This month we meet the talented Amy Nettleton who, when she isn’t making sculptures for the 2012 Paralympics, can be found teaching arts workshops to a wide and diverse audience including children and adults with additional needs.
Amy is currently taking part in our Step Up project, which sees her collaborating with an artist with a learning disability to make new works together.
Name: Amy Louise Nettleton
Can you tell us a little bit about your own practice?
I am a professional exhibiting artist with a Master’s degree in Fine Art sculpture. I use found materials and am interested in life cycle. I have made sculptures out of human hair, gold, egg shells, fruit and even taxidermy! I have a very busy life, when not making I am delivering art workshops to a whole range of people from professional artists to young school children. Most of my community work is with children and adults with additional needs. I also sign Makaton and BSL so that comes in useful! I sold my first piece of work aged 14 for £200, that was 17 years ago.
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
In the past twelve months I have had a baby so she has taken up quite a lot of time. It was a while back now but I was commissioned to make outdoor interactive sculptures for the 2012 Paralympics which was great fun and part of the Suffolk celebrations. I have exhibited in some great galleries too and now my daughter is a bit older I am back to finding new opportunities!
Which Suffolk Artlink projects have you worked on to date?
JumpstART and a new project called Step Up where I’m collaborating with an artist with a learning disability to make new works together.
How has working with Suffolk Artlink influenced your work?
Working with Suffolk Artlink is great, I have met up with lots of people I have worked with in the past and it’s fantastic to see how far they have come and how their talent has evolved. One participant that sticks in my memory is Mark, who’s work with his feet and hands is just beautiful and full of communication.
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in 3 words?
Empowering, artistic, knowledgeable.
Find out more about Amy Louise: www.amylouisenettleton.co.uk