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 is best known for 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 swimming pools in an inflatable boat. 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.
Amy has been the recipient of bursaries and grants from Artsadmin, DIY and Awards for All, most recently being nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship 2015 for Art in the Elements. Her film pause has been shown across Europe and the Middle East. Her work appears in the Live Art Almanac and Artsadmin 30 publications.
Amy won the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal Society of British Sculptors as part of which she undertook a summer-long residency culminating in the Season for Falling exhibition, and Invitation to Fall, an open invitation for people to fall on the King's Road. As well as using her own body, she invited others to fall with her, including a group of over 60s, a Depression Alliance group and school children, and devised in collaboration with them all the large group performance Time to Fall. Amy was awarded an a-n New Collaborations bursary to continue this research with choreographer Emilyn Claid and her article An Anatomy of Falling has been published in Performance and Research No 18 (Routledge and Taylor).
In 2013 Amy began Museum of Water - a large collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. The Museum started on a street corner in Soho, commissioned by Artakt and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 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, offering a 21st Century look at water – a time of critical flooding in the UK, and also a time of Climate Change, with an eye 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 and Europe, with donations being collected until the end of 2015. In 2014 Museum of Water was awarded a Special Commendation by the Nick Reeves Award for Arts, Water and the Environment.
Amy is also encouraging people to sign up for Swim the Thames, a mass swim across the River Thames underneath Tower Bridge.