The foundation of Amy Pennington’s practice is working with people often using performance, drawing, film, events & conversations. Working collaboratively with people as participants or co-creators, often in everyday spaces including hairdressers, care homes, parks, a working men’s club. Making work that sensitively takes notice of human relationships and socio-political issues, and often works with people or groups that are on the fringes of society. Using everyday materials, like cardboard to transgress the boundaries of high and low art. In her work, familiarity and accessibility are political strategies to spark a conversation, which soon reaches more complex terrain.
Amy P works within institutions as well as self-organised groups and in the public realm. In 2014 she set up ‘Mildmay Collective’ with care home residents and in 2016 she setup a 6 month residency at the trans-led Queer friendly hairdressers ‘Open barbers’ both projects were funded by the Arts Council.
She has been commissioned by TATE Liverpool, PEER, SLG, Pump House gallery, Home Live Art, In-situ and is currently Artist in Residence at Heritage Envelopes for The Festival of Making Art in Manufacturing program.