Samantha is a multi-media visual artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. Originally from Scotland, she has worked and lived between the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, India and Africa. Completing her BA of Fine Art and MFA in Art and Humanities from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland, 2015. She has since received many awards for her work and participated in multiple International artist residencies. Exhibiting her work between the UK, US, Europe and India, she now works full-time as an artist and Fine Arts Facilitator in Lisbon.
She is co-founder of Colour the Community, a Social Arts Initiative in Kenya, which aims to foster creativity and growth inside rural schools and their surrounding community.
Samantha takes inspiration from humanity, anthropology, sociology and spirituality. She strives to explore through art and creativity how to bring people together, in a modern world of separation. Samantha enjoys sharing her passion for creativity and humanity in different International festivals, communities and educational institutions among children and adults.
2014- 2015 - MFA Art and Humanities with Distinction, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.
2010-2014 - BA Fine Art, First Class Honours, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.
September 2012-December 2012- Drawing and Painting, OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2009-2010 - HNC in Contemporary Art Practices, Dundee College, Dundee, Scotland.
2017 - Klein Artist Works scholarship.
2016 - Nominee Scottish Variety Award for Best new Scottish artist.
2016 - The W.Gordon.Smith Painting Competition runner up prize.
2015 - The Fife Decorative and fine Arts Society Award.
2015 - The Duncan of Jordanstone Postgraduate award for best academic performance.
2015 - RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence.
2015 - Friends of the RSA award.
2014 - The Alexander Monroe Travel Award, best work for an artist under 30.
2014-15 - The William Sangster Phillip's academic scholarship and bursary.
2014 - The James Guthrie Memorial Art Prize.
2014 - The Hermione Hammond runner up drawing prize.
2010 - The Benni Esposito Drawing Award.
Festivals & Projects
June 2010 - Tattva festival - Co-organiser & Art Curator, Lisbon Portugal.
June 2019 - ‘Mini Tattva’- an introduction to Tattva festival - Co-organiser, Lisbon, Portugal.
October 2020 - Colour the Community Edition 3 ‘Kids Art and Performance Festival’ - with Chittaranjan Nayak, Tafaria Castle, Laikipia, Kenya.
June – August 2017 – Imagining the Future, A School and Community Arts Development Initiative - with Chittaranjan Nayak, as part of c-Hub and Tafaria foundation, at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
September - November 2016 - ‘Making Visible’ as part of c-Hub and Tafaria foundation at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
April 2016 - Zorba The Buddha - Creativity, Consciousness, Celebration, Delhi, India.
February 1st - March 1st 2016 - JIWAR International Residence for Artists and Researchers in Urban creativity, Barcelona, Spain.
October 1st - November 3rd 2015 - RSA John kinross Scholarship, Florence, Italy.
January 2019 - Solo Exhibition, Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal.
December 2017 - 12 x 12 - Galeria da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal.
October 2017 - Ateliers Abertas, Rua Conceicao da Gloria, Lisbon, Portugal.
July 2017 - Imagining the Future, A School and Community Arts Development Initiative - with Chittaranjan Nayak, as part of c-Hub and Tafaria foundation, at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
December 2016 - Group showing of community driven projects as part of c-Hub and Tafaria foundation at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
September 2016 - Supporting Mind Scotland - The Image Collective Gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, Scotland.
May 2016 - Awakening Hearts (Delhi) - Zorba the Buddha International Residence Exhibition, Delhi, India.
April - May 2016 - Gallery 48 Opening Night - Gallery 48, Westport, Dundee, Scotland.
February 2016 - Open Studio Exhibition, Jiwar International Residence for Artists and Researchers in Urban creativity, Barcelona, Spain.
January 2016 - The W. Gordon Smith Painting Competition Exhibition, The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
November 28th 2015 - February 14th 2016 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
December 6th - February 1st 2015 - Winter Postcard Show, WALL PROJECTS, 13 Bents Road, Montrose, Scotland.
September 19th - November 7th 2015 - ARTSYLAND 9 NEW GRADUATES EXHIBITION II, WALL PROJECTS, 13 Bents Road Montrose, Scotland.
May 12th - June 24th 2015 - New Scottish Artists. The Fleming Collection Gallery, London.
March 2015 - New Contemporaries 'Selected Artist', RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh.
January 2015 - RSW (Royal Society Watercolours), RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh.
December 2014 - Solstice Gallery De Goede Toronto, ON.
November 2014 - Winter Tales, Duncan of Jordanstone College of art and Design, Dundee.
July 2014- Best of Degree show, The Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow.
May 2014 - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Degree Show, Dundee.
July 2013 - Open Up I'm Burning Through third showcase, Top Floor Studio, Corktown, Toronto.
May 2013 - Open Up I'm Burning Through second showcase, Top Floor Studio, Corktown, Toronto.
August 21st - 29th August 2015 - Beyond The veil, Masters show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.
December 2012 - Open up I'm Burning Through The Blossom Lounge, Toronto.
August 2012 - The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
August 2011 - The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
August 2015 - The Courier, Artist's Imagination Fired by Gunpowder, by Mark Mackay.
August 2015 - GQ Magazine, Why Dundee is becoming Britain's coolest little city, by Robert Johnston.
March 2015 - ART Scottish Art News: RSA: New Contemporaries 2015, Griselda Murray Brown.
March 2015 - University News, Art and Architecture graduates to exhibit at 2015 new Contemporaries by Grant Hill.
January 2015 - The Scotsman Weekend Life magazine, RSW 134th Annual Exhibition, Water World, by Duncan Macmillan.
January 2015 - STV Dundee, Award-winning Dundee artists pick up nearly £5k in prizes, by Joe Birchenall.
January 2015 - Dundee University, Travel Beckons for Award Winning Artists, by Grant Hill.
January 2015 - Dundee Wave 102 Radio, Interview on RSW Alexander Monroe Travel Award.
December 2014 - Central Station, The Creative Social Network, Life After Art School with Samantha Wilson.
May 2014 - Central Station, The Creative Social Network, DJCAD Degree Show Review.
May 2013 - Holly In The City blog, Upcoming Art Show, Open Up I'm Burning Through.