Queer Company, socially engaged LGBTQ+ young peoples project, Heart Of Glass, St Helens – Feb – On Going
Small Radical Acts, Left Coast, May-July 2020
Advocate Of Play, Gwent Arts In Health, July 2020
Domestic drag, Studio Voltaire, June 2020
Time & Space Residency, METAL, Southend, Jan 2020
Oddly Making, TOMA , Southend, 2019
L.A.L FEELGOOD , funded by ACE, July 2019- Dec 2019
LADA DIY St Helens, Heart Of Glass, Performance for shy people playwriting for dyslexics by Amy Pennington & Ania Bas, Nov 18 – 19 2019
Art in manufacturing, Artist Residency, The Festival Of Making, Blackburn March – June 2019
Mis-shapes, Pump House Gallery Project space , London Jan – March, London, 2019
Right Royal Knnnes up, Heart of glass, St Helens, 2018
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.
Recent works include a fake community centre come trade show that critiques the ‘wellbeing’ industry, and instigating a correspondence between workers in an envelope factory and the outside world. 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.