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Amy Wilson is an artist, educator and poet from Glasgow, Scotland.

Her current areas of interest consider the emerging links between socially engaged art and 21st century learning practices, particularly the theories, tools and forms that fit the characteristics of Learning for Sustainability. Situational and experiential in nature, the projects that she has facilitated and developed are informed by interdisciplinary collaborations which focus on the generative and emerging ways in which a person’s sense of agency can take shape through the arts. Her focus on creative, physical, performative and participative encounters offers the opportunity for the development of the critical, creative and adaptive tool/skills needed for learning, living and cooperating in a changing world. 

Wilson’s most recent project took place on the Isle of Gigha, Scotland where she led a community-based series of site specific regeneration projects supported by The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Grow Wild UK and the Big Lottery Fund. 

Wilson is the founder of international artist collective N_92-3, a member of Earth Charter International's Youth Network and a graduate of The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.  She is currently based in Vancouver, Canada where she is undertaking an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. 

EXHIBITIONS/

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Living Objects 2017-18, 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.

2016 Scavengers Shelter, Solas Festival 2016 (Beyond Borders): Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Perth, Scotland.

2015 Monuments, Rainbow Valley Annual Showcase, Art4U 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 (11), Chemnitz, Germany.

2014 Smash the Screens [Act 3], Begehungen Festival (11), 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. 

CURATION/

2017 Isle of Stories Festival 2017, Isle of Gigha, Scotland.

2017 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.

COLLECTIVE/

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."

RESIDENCIES/

2017 Isle of Gigha School and Pre-Five Unit, Isle of Gigha, Scotland. 

As Artist in Residence and Development Officer for Sustainability and Innovation Wilson oversaw the delivery of creative projects which supported the Schools Education for Sustainable Development programme. 

Earth Charter Inspired Project Season, Spring 2017

The Earth Charter in a universal expression of ethical principles to foster a more sustainable future. As part of this learning programme workshops introduced students aged 5-11 to key Ecoliteracy concepts through places 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 Season, Summer 2017

This course merged the teaching of Botany with the essential skills of digital journalism. Skills in Botanical Drawing, Sculpture, film and photography are introduced in this course. Amy also managed the Isle of Gigha School Community Gardening Club which aims to provide the school community with locally grown, organic fruit and vegetables. This involves the teaching of garden design and basic construction and horticultural skills.

BEE WILD! Learning Garden, Autumn 2017

The creation of a new learning garden and series of micro regeneration projects on the school grounds sponsored by Grow Wild UK, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Big Lottery Fund.

2014 Begehungen Festival (11), 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.

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. 

PUBLICATIONS/

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. 

AWARDS/

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.