In 2004 Amanda founded the Hackwood Art Festival, which quickly became a notable event in the national art calendar. The Festival is now one of the principal open exhibitions in the country showing the work of over 100 contemporary artists and hosting many workshops, talks and demonstrations. Amanda is also an active member of the Chelsea Arts Club and was a trustee of Anvils Arts, Basingstoke until 2013.
Following her success, she was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours for services to the Arts.
Amanda founded Amanda Aldous Fine Art in 2009, to cater to a growing demand for contemporary and mid-20th Century art in the UK.
She has now branched into sourcing and installing personal collections for private clients, and in 2016, she was tasked with fundraising for and project managing the first public sculpture of Jane Austen, to mark the bi-centenary of her death. It will be unveiled in the Market Square in Basingstoke, where Austen danced and socialised.
The Gallery in the newly converted barn at Hackwood Grange is the location for regular exhibitions. If you see something you like on the website, Amanda is happy to bring works of art to your home for you to see what they will look like in situ.