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.
Amy has been the recipient of bursaries and grants from Artsadmin, DIY and Awards for All. Her film Pause has been shown across Europe and the Middle East. Her work appears in the Live Art Almanac and Artsadmin 30.
In 2012 she 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. Through falling, Amy explores the shock of being out of control, the liberation of inelegance, the risk of pain and the potential of flying (if only for a moment). 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 A Time to Fall. Amy has just been awarded an a-n New Collaborations bursary to continue this research with choreographer Emilyn Claid and her article Anatomy of Falling was published in Performance Research No 18.
She is also encouraging people to sign up for Swim the Thames, a mass swim across the River Thames underneath Tower Bridge.
Amy is married with 3 children and lives in London.