Current/ upcoming, exhibitions, screenings, talks
SEEN, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Oct - 08 Jan 2022
Queer Fringe Film Festival, London, 2021
Hair : Untold stories, Horniman Museum (London), Tullie House (Carlisle), Weston Park Museum (Sheffield) Dec 2021-June 2023
Working class story telling - a film screening + talk with Amy Pennington & Lisa Mckenzie, WCML,Salford, 15 Dec 2021
How does it feel? Film work in progress, ACE funded in partnership with Working Class Movement Library+QUAD 2020 -to present
THEATRE CENTRE, Artist in residence, London, Aug 2020 - to present
Amy Pennington 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 drawings, books, DIY film and improvised performance. 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 that 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 that uses drag to talk about queer education through the TV, as well as a collaborative project with their newly found extended family.
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, Left Coast, The National festival of making, LADA, and have closely worked with Open Barbers, Mildmay Care home, The Outside Project, and LGSMigrants.