Amy Ellison has been a Venture Arts artist since 2010. Amy works in a wide range of media including photography, digital illustration, textiles and printmaking.
Amy first discovered Venture Arts when she was at college in 2010. She started coming weekly to do her Bronze Arts Award, and after leaving college she joined Venture Arts’ photography group. She has since worked in painting, collage, drawing, printing and textiles.
In recent years Amy has discovered a talent for working with digital media: “using Pro Create on the iPad, I make videos and drawings using the iPencil.” Photography remains a favourite too: “I like making photos of trees, birds, monkeys, tigers, elephants and giraffes, fireworks and space, the moon and the sky.”
Other themes that recur throughout Amy’s work include Coronation Street, music, patterns, cocktails and weddings.
In 2018-19, she was one of three Venture Arts artists picked for Other Transmissions, a collaborative residency project with emerging contemporary artists. Work by Amy and five collaborators toured to venues including Tate Liverpool, Artlink Hull and The Whitworth.
“I liked seeing my artwork in frames on the wall at the Whitworth, in Hull, the Tate in Liverpool and The Grundy in Blackpool. I feel so happy with myself, I am an artist!”
What makes Amy proud to be an artist?
“I am most proud of my photography. My mum and dad are so happy to see my work, my mum liked ‘Cocktails’ and my rug (a piece shown at Other Transmissions). My dad liked my photography, the moon photography.
“I like my work because it is so beautiful and caring. I am so happy with my work because people see it at art galleries, I am so proud that people see my work with Venture Arts.
“Making artwork makes me feel so happy with myself and so excited!”
The Lights, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, 23rd September – 19th December 2020
Manchester Histories DigiFest, September 2020 onwards (online exhibition – can be viewed any time)
Art | Unlocked | Unearthed, Jennifer Lauren Gallery, May 2020 onwards (online exhibition – can be viewed any time)
Conversations Series II: ‘Other Transmissions’, touring project led by Venture Arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth, 2018-2021.
‘Other Transmissions’ Tour:
Conversations with Outsider Art, the Whitworth, 14 February 2020 – January 2021
The University of Salford, New Adelphi Building, 1-31 October, 2019
Paradise Works, 28 June, 2019
Artlink, Hull, 29 March – 21 June, 2019
TATE Exchange Event, TATE Liverpool, 20-24 March, 2019
PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, October 2018- February 2019
HEY CLLAY! PRRIVATE VIEW, Venture Arts studio show, March 23rd – April 27th, 2018
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester 2015
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2014
Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry , Salford Quays 2013