Amy Coney is one of three artists who feature on tomorrow’s episode of BBC series Home Is Where The Art Is.
In the show, presenter Nick Knowles challenges three talented artists to create an artwork for someone they’ve never met. They must try to work out the buyer’s style and taste by snooping around their home.
The buyer remains a mystery until the artists – three in each episode – get to do their pitch. When they finally meet, who will win the coveted commission?
On tomorrow’s show, Amy and fellow artists David O’Brien and Fanny Gogh head to an art lover’s home in Cheshire where the mystery buyer wants to commission a work to reflect a beloved father they lost in 2011. Which one of the talented artists can create the perfect piece?
“Filming the programme was hugely fun and, of course, a really new and challenging way of working,” says Amy.
“Normally you have a collaborative process that allows you to arrive at your final artwork all the while involving the client or individual, this is flipped on its head with with the added element of discovery – the pitch part feels somewhere halfway between an agency style approach and detective work!
“The whole thing is really exciting, we get to learn about these people who are being very open with their home and trusting us in their personal space, and therefore also themselves. It allows you to have an insight to the (mystery) commissioner that could otherwise be missed in a regular way of working.
“There is a huge personal element that runs through the whole process both for us as artists and for the buyers, as always the opportunity to make something that really means something to someone is incredible and such an honour.
“Getting to meet other artist and of course the lovely Nick Knowles was great, and there were also some familiar faces on the show which was a brilliant surprise! I can’t say too much more but really looking forward to it airing so you can see just what we get up to!”
Amy, who is based in the Northern Quarter, has taken to freelance life in the last two years, receiving lots of public and private commissions both in the UK and abroad.
Last year, her bee sponsored by SJM was signed by multiple artists including The Blossoms, the Gallagher Brothers, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, raising £22k for Bee in the City, the We Love Manchester Charity project .
You can see We Stand Together, the mural she created in response to the Manchester Arena attack, at the bottom of Hilton Street.
Watch Amy on Home Is Where The Art Is on Wednesday April 17th at 3.45pm.
Want to work with Amy? Get in touch via her website.