Amy Wilson is a visual artist, educator and poet from Glasgow, Scotland. Wilson’s visual art practice is deployed through hybrid collaborative projects combining sculpture, horticulture, installation, and performance. Informed by land-based learning practices, her works create opportunities for the cultivation of careful and attentive responses towards the ecological and material relations within which humans are enmeshed with nonhumans. Wilson’s recent works include a series of performative installations titled Living Objects (2017 - ongoing) that engage nonhuman plants and organisms in emergent encounters with humans through the co-creation of livable, propositional spaces of making and care.
Wilson has exhibited and led learning projects throughout the UK and Europe. She is a graduate of the Leith School of Art and the University of Oxford. Wilson’s most recent community projects include a series of learning gardens supported by The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Grow Wild UK and the Big Lottery Fund. Wilson is the cofounder of the international research network Isle of Stories, the founder of artist collective N_92-3 and a member of Earth Charter International's Learning Network.
Wilson is currently living and working within the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations (Vancouver), Canada where she is undertaking an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
2019 Edgelands, 2019. MFA Graduating Exhibition 2019: Currents. Audain Gallery: SFU Galleries, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Vancouver, Canada.
2018 Living Objects, 2018. MFA Spring Show: Gallimaufry, Audain Gallery: SFU Galleries, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Vancouver, Canada.
2017 Living Objects, 2017. W.I.P Group Show, 611 Alexander Visual Art Studios. Vancouver, Canada.
2016 Scavengers Shelter. Solas Festival 2016 (Beyond Borders): Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Perth, Scotland.
2015 Monuments. Rainbow Valley Annual Showcase, Art for You Scotland, A4U Scotland Studios. Glasgow, Scotland.
2015 TC 222.303. Ruskin Degree Show at Green Shed Gallery. Oxford, England.
2015 191 Descriptions of 191 Bodies [Files 1-3]. The Ruskin Shorts at Oxford Modern Art Gallery. Oxford, England.
2015 191 Descriptions of 191 Bodies [Files 1-3]. Thisistomorrow Contemporary Art Archive, Live from Oxford Modern Art Gallery. Oxford, England.
2015 Snarl. Oxford University Press. Oxford, England.
2015 >unidentified_mass<. Ruskin BFA Group Show, The North Wall Arts Centre. Oxford, England.
2014 Letters. Begehungen Festival 2014. Chemnitz, Germany.
2014 Smash the Screens [Act 3]. Begehungen Festival 14. Chemnitz, Germany.
2014 Crazy horse - 1 - 8 - you_are_free_to_engage – Over. The Psychological: Edgar Wind Society Exhibition Series (2), Freud’s Bar. Oxford, England.
2013 All those Screens. Ruskin School of Art Prelim Show, Bullingdon Road Studios. Oxford, England.
2013 [a - tomos] + Quarks. Ruskin School of Art Anatomy Showcase, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Oxford, England.
2013 Props for Performance. The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Oxford, England.
2012 HOMS. Leith School of Art Degree Show, The Leith School of Art. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Wilson is the founder of artist collective N_92-3. Established in 2016, N_92-3 unites a group of international artists.
"Although divided by our physical locations, we have come together in our desire to make meaningful sense of our lives through artistic practice. We speak, live and create in different ways, yet we are all storytellers looking to enlarge our horizons. Together we are stronger. We create opportunities for ourselves and others, we learn from one another through acts of making and in community we help each other carry more complex projects."
2017 Isle of Gigha School and Pre-Five Unit, Isle of Gigha, Scotland.
As Artist in Residence Wilson facilitated creative, place based, learning adventures in nature for the school community and the public. See Summary of key projects below.
Earth Charter Inspired Projects, Spring 2017
The Earth Charter in a universal expression of ethical principles to foster a more sustainable future. As part of our learning programme this workshop series introduced students aged 5-11 to key Ecoliteracy concepts through placed based learning adventures. Concepts explored included: Ecosystems, Decomposition and Plastic in the Oceans. This series was supported by Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Youth Network.
Glorious Gardens Project, Summer 2017
This hybrid course combines an introduction to botany and digital journalism. Skills in botanical drawing, sculpture, film and photography are introduced in this course. Amy also helped establish the Isle of Gigha School Community Gardening Club which aims to provide the school community with locally grown, organic fruit and vegetables. This involved the teaching of garden design and basic construction and horticultural skills to an intergenerational public. Award winning garden designed by Isle of Gigha School showcased and exhibited at Gardening Scotland 2017, Scotland’s Premier Horticultural Festival.
BEE WILD! Learning Garden, Autumn 2017
BEE Wild! is a series of micro restoration projects supported by Grow Wild UK, Kew Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund. Wilson’s role involved designing and creating a learning garden and developing a series of community micro gardens on the Isle of Gigha in partnerships with the Isle of Gigha School and Pre-Five Unit and the Isle of Gigha School Community. These ongoing garden projects focus on increasing local biodiversity, caring for endangered species and creating spaces for sharing and generating knowledge of indigenous plants and culture. This included running workshops, horticultural sessions/lessons, managing an intergenerational team of gardeners and working with our funders, sponsors and supporting groups. She also oversaw the creation of the documentary film for the project.
2014 Begehungen Festival 2014, Chemnitz, Germany.
As Artist in Residence Wilson was commissioned to create publicly engaged art works within the city of Chemnitz. Her work with the festival culminated in the creation of site specific works focusing on Human Rights storytelling involving locals, volunteers and Begehungen artists.
2013 Big Stuff Enterprise Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland.
[July 2010 - August 2013]
As Artist in Residence Wilson created, delivered and developed intergenerational arts workshops and programmes that aimed to promote global citizenship and sustainable living. Additionally she facilitated volunteer training for several projects which saw young volunteers working in festival environments to support the running of youth and children’s arts programming.
2017 Isle of Stories Festival 2017. Isle of Gigha, Scotland.
2017 Tropicana Pony. Kirsty Boutle Solo Exhibition. Six Foot Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland.
2017 Render: Craig Black, Louise Dautheribes Mckerl and Richard Martin. Six Foot Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland.
2017 Jewellery Showcase: Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté. Six Foot Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland.
2016 Council of Animals. Solas Festival 2016 (Beyond Borders): Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Perth, Scotland.
2015 >Body 27<, Ruskin Degree Show Catalogue 2015, Oxford University Press, June 2015.
2014 “Commands for Matter Estate”, Begehungen Festival 2014 Catalogue, Begehungen Print, August 2014.
2014 “Check out this Vision" with Irina Iordache, A RUSKIN MAGAZINE [text], ISSUE 5, Oxford Printmakers Co-operative, June 2014.
2014 “Every dog is King, Bitch”, A RUSKIN MAGAZINE [image], ISSUE 5, Oxford University Press, June 2014.
2014 "Crazy horse - 1 - 8 - you_are_free_to_engage – Over >> loading....”, Edgar Wind Society Magazine, Hillary ISSUE, May 2014.
2013 “Redirect the energy flow, distill the mass, give weight to time”, Oxford Left Review Magazine, ISSUE 10, June 2013.
2018 Helen Pitt Graduate Scholarship Award, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
2018 Travel and Minor Research Award, SCA, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
2018 Simon Fraser Graduate VISA Bursary, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
2017 Steven Shane Annual Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia,Canada.
2017 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
2017 Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Award, Scottish Book Trust.
2017 Transform a Space Award 2017, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Grow Wild UK, Big Lottery Fund.
2017 Scholarship for Leadership, Ethics and Sustainability, Earth Charter International, University of Peace, UNESCO.
2016 Artist Bursary Award, Solas Festival 2016 (Beyond Borders), Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture, Innovation and Design Programme.
2015 Performance Award, The Ruskin Shorts, Oxford Modern Art Gallery.