Amanda Bright is an academic and maker. Her subject background is in the applied arts, specifically metalwork. She has worked in HE for over 30 years, combining teaching and external examining in this subject area with academic and curriculum development and quality assurance activity at national and international levels, and she has contributed to the development of a number of successful institutional HE collaborative partnerships in the UK, Hong Kong and Japan.
Over the last 15 years she has chaired or contributed as a panel member to over twenty Academic Reviews, validations and revalidations, both nationally and internationally. Having worked with QAA as a Subject Specialist and Institutional Auditor, in 2016 she was appointed as a Specialist Reviewer for the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and has been a panel member on two TNE partnerships.
Most recently (2018), she was invited to be the keynote speaker and to lead a workshop at the 5th International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Addressing the conference theme of ‘Arts and Humanities as Visionary Practices in a Changing World’, she spoke to opportunities within curricula to challenge and change individual habits in relation to consumption and waste and their environmental impact.
Her passion for making, for materiality and for ‘learning by doing’ sit at the heart of everything she does. Educated at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art, London, from where she graduated in 1987, she specialised in patination and in the material properties of metal, particularly ferrous metals.
In 1988, as part of the bi-centennial celebrations in Australia, she was invited to Canberra School of Art to represent the UK in a Metalsmith’s masterclass, and ten years later, in the catalogue accompanying the major metalwork exhibition, 'Metalmorphosis', at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, (Nov 1998 - Feb 1999) was described as 'one of the most original and influential metalwork artists of her generation'.
She is best known for her innovative exploration of textile techniques in metal, and her stitched and woven metal forms have been purchased for a number of national collections in the UK, including
The Crafts Council;
Contemporary Arts Society;
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery;
South East Arts Craft Collection;
Walker Art Gallery.
Her interest in stitch and in metal and textiles continues, with articles and reviews published in the specialist textiles magazine, Selvedge (2008-2016).
She has led public workshops and given lectures across the UK, Europe and Australia and her work has been exhibited widely at venues including the V&A, London; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, Munich; Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway and Dutch Textile Museum (DTM), Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Prior to her post at the University of Brighton she was Associate Dean of Academic Development at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Master, Royal College of Art
30 Sep 1984 → 30 Jun 1987
Bachelor, University of the Arts London
30 Sep 1980 → 30 Jun 1983
Specialist Reviewer, Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
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