Jerwood Open Forest: Amanda Loomes

Jerwood Open Forest facilitates new interactions between artists and forests and opens up new art experiences to a wide public audience, leading a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today.

Jerwood Space, London from 15 January - 23 February 2014

Amanda Loomes explored how film and forestry can be used on site to reveal the labour and stories of the foresters. Using the short experimental documentary form she examined forestry processes and the life cycle of timber, drawing attention to the contemporary working forest. During her wide-ranging research Loomes has recorded interviews with Forestry Commission staff and filmed processes and labour associated with forestry. This has taken her all over the country including visiting the tree nursery at Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

Amanda Loomes discusses her project for Jerwood Open Forest 2014. Jerwood Open Forest is a new initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with Forestry Commission England. The exhibition was on display at Jerwood Space, London from 15 January - 23 February 2014. For further details please visit: www.jerwoodopenforest.org

For the exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, Loomes showed four films that looked at the life of the forest, the process of forestry itself, the people involved, and their labour.

Loomes studied MA Fine Art Painting at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2006, and from BA Fine Art Painting at University of the Arts, London in 2004. Recent exhibitions include The London Group at 100, Mottisfont National Trust, 2013; and Centenary Exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor, PM Gallery, 2013.

www.amandaloomes.net