Amy Ash is a contemporary Canadian artist whose practice engages with the process of meaning-making through the intersections and overlaps between memory, learning and wonder.
Her work takes shape through experiences of teaching and learning, curatorial projects, installation and socially engaged action. These experiences manifest themselves into drawings, collage, analogue photography and other hands-on making which comment on, document and incite instances of memory, wonder or belonging. Often working in collaborations, Amy hopes to act as a conductor, gently disrupting social and educational hierarchies, fostering autonomy, questioning common values and setting the scene for unexpected connections to be made. In short, her work aims to carve out space for a polyphony of personal meaning to be created within the context of a shared experience. Playful interventions and experiments stem from this space of curiosity as she facilitates instances where memory, learning and belonging intersect to produce a serendipitous moment which is at once wonder and familiarity.
She has exhibited and curated programs in Canada, Japan and the UK, and has fulfilled learning curatorships and program management roles within several arts organisations at home and abroad. Amy has been granted residencies in Canada (The Banff Centre for the Arts 2015, Beaverbrook Art Gallery 2018) and the UK (Cubitt Arts 2016, Kestle Barton 2017) and her projects have been commissioned by organisations such as Third Space Gallery's Third Shift (Saint John, 2015), The UK National Sketchbook Circle (London 2017) and The National Gallery (London 2018). Her work has been recognised and supported The Peter McKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists and Arts Council England, among others.
Since moving back to Canada in January 2018, Amy has completed residencies in partnership with Dr. A T Leatherbarrow School, Grand Manan Community School and Grand Manan Gallery (made possible with the support of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, New Brunswick) and most recently acted The New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium’s first Learning Curator.
Amy has a BFA from Mount Allison University (2000) and a BEd from University of New Brunswick (2010). Of settler ancestry, she currently lives and works in Saint John, New Brunswick, a small coastal city which sits on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples.