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.
Amy has been making work about people and water for 10 years. SWIM, on 12 July 2007, 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 on 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.
In 2013, Amy won the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal Society of British Sculptors, where she began her work on falling, culminating in the solo exhibition Season for Falling, the large group performance Time to Fall, and the live artwork Invitation to Fall, later staged in the 350-seat theatre at Museum of London. Her longform essay An Anatomy of Falling is published in Performance Research No 18, and reprinted in Live Art Almanac 4.
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 in a time of critical flooding in the UK, and has toured to over 50 sites worldwide now, visited by over 40,000 people. It is currently touring Western Australia, in collaboration with Perth International Arts Festival and the WA Museum. Museum of Water was nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016.
In 2016 Amy curated a festival of water across Reading, Do Rivers dream of Oceans? and is returning this year to stage a mass swim in the River Thames, accompanied by a wide-ranging programme of talks and discussions asking, What’s the point of Rivers, anyway? 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.
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