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Research interests

Amy Cunningham is a multidisciplinary artist, lecturer and researcher, who uses the singing voice, video, materials and drawing to explore the texture, patterns and glitches in technologies and environments. Addressing both the obsolete and the futuristic, her artworks have included a fictional computer game in a real 18th century garden, opera as a video installation and an Internet broadcast as a song cycle. 

Selected works on video can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/amycunningham

A recent body of work ‘The Difference Machine’ focussed on the role and representation of women in the assimilation of technology into culture. This work has taken the form of a series of performances and installations for voice, sound, music composition and video. The first two works in the series 'Personal Wireless' and 'On Standby' were exhibited at Soundwaves Festival Brighton and St James's Piccadilly London in 2011. The third work in the series 'Oracle' was exhibited at IKON Gallery Birmingham as part of Autumn Almanac: The Voice and the Lens, curated by Third Ear and Sam Belinfante in 2012.The most recent work in this series 'Smart Appliances' for soprano voice, cello and video was first performed as part of Sounding Food and Music curated by Contemporary Connections, The Old Market Theatre, Hove, UK 2014.

The exploration of the mediated voice in her practice is underpinned by a wider investigation into the role of the voice in contemporary art. The Voice Laboratory, a research network founded by Amy in 2009 initiates cross-disciplinary debate and acts as a platform for new work by way of symposia, seminars, workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Scholarly biography

Cunningham has exhibited her sound composition, performance, installation, drawing and screen-based work in various galleries and festivals in Europe and USA including, Stevens Institute of Technology, IKON Gallery, Cafe OTO, The Forge Camden, St James's Piccadilly, Norwich Gallery, Kulturens Hus Luleå Sweden, ZINGERpresents Netherlands, Slade Research Centre London, Towner Gallery, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, Portland Sculpture Quarry Trust, Brighton Festival, Soundwaves Festival, SC Gallery Croatia and Serpentine Gallery London. She studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, London and Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She has received a number of awards and grants for her artworks including the New Music Incubator PRS For Music Foundation, Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts, European Cultural Foundation and the British Council.

In parallel to her individual solo practice, Cunningham works collaboratively and collectively including with the Voice Laboratory which she founded in 2009 and with the art collective SpRoUt of whom she has been a key member since 2004. 

Amy is Senior Lecturer in MA Fine Art and BA Fine Art Sculpture and is Course Leader of MA Fine Art, University of Brighton.

Approach to teaching

Site-specific practice, drawing, vocal performance, multi-media installation, and sound are areas of research, which inform Amy's teaching. Her specialisms include; mentoring, research project supervision, seminars and the the facilitation of student led learning in practical workshops as well as supporting independent reflective learning and teaching.

Amy is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, U.K and was awarded a teaching excellence award in 2007 by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Brighton. In 2012 she worked alongside colleague Jane Fox to investigate the role of documentation in Music and Visual Art, with 'Exploding the Workbook' for which a learning and teaching fellowship award was granted. In 2014 Amy began 'Walk Write Create' a collaborative research-led learning and teaching project with colleagues Shirley Chubb (University of Chichester) and Jac Cattaneo (Brighton Metropolitan College) for which a University of Brighton learning and teaching scholarship was awarded to develop the project.

Amy has taught at various academic institutions including Slade School of Fine Art, West Dean College, Chichester, University of East Anglia, Kings College London and University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests include fine art, video, multi-media installation, sound, voice, performance, site-specific art and cultural histories of technology.


Education/Academic qualification

Master, Centre for Learning and Teaching

1 Sep 200430 Jun 2005

Master, University College London

1 Oct 20001 Oct 2002

Bachelor, University of the Arts London

29 Sep 19971 Jul 2000

External positions

External Examiner BA (Hons) Fine Art, Level 5, Northumbria University

1 Sep 20141 Jan 2018

External Examiner MA Fine Art, University of Reading

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2015

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, UK

1 Jul 2006 → …


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • video art
  • sound art
  • mediated practice
  • texture
  • technology
  • landscape
  • women and technology
  • drawing
  • screen based practice
  • site-specific art work
  • site-sensitive art work
  • history of technology
  • M Music
  • singing
  • music composition
  • vocal ensemble
  • sound art
  • voice
  • improvisation
  • NB Sculpture
  • material Thinking
  • installation
  • site-specific Practices
  • Architecture
  • fabric
  • public art

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Research Output 2006 2016

Listening in the Middle Distance

Cunningham, A., 2016, Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism: Activism. Ingleton, H., Lane, C. & Carlyle, A. (eds.). CRiSAP, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, p. 7-7 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Oracle: the engine weaves

Cunningham, A., 1 Oct 2015, Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age. Hammerman, R. & Russell, A. L. (eds.). New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery and Morgan & Claypool

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Vocal music
Song Cycle


Cunningham, A., 2014

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch

Open Access

Smart Appliances

Cunningham, A., 6 Dec 2014

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch


Articulation of promise

Cunningham, A., 15 Feb 2013

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch


Activities 2006 2017

Portland Sculpture Quarry Trust Memory Stones Research Seminar

Amy Cunningham (Participant), Catriona Cheyne (Participant), Jim Cooke (Participant), Jane Whitaker (Participant)
28 Apr 2017

Activity: EventsEvent

Brighton Writes

Amy Cunningham (Participant)
29 May 2015

Activity: EventsConference

External Examiner for Level 5 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Northumbria University

Amy Cunningham (Examiner)
Sep 2014Jan 2018

Activity: External examination and supervisionTaught course

Singing Places

Amy Cunningham (Participant)
22 Nov 2013

Activity: EventsConference