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Vivian Ross-Smith

Vivian Ross-Smith
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Being from Britain’s most remote inhabited island, Fair Isle, Vivian Ross-Smith has spent the majority of her life as part of extreme landscapes and fragile communities.

Through her art practice Ross-Smith studies and explores her rugged island surroundings. Using traditional methods of crafts(wo)manship such as knitting, preserving skins, net making and metal work, to explore relationships between material and surface; and between man made and natural.

Ross-Smith is interested in the passing of knowledge through generations, resulting in communities having a deep understanding toward their place. Combining elements of painting, textiles and sculpture she embeds stories and traditions of island life into the materials and imagery of her work.
EDUCATION
2009-2013 BA (Hons) Degree, Painting. Grays School of Art. Aberdeen

SOLO + TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018
‘Half oot afore i’ da left’ An Tobar, Isle of Mull
2017
‘islandess’ with Jane Walker. Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland
‘Island Connections’. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2015
‘Erosions’. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
‘RSA Open’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017
‘Relate North’ Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design, University of Lapland, Finland
‘VAU Members Show’ Crownpoint Gallery, Glasgow
‘RSA Open’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
‘Traces’ Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2016
‘One of the most essential things one needs to walk on the archipelago islands is a reflector’ AARK, Korpo, Finland
‘VAU Members Show’ St Margarets House, Edinburgh
‘Black and White’ Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland
‘Method (in the madness)’ Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Toaty Wee’ Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow
‘Stuffed Gallery’ Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2015
‘VAU Members Show’ Generator Projects, Dundee
‘Corridor Exhibition’ Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
2014
‘VAU Members Show’ The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
‘Shetland Arts Visual Art & Craft Awards Exhibition’ Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
‘Shetland Open’ Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
‘Fragments’ Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland
2013
‘Gray’s School of Art Degree Show’ Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
‘Fourth Year Painting Exhibition’ The Arts Complex, Edinburgh
2012
‘A Study Abroad’ Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
‘Idyll’ Brinkhall Manor, Turku, Finland
2011
‘Winter Exhibition’ Peacocks Visual Arts, Aberdeen

WORKSHOPS + TALKS
2018
Understanding Autism, animation workshops, Shetland
2017
‘Are we at the Tipping Point?’ Sonica, CCA, Glasgow
Guest Artist/Speaker. Flotilla, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
‘Fish Skin as Art and Craft’ Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland

RESIDENCIES
2016
Artist in Residence. Archipelago Art Residency Korpo (AARK) Finland
2015
Mull Arts and Sustainability Residency. Facilitated by Creative Carbon Scotland and Comar

AWARDS
2017
Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts
2016
Shetland Open, Black and White - Winner
2013
Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts
‘Plastic Needle I’ 2017, Bronze - ‘Wooden Needle’ 2017, Copper - ‘Plastic Needle II’, Bronze
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • ‘Plastic Needle I’ 2017, Bronze - ‘Wooden Needle’ 2017, Copper - ‘Plastic Needle II’, Bronze
  • Casting
Distance
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Distance
  • Acrylic
Red Wine and Coffee
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Red Wine and Coffee
  • Acrylic
Tools
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Tools
  • Acrylic
Worship
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Worship
  • Acrylic
Shear
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Shear
  • Acrylic
Us
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Us
  • Installation
Hill Sheep
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Hill Sheep
  • Acrylic

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