• Forthcoming Paper: ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, in The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Conference Proceedings, July 2017

    My paper, ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, will be published in the forthcoming Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Conference Proceedings, edited Mark McWilliams, published by Prospect Books, London, in July 2017.

    For the 2016 Oxford Food Symposium’s theme Offal, I presented a performance-lecture, A Woman Holding a Liver, which contextually and artistically explored the practice and history of haruspicy or liver divination, followed by the divination of a lamb’s liver.

    It began with an outline of the ancient practice of haruspicy. I showed examples of liver divination represented in art and material culture, and contextualized the practice from my personal and artistic perspectives, as well as in relation to chance strategies in art history. I outlined my methods for performing an examination of a liver, drawn from a wealth of classical scholarship, before undertaking an inspection of a lamb’s liver. The paper then reports on the examination, and findings in relation to the question collectively decided by the audience-participants.

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  • On Innards | Publication with bookRoom at BABE Bristol’s biannual artists book event, Arnolfini, 1-2 April 2017.

    On Innards | Publication will be on the bookRoom press stand at BABE, Bristol’s biannual artists book event, at the Arnolfini, Bristol on Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 April 2017.

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  • ACTS RE-ACTS 4: Performance Laboratory, Wimbledon College of Art, London - A Woman Holding a Liver 2016-17

    ACTS RE-ACTS 4: Performance Laboratory, Wimbledon College of Art, London

    20 February - 17 March 2017

    Performance Lab: Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March 2017

    “It feels like there is still room for genuine subversiveness within performance [practice]. For someone from Fine Art, part of the excitement and the openness is being the amateur next to someone working with a kind of Theatre.”

    Curator Sarah McRory speaking about the work of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, interviewed by Lois Rowe at ICA as part of Performance Management, February 2016.

    Acts Re-Acts, a laboratory of performance, new media, workshops, lectures, discussions, events, interventions, seminars and installations, returns for a fourth year to take place at Wimbledon Space between 20 February – 17 March 2017. This year Acts Re-Acts will take the form of an intensive two-day laboratory of selected performances on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March. Four week-long residencies will run Monday – Friday between 20 February – 17 March, and an exhibition accompanying the performances will be on show for the duration of the project.

    I will be performing A Woman Holding a Liver 2016/17 on Saturday 4 March at 1pm in the studio theatre, and exhibiting The Liver Models 2017, a series of monoprints taken directly from lambs' livers in the acccompanying exhibition.

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  • Does my data look good in this? Exploring research data management in the creative arts

    I am presenting my art research practice in relation to the research data I produce at the workshop, ‘Does my data look good in this? Exploring research data management in the creative arts’ on Wednesday 18 January 2017 organised by the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Library & Student Services, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and funded by Jisc. at etc.venues, The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London. EC1N 8HN.

    Further details can be found at this link:



  • News of On Innards | Publication with Kaleid

    During October, On Innards | Publication was busy with Kaleid Editions, featuring at their stand at Counter 2016, Plymouth Art book Fair on Saturday 29th October at Plymouth University.

    During Kaleid's US tour, On Innards | Publication was also acquired by the SAIC Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Thanks Kaleid.



  • A Woman Holding a Liver at SITTING COVEN, 24 November 2016

    SITTING ROOM project space created by Rebecca May Johnson and Sam Barton is hosting SITTING COVEN for one night only, Thursday 24 November.

    I will be performing 'A Woman Holding a Liver' and will divine a liver, and there will be readings from Megan Nolan, Rachel Benson, Edwina Attlee, Rebecca May Johnson, Samuel Schlee and more.

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  • Amanda Couch: Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books performance-talk, Wellcome Library, London, Thursday 17 November, 6-7pm

    Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books is a new performance-talk that I have created for the Wellcome Library on Thursday 17 November, from 6-7pm. It will explore books as bodies and bodies as books - birthing scrolls, reading as rumination, livers as tablets, folds as metaphors of digestion, and palimpsests and skin.

    Books as Bodies… is part of Wellcome Library Insights, a series of events which offer the opportunity to explore a theme or topic, whether a long-held or new interest, whilst showcasing the Wellcome Library’s collection.

    Tickets are free but need to be reserved via this link,



  • On Innards with bookRoom at Small Publishers’ Fair on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 November.

    On Innards | Publication by Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky, Mindy Lee and Richard Nash, published by bookRoom press, will be represented on the bookRoom table at the Small Publishers’ Fair on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 November 2016.

    The Small Publishers’ Fair is at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1R 4RL, and is open from 11am – until 7pm, both days.



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