Don’t Miss Amanda Jackson Photography Exhibition

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Don’t miss the Where the Red Kite Files photography exhibition at Maker & Wright’s new space The Salt Rooms. The exhibition runs until 22 September 2023.

Originally from Canada, born to English parents, Amanda moved to the UK in 2001 and knew it was home. Amanda has a 1st Class Honours Degree in photography from Hereford College of Arts and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2008. In 2014 she was commissioned by FotoDocument and Photoworks to be part of a series about Brighton’s One Planet Living environmental principles.

Her photograph ‘Dirty Beaches’ from the series was shortlisted for The 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year. She has been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s IPE 165 award, 2023. The National Library of Wales has purchased a selection of photographs from series ‘To Build A Home’ for their archives. The main focus of her photography is capturing people living sustainable lifestyles, looking at how we live and relate to our surroundings and environmental concerns.

The project ‘Where the Red Kite Flies’ continues along this theme and is her second project focusing on the Lammas Eco Community whom she has been photographing since 2010. In 2013 she received funding from The Arts Council of Wales for the series ‘To Build A Home’. ‘Where the Red Kite Flies’ is funded by The Arts Council of England and The Elmley Foundation. Amanda divides her time between a home in Malvern and a cabin in Pembrokeshire.

The series ‘Where the Red Kite Flies’ by photographer Amanda Jackson focuses on the young people who have grown up at the Lammas Tir y Gafel Eco Village and surrounding community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Taking its name from lyrics to a song written by Holly Young who grew up in the area, the title references the birds of prey that can be seen soaring above the fields in this area.

Amanda has been photographing the eco village since 2010 and, from 2013-2021, created her series ‘To Build A Home’ which was funded by The Arts Council of Wales. This focused on the people living in the community, among them the children who are now the teenagers and young adults featured in ‘Where the Red Kite Flies.’ With a collaborative, sometimes playful approach, this window into a small world celebrates a less conventional way of life, where people have a strong connection to the land. Living in this community is described by one of the subjects as growing up in a state of bucolic wonderment.

Find the exhibition downstairs at Maker and Wright’s shop in Great Malvern in their new space The Salt Rooms. The Salt Rooms is also hosting a number of arts and crafts workshops this autumn including Linoprint and Cyanotype.

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