Samantha is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Originally from Scotland and spending a portion of her childhood in Portugal, she now calls Lisbon home. Receiving a Bachelors of Fine Art with first class honours (2014) and a Masters of Fine Art with distinction (2015) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland, she has since received many awards for her work and participated in multiple international artist residencies in Europe, India and Kenya, including co-founding a social arts initiative called Colour the Community that aims to foster creativity and growth inside underprivileged, rural schools.
Passionate about the exploration of art and creativity to bring communities together through creative intervention, as well as the reflective impact of socially engaged practice through public exhibition, she is motivated to explore how creative practice can be used to heighten empathetic response to crisis.
Samantha exhibits her work internationally and offers specialised art classes and courses from her studio in Lisbon.
My work uses drawing and painting to contemplate social, political and cultural issues. Ambiguity often plays a role in the formation of images to explore both the physical and ephemeral realms of human experience. Free-flowing mediums; charcoal, ink and powder pigments are complemented by juxtaposing photographic imagery and intentional subject matter. Depicting key events and figures of power that influence the nature of modern society. The work seeks to illuminate cross-cultural difference, similarity and ultimately the necessity for compassionate relating, regardless of race, age, gender, nationality or political status. It seeks to ask; how can contemporary art contribute in creating a more inclusive society?
Exploring the question; What does it feel like to be human, alone and together amidst turbulent times? Art for me has the capacity to delve into this ambiguous question, because it shares the same quality as life. It's ambiguous and unstable.
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON UK
Masters of Research (Pathway to PhD) | Sep 2022 - Sep 2023
DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, DUNDEE, UK
Masters in Art & Humanities with Distinction | Sep 2014 - Nov 2015
DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, UK
Bachelors in Fine Art with First Class Honours | Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
OCAD UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, ON, CANADA
Bachelors in Fine Art | Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
DUNDEE COLLEGE, DUNDEE, UK
HNC in Contemporary Art Practices | Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2021 - Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholarship to fund an MRes at the Royal College of Art, Sep 2022.
2021 - QEST and Cockpit Arts London Professional Development Programme for new QEST scholars.
2021 - The Eaton Fund grant for artists
2017 - Klein Artist Works scholarship.
2016 - Nominee Scottish Variety Award for Best new Scottish artist.
2016 - The W Gordon Smith Award runner up prize.
2015 - The Fife Decorative and fine Arts Society Award.
2015 - The Duncan of Jordanstone Postgraduate award for best academic performance.
2015 - Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence.
2015 - Friends of the RSA award
2014 - The Alexander Graham Monro Travel Award best work for an artist under 30.
2015 - The William Sangster Phillip's academic scholarship and bursary
2014 - The Hermione Hammond runner up drawing prize.
- New Blood Art, London UK (2014-present)
- Galeria AFK, Lisbon, Portugal (2017-present)
- The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship Collection
- Ninewells Hospital Medical Library Private & Public Collection
- University of Dundee Fine Art Collections, Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries
ARTIST RESIDENCIES & SOCIAL PROJECTS
- CO-FOUNDER OF SOCIAL ARTS INITIATIVE - COLOUR THE COMMUNITY, KENYA | AUG 2017 - NOV 2017
- TAFARIA CASTLE, KENYA | SEP 2016 - NOV 2016
- ZORBA THE BUDDHA, NEW DELHI| APRIL 2016 - MAY 2016
- JIWAR, BARCELONA, SPAIN | FEB 2016 - MAR 2016
- JOHN KINROSS SCHOLARSHIP | FLORENCE, ITALY | SEP 2015 - NOV 2015
2019 - A Collective Public (Part 1) - Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015 - Beyond The veil, Masters show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.
2012 - Open up I'm Burning Through The Blossom Lounge, Toronto.
2012 - The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
2011 - The Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
2021 - Open Studio Exhibition - LX Factory, Studio 1.14B, First Floor, Lisbon, Portugal
2020 - Sustainable Connection – Con Gusto/Unobvious Lab, Lisbon, Portugal
2020 - MFA Alumni Show, Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery: Alma College, Michigan, USA.
2019 - Ateliers Abertas Edição 3, Rua Conceição da Gloria, Lisbon, Portugal.
2017 - 12 x 12 - Galeria da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal.
2017 - Ateliers Abertas, Rua Conceicao da Gloria, Lisbon, Portugal.
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.
2016 - Group show of community projects as part of c-Hub and Tafaria foundation at Tafaria Castle, Nyeri, Kenya.
2016 - Supporting Mind Scotland, The Image Collective Gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2016 - Zorba the Buddha International Residence Exhibition, Delhi, India.
2016 - Gallery 48 Opening Night, Gallery 48, Westport, Dundee, Scotland.
2016 - Open Studio Exhibition, Jiwar International Residence for Artists and Researchers in Urban creativity, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 - The W. Gordon Smith Painting Competition Exhibition, The Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
2016 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2015 - Winter Postcard Show, WALL PROJECTS, 13 Bents Road, Montrose, Scotland.
2015 - ARTSYLAND 9 NEW GRADUATES EXHIBITION II, WALL PROJECTS, 13 Bents Road Montrose, Scotland.
2015 - New Scottish Artists. The Fleming Collection Gallery, London.
2015 - New Contemporaries 'Selected Artist', RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh.
2015 - RSW (Royal Society Watercolours), RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Edinburgh.
2014 - Solstice Gallery De Goede Toronto, ON.
2014 - Winter Tales, Duncan of Jordanstone College of art and Design, Dundee.
2014- Best of Degree show, The Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow.
2014 - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Degree Show, Dundee.
2013 - Open Up I'm Burning Through, Top Floor Studio, Toronto.
2015 - STV Dundee, Award-winning Dundee artists pick up nearly £5k in prizes, by Joe Birchenall.
2015 - Dundee Wave 102 Radio, Interview on RSW Alexander Graham Monro Travel Award.
2013 - Holly In The City blog, Upcoming Art Show, Open Up I'm Burning Through.