art’, often using queer mechanisms such as campness or satire Amy makes films, drawings, books, and improvised performances + more. In their work, familiarity and accessibility are political strategies to spark a conversation, which soon reaches more complex terrain. 

The foundation of Amy’s practice is people: working collaboratively, as participants or co-creators, often in everyday spaces including hairdressers, care homes, parks or a factory. Each project follows the process of developing relationships with people and places which means the final work and how or where it is shown is born out of that specific context. Underlying these works is the question of who gets to express themselves, share their experiences and under what terms. 

Currently, in development, Amy is working on a film in collaboration with their family called How Does It Feel? During their residency at QUAD Amy will be researching, editing and filming some more of this work. 

Amy has made work within institutions as well as self-organised groups and in the public realm. They have been commissioned by TATE Liverpool, Battersea Art Centre, PEER, SLG, Pump House gallery, In-situ, Home live art, Heart Of Glass, Homotopia festival, The Horniman Museum, Left Coast, METAL, The National festival of making, Newlyn Art Gallery, LADA, and have closely worked with Open Barbers, Mildmay Care home, The Outside Project, and LGSMigrants. Amy is a board member for the alternative art school TOMA, in Southend. 

Follow their takeover on the @quad_gallery Instagram page between 30 May – 5 June.