Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker who invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Her work gives careful consideration to the impact we have on each other and the world.
For 15 years she has been investigating people and our relationship to water, floating boats on swimming pools, swimming across London, dowsing rivers and gathering donations for Museum of Water. Museum of Water was in Somerset House for summer 2014, has since toured to over 50 locations worldwide, and has been visited by over 65,000 people. The Museum has spent two years in The Netherlands and Western Australia and was nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016.
In 2013 she won the Sculpture Shock prize from the Royal British Society of Sculptors for her work on falling, which looks at our daily trips and stumbles, the precariousness of life, exploring risk, daring and shame, and questioning our need to be UP. Her writing about falling in Live Art was published in Performance Research no. 18 and the Live Art Almanac 4, a collection of the best writing on live art 2012-14. Her films have been shown across Europe and the Middle East, she has two books on her own work – SWIM and Museum of Water – and her work appears in various collections: Walking’s New Movement, Playing for Time, Artsadmin 30.
In 2014 Amy was one of 10 artists selected for Museums at Night; she was won by Swansea Museum in a national vote and made DAYTRIP with them, an invitation to fall in the sea with her, filmed by BBC. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship Award, and in 2017 she organised the Fry’s Island Swim, a swim for 80 people in the Thames River in the heart of Reading, and is currently encouraging people to sign up to Swim the Thames, a swim across the river in London. She is an Associate Artist at CCANW.
She is an activist for women’s rights and co-curator of WALKING WOMEN, a series of events in London and Edinburgh across 2016, and of DAYLIGHT, a newspaper which brings focus to women’s art, thinking and speculations, launching at the Wellcome Collection in October 2018. This year sees the opening of a major solo exhibition of her work – only ever almost there opens at Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery November 2018 – February 2019.