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. Undertaking these journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk, Amy creates work that is rich, unpredictable and different every time. This invitation and the bravery and invention of people’s responses, produces new avenues for exploration and fantastic visions within the everyday.
Amy has been making work about people and water for 10 years. She is well-known for making SWIM on 12 July 2007, when she invited 50 people to swim across London, from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. In 2009 she toured drift around England, taking people one at a time to drift on her boat in swimming pools up and down the country. In 2011 she completed London is a River City, a series of public walks tracing 7 of London’s buried rivers. WALBROOK was the largest of these walks, where 65 people were tied together to walk silently along the Walbrook riverbed through the City of London at rush hour. WALBROOK was part of Artsadmin's Two Degrees 2009.
In 2013, Amy won the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal Society of British Sculptors, undertaking a residency in Elizabeth Frink’s studio, where she began her work on falling. As well as making a series of falls herself, she worked with different groups of people for who falling has different resonances, including a group of over 60s, a group of people with depression, able bodied young people and primary school children, and devised in collaboration with them all the large group performance Time to Fall. The residency culminated in a solo exhibition Season for Falling and the live artwork Invitation to Fall, an open invitation for people to fall on the King's Road, which was later staged in the 350-seat theatre at Museum of London. Her longform essay 'An Anatomy of Falling' was published in Performance Research No 18, and reprinted in Live Art Almanac 4, a collection of the best writings on Live Art, 2015.
Amy has been the recipient of many bursaries and grants, most recently being nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship. Her film pause has been shown across Europe and the Middle East, and her work has been included in many collections now: Walking’s New Movement, There is Nothing, Downstream, Live Art Almanac 1 & 4, Artsadmin 30, Sculpture Shock.
In 2013 Amy began Museum of Water – a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. The Museum started on a street corner in Soho, commissioned by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Artakt, as part of the Bi-Centennial celebrations for John Snow. Snow's expeditions are echoed by the new journeys of people who have gathered water for the Museum across Europe and Australia now, offering a 21st Century look at water, begun in a time of critical flooding in the UK, and an era of Climate Change, where we all have our focus on a drier future. For four weeks Museum of Water was installed in the Dead House beneath the Somerset House fountains as part of LIFT 2014, co-commissioned with Artsadmin. It has since continued to tour the UK, across Europe and is currently touring Western Australia, in collaboration with Perth International Arts Festival and the WA Museum. Each time it is presented with different and extraordinary cultural programmes. In 2014, Museum of Water was awarded Best Temporary Exhibition in the Museum Oskars, and awarded a Special Commendation, Nick Reeves Award for Arts, Water and the Environment. Museumm of Water has been visited by over 40,000 people across 50 sites worldwide, and was nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016.
In 2016 Amy curated a hugely popular festival of water across Reading, Do Rivers dream of Oceans? and she continues to urge people to reconnect with the water that surrounds them: Swim the Thames is a proposal for a mass swim across the River Thames in London.