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Art Studio

Artist Bio

Samantha is a mixed-media visual artist. 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 and artist and fine arts facilitator. 

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 is passionate about the exploration of art and creativity to bring communities together through creative intervention through exhibition, festivals, curation and specialised art courses. 

While figurative art remains her primary subject matter she also finds inspiration in nature, florals and interior design.  Since 2020, inspired like many post Covid-19 restrictions she has been encouraged to extend her art into new business ventures, including turning her art and designs into apparel and upholstery fabrics as well as developing new art classes and programs for aspiring artists looking to develop their art projects. She believes in the power of art and creativity to lift us into higher states of being and is on a mission to help as many passionate creators as possible, find their creative voices through personalised one on one art courses.

Art Studio

 

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EDUCATION

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON UK

Masters of Research Art | Sep 2022 - Sep 2023

  • Place confirmed to undertake critically engaged research project; Drawing to Explore Empathy: Art-Making that Enhances Cross-Cultural Understanding of Migrants and Displaced Peoples.

DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, DUNDEE, UK

Masters in Art & Humanities | Sep 2014 - Nov 2015

  • Degree of fine art and philosophy obtained with distinction
  • Attended on a full merit scholarship & bursary
  • Awarded post-gaduate student of the year for best academic performance

DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, UK

Bachelors in Fine Art | Sep 2010 - Jun 2014

  • Degree obtained with a First Class honours with a focus on fine art Selected student to exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy
  • Selected Student for the Royal Scottish Academy bursary to Florence
  • Degree show work purchased by Ninewells Hospital Public Collection

OCAD UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, ON, CANADA

Bachelors in Fine Art | Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

  • 1 of 2 students selected internationally for a 3- month exchange

DUNDEE COLLEGE, DUNDEE, UK

HNC in Contemporary Art Practices | Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

  • Attended on a full merit scholarship and completed course with Distinction

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2017 - Klein Artist Works scholarship.

2016 - Nominee Scottish Variety Award for Best new Scottish artist.

2016 - The W.Gordon.Smith 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 - 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 James Guthrie Memorial Art Prize.

2014 - The Hermione Hammond runner up drawing prize.

2010 - The Benni Esposito Drawing Award

 

ART GALLERIES 

  • New Blood Art, London UK (2014-present)
  • Galeria AFK, Lisbon, Portugal (2017-present)

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • 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

  • 1 of two artists selected worldwide to implement creative education to underprivileged schools
  • Fundraising, giving workshops, exhibition curation, performances, public mural and presentations

TAFARIA CASTLE, KENYA | SEP 2016 - NOV 2016

  • 1 of two artists selected worldwide to deliver socially engaging residency program with underprivileged schools
  • Fundraising, giving workshops, exhibition curation and public presentations
  • Grant writing and artist collaboration

ZORBA THE BUDDHA, NEW DELHI| APRIL 2016 - MAY 2016

  • 1 artist selected worldwide to participate in the program Personal art practice development and public exhibition
  • Art workshop design and delivery to international visitors

JIWAR, BARCELONA, SPAIN | FEB 2016 - MAR 2016

  • 1 of 5 artists selected worldwide to participate in the program
  • Personal art practice development and public exhibition

JOHN KINROSS SCHOLARSHIP | FLORENCE, ITALY | SEP 2015 - NOV 2015

  • 1 of 10 artists selected nationwide in Scotland from the Royal Academy in Edinburgh to make practice-based research in Florence
  • Meeting with Royal Academy to demonstrate work produced and give public presentation.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019 - A Collective Public (Part 1) - Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal. 

2015Beyond 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.

 

GROUP 

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.

2017Imagining 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.

 

NOTABLE PRESS

2021 - Samantha Wilson’s illuminating portfolio highlights a dark corner of a global humanitarian crisis

2020 - Samantha Wilson, b.1990, University of Dundee Fine Art Collections, Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries.

2015 - GQ Magazine, Why Dundee is becoming Britain's coolest little city, by Robert Johnston.

2015 - New Scottish Artists on Show at the Fleming Collection, London, by Ian Caldwell.

2015 - ART Scottish Art News: RSA: New Contemporaries 2015, Griselda Murray Brown.

2015 - University News, Art and Architecture graduates to exhibit at 2015 new Contemporaries by Grant Hill.

2015Art reviews: RSW by William Crosbie

2015 - STV Dundee, Award-winning Dundee artists pick up nearly £5k in prizes, by Joe Birchenall.

2015 - Dundee University, Travel Beckons for Award Winning Artists, by Grant Hill.

2015 - Dundee Wave 102 Radio, Interview on RSW Alexander Graham Monro Travel Award.

2014 - Central Station, The Creative Social Network, Life After Art School with Samantha Wilson.

2014Central Station, The Creative Social Network, DJCAD Degree Show Review.

2013 - Holly In The City blog, Upcoming Art Show, Open Up I'm Burning Through.