Creative Conversations: Amanda Thomson

Creative Conversations: Amanda Thomson

College of Arts Creative Conversations
Date: Monday 17 October 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: University Memorial Chapel
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who is also a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. Originally trained as a printmaker, her interdisciplinary work is often about notions of home, movements, migrations, landscapes and the natural world and how places come to be made. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her writing has appeared in The Willowherb ReviewGutter and the anthologies Antlers of Water, Writing on the Nature and Environment of Scotland, edited by Kathleen Jamie, and The Wild Isles: An Anthology of the Best British and Irish nature writing edited by Patrick Barkham. She earned her doctorate in interdisciplinary arts practice, based around the landscapes and the forests of the North of Scotland, in 2013. She lives and works in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands, and Glasgow. Her first book, A Scots Dictionary of Nature, is published by Saraband Books; and a collaboration with Elizabeth Reeder, microbursts, a collection of lyric and intermedial essays, is published by Prototype Publishing.

Her second book, belonging: natural histories of place, identity and home is published by Canongate Books, August 2022.

Mainly in Sinuosities, explorations and interventions on the Union Canal in Edinburgh, was commissioned as part of Channels, the Associate Artist Programme curated by Emmie McLuskey, part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2022

She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with Cairngorms Connect - a landscape restoration project with a 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park, with Elizabeth Reeder and Robbie Synge.

Creative Conversations is funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.

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