Amanda Couch (b.1975 in Swindon, Wilts, UK) is an artist, researcher, and senior lecturer. She studied at Norwich School of Art (1995-98) and Royal College of Art (2003-05), She is based in London.
Amanda won the prize for the first-time presenter at the 2016 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. She has also won four research awards from the University For the Creative Arts (UCA) (2014-15), (2011-12) and (2009). She was also awarded a Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Award with Andrew Hladky and Mindy Lee for On Innards (2015); the Meltdowns Residency, supported by Fenton Arts Trust, (2009), the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2005), the Basil H. Alkazzi Travelling Scholarship (2004), the Robert Fleming Residency Award (2001), and a Graduate Studio Award, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester (1999).
She performed at the 2016 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, at LIBRARY, London (2016), at 'Art Language Location, Showtime!' (2015), at Building Interdisciplinary Bridges across Cultures’, Cambridge University (2014), Performing Medicine’ conference, Lincoln University, Lincoln (2014); at the 2nd Global Inter-disciplinary conference ‘Body Horror’ Athens, Greece (2013); as part of ‘Allotment’, London, In collaboration with BROQWiEM (2013); as part of the Spork Food Monthly at The Albert, London (2013); ‘In Other Words’, Fringe Arts Bath Visual Arts Festival (2013); at the Small Publishers Fair, London (2013); at 'Loopart13', Deptford, London (2013); at 'M:ST Performative Arts Festival', Truck Gallery, Calgary (2012); 'Book Live!' International Symposium, London South Bank University (2012); Château de Sacy, France (2010); The Supperclub, The Basement, Brighton (2010); Spill Festival of Performance’s ‘National Platform’ (2009), ‘Once upon Time’, Farnham Maltings (2009); The Open West’ Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucester, Cheltenham (2009); ‘Tract’ Live Art Festival, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance (2006); and ‘Body Parts’ Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2006).
She has exhibited in group shows, which include 'Prescriptions: artist's books on wellbeing and medicine', The Beaney Museum of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (2016), 'Kaleid 2016: Artists Who Do Books', Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, ‘The Material Word’, The Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London (2014), 'Kaleid 2014: Artists Who Do Books, The Art Academy, London (2014), 'Diffusion Cardiff International Festival of Photography & Limerick International Publishers’ Salon (LIPS) (2013); 'In Other Words', Fringe Arts Bath Visual Arts Festival, Bath( 2013); 'Loopart13', Deptford, London (2013), 'Text and Context', English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge (2012); ‘Imprint’, Kingston University (2012), ‘He Do the Police in Different Voices’, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London (2010) ‘Heart of Glass’, Shoreditch Town Hall (2008), and ‘Drawing Breath’, International Touring Exhibition (2006-8). With Mindy Lee and Andrew Hladky, she co-curated 'On Innards | Exhibition', Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London (2014).
She delivered papers at 'Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities - An Interdisciplinary Symposium', co-organised by the University of Kent’s School of English and the University of New England’s Maine Women Writers Collection (2016), 'Livres d'Artistes: The Artist's Book in Theory and Practice', University of Cardiff (2015), 'Antiquity and Photography', one-day colloquium, The Open University in London (2015), 'Visual Artists Today: A Symposium on the Artist Identity', Birkbeck, University of London (2015), 'Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures (BIBAC) Conference, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, convened by the Commonwealth Creativities Intercultural Arts Network' (2014), 'The Artist as Researcher', HEA Academy, Manchester Museum (2014); at 2nd Global Inter-disciplinary conference ‘Body Horror’, Athens, Greece (2013); 'Storyville: Exploring Narratives of Learning and Teaching', the 2nd Annual HEA Arts and Humanities Conference (2013), 'Visual Arts as Research Data' (2012), ‘Making Time’ Symposium, [email protected], Lancaster University, Lancaster (2011) and [email protected]: Experimental Methodologies and Interdisciplinary Challenges in Arts Research, Postgraduate Symposium, Department of Dance, Film and Theatre, University of Surrey (2010).
Alongside Mindy Lee, Andrew Hladky, and Richatd Nash, she is working on On Innards, a multidisciplinary project that explores the changing conceptualisations of guts and digestion, their impact on the creative process and the role they play in constructing and destabilising our sense of self. They produced the artist book, On Innards | Publication, published by bookRoom (2015).
Amanda teaches Fine Art and Creative Arts Education at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Her practice straddles the domains of photography, drawing, installation, performance, research, and writing.