Modern Makers 2020

Call out for Modern Makers 2020! Applications open.

Deadline: 22/11/2019

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Amanda's studio. Photo by Colin Tennant
Amanda's studio. Photo by Colin Tennant

Upland | Call for Modern Makers 2020:  
A programme for young people (30 years and under) to learn craft skills.

Lead maker for the 2020 programme: Amanda Simmons

We are delighted to open applications for Modern Makers 2020 and are looking for young people to take part. This is a unique chance to work with renowned glass artist Amanda Simmons, learning about her work and processes as a maker. This programme would suit young people interested in a creative career and looking to learn more about how makers create their work and make a living as a creative practitioner. The programme will allow participants to create their own work, using the techniques which Amanda works with and take part in a final exhibition at the end of the programme.

What is the Modern Makers project?
A chance for a small group of young people to be tutored intensively for 30 days by a professional maker to learn new skills and to develop their own practice. This year you will be able to experience hands-on learning with skilled glass artist Amanda Simmons, who creates kiln formed glass objects.

You will gain an insight into the different processes Amanda uses, which include printmaking and model making to ‘sketch’ out ideas for her three dimensional glass work, and also into how an artist/maker functions in today’s social and economic environment.  We hope that by working in a group, participants will gain new skills and confidence while at the same time be able to share ideas and build relationships through shared experience.

 Who is it for?

16 – 30 year olds from Dumfries and Galloway (you must be 30 years or under for the duration of the project)

Lead Maker for the 2020 programme is: Amanda Simmons

Amanda was one of the original makers involved in 2014’s Modern Heritage Craft (MHC), which ran for 10 days. We are very excited to work with Amanda on a new expanded programme for 2020.

Amanda is an internationally renowned glass artist. She has worked with glass for the past 16 years, graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design in London with Distinction studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before relocating to Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland in 2005. She has exhibited at Collect (Crafts Council) shown by Craft Scotland and Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), with London Glassblowing, Bullseye Projects in Portland, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, SOFA Chicago and Pittsburgh Glass Centre.

Find out more about Amanda’s work at her website: https://www.amandasimmons.co.uk/

Watch a video about Amanda’s process: https://vimeo.com/88595626

 Amanda has taught around the world including UK, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Denmark and Austria with organisations such as Bullseye Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Centre, Warm Glass in the UK and Art Glass Studio and Blue Dog Glass in Australia.