At the end of Part I of our walking tour around the City of London I stood everyone down the steps to the Thames near Cannon St and talked about the Hanseatic League, Cannon St’s suburban services, BT Mondial House, waste disposal barges at Walbrook Dock, and Julian Baggini‘s ideas about systems, efficiency and Britishness.
Feedback from the tour:
‘Infrastructure & Superstructure’ was an eye-opener and Amanda’s expertise and enthusiasm inspiring. Thank you!
I attended Amanda Lwin’s walk and I thought it was amazing. I didn’t realise it would be based around history of the area/buildings which I was very pleasantly surprised about. Amanda was really sweet and to my surprise she took us to a few spots I wasn’t aware of – which is great!
We had a wonderful talk and tour by Amanda Lwin, on the infrastructure of the City of London. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. Amanda was knowledgeable, engaging and thoughtful, and had obviously put a lot of effort into preparing. The walk was fascinating and we learnt so much.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in Sculpture in the City, a cultural initiative that turns the City of London to an urban sculpture park.
Exceptionally for this programme, which usually showcases already-existing works, I will be making this installation specifically for this site, Leadenhall Market, in the heart of the City.
The new work will be from my Capricious Cartography series – handwoven nets inspired by Polynesian fishing net-maps – which was developed from a Venice fellowship with the British Council.
Sculpture in the City launches to the public on 30 June and the new work will be up until May 2019.
This year, artists participating include Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. Previous years have featured Yayoi Kusuma, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor.
The selection jury this year was Iwona Blazwick (Director Whitechapel Gallery), Stephen Feeke (Director New Art Centre), Jane Allison (Head of Galleries Barbican) Wendy Fisher (Art Collector and Philanthropist), Robert Hiscox (Honorary Chairman Hiscox), and Whitney Hinz (Hiscox Curator).
I’ve just been awarded Arts Council funding to curate an exhibition and website about domestic interiors.
Six London-based painters will each work with a writer, together looking at a property being advertised within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, London E8 (where the final exhibition will take place). Working together, they will create an interpretation, story or narrative about this property – expressed through a series of images and a short text.
I’m incredibly excited to work with these artists and writers, each of whom makes brilliant work and I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce together.
British Airways have commissioned a short film about me and my practice:
It accompanies an artwork I created for the front cover of their First Class mag which uses the sculptural language developed in my series The Skyscraper Index to depict a fictive tower.
My studio in Wapping is halfway between London’s two skyscraper districts – the City of London and Canary Wharf. For this film we took a walk around the City on a cloudy day, and then visited the Stoke-on-Trent factories who make my metal sculptures. Lots of fun.
The show’s title, The Rebellious Script, is a term borrowed from Yuval Noah Harari’s 2011 book Sapiens describing the ‘partial script’ of maths and accountancy. Harari explains that while this incomplete script is unable to describe the full gamut of human interaction, it has nevertheless come to dominate our worldview.
I’m spending June in Venice on a Fellowship with the British Council. I spend half the time looking after the British Pavilion as part of the Biennale and the other half doing my own research.
The artist showing this year at the British Pavilion is Phyllida Barlow. When I started, I wasn’t especially fond of her works so it’s been an interesting experience spending so much time in their company. More and more, I feel like they want to get up and start jumping and dancing around the space. So I made these gifs.
“The hearth and the fireplace are as close as the contemporary secular Western dwelling comes to a shrine… the site of celebration and ritual” – Edwin Heathcote, The Meaning of Home
I enjoyed my weekend showing at Helena’s and Neil’s terraced house in the model town of Saltaire, Yorkshire as part of the Open Houses Arts Trail. Neil’s family was in the Merchant Navy and many of these trinkets are geniunely old. I thought they complemented the set-up quite nicely.