Middlesbrough campus lecturer’s ‘creative release’ venture takes her to Tall Ships 2023
The Quality Manager and lecturer at The Northern School of Art’s Middlesbrough campus, Amanda Smith, is also an acclaimed practising artist.
When not at work Amanda channels her artistic energies into what she describes as her ‘creative release’ on her online platform Mandascat.
Featuring a range of hand drawn original art, the venture has resulted in Amanda receiving commissions from the USA, designing work for an album cover working hand in hand with the artist and print company, producing work for festival websites and merchandise and creating illustrations for an educational children’s book.
As a resident of Hartlepool, over the past few months Amanda has been working on a series of artworks to mark the Tall Ships weekend that runs from 6- 9 July 2023, as the town welcomes a fleet of over 30 ships and 1000s of people as they join in and celebrate at one of the largest free maritime events in the UK.
She will be at the event throughout the weekend with her collection of beautiful illustrations for visitors to buy as souvenir of the memorable maritime occasion.
Rob Kane, The Northern School of Art’s Vice Principal (Further Education) commented: “It’s an asset to have dedicated staff who, like Amanda, have the drive and passion to be creative and reflective upon their practice.
“It is very challenging to balance the demands of a teaching role and also being a practitioner, largely due to the limitations of time. However, it is through the commitment of such outstanding staff that our learners benefit as they can see first-hand there are multiple avenues into the creative industries by those who are currently teaching them.”
To see Amanda’s portfolio and find out more about her progression from her background coming from a long line of artists to being an award-winning lecturer and a practising creative visit her website HERE.
Further details about Tall Ships 2023 is available HERE