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Vivian Ross-Smith

Vivian Ross-Smith
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Vivian Ross-Smith (she/her) is an artist working from the Shetland Islands. She adopts a collaborative and systematic approach to making and sharing through performance, painting, textiles and the digital. Her work creates space to discuss island life from a contemporary, fine art context and explores the textures, qualities and values of material and space. Ross-Smith’s work builds relationships and conversations between material, place and people and is as much about experiencing as it is about seeing.
EDUCATION
2020 Masters in Fine Art Practice with Distinction. Glasgow School of Art
2013 BA (Hons) Painting. Grays School of Art

SOLO + TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2020
PERIMETER: Ways of Seeing. Mareel, Shetland
2019
Paes-Wisp, Shetland Museum
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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020
MADE IT 2020. Short Supply, Salford / The Internet
Mushrooms in the Dark. Situationist RCA, London
Glasgow School of Art, Postgraduate Showcase 2020
Beyond the Conventions of Painting. Saltspace, Glasgow
2019
Nine Lines. The Art School, Glasgow
Across Land and Sea. Circus Art Space, Inverness
Coast. An Talla Solais, Ullapool
Utomhus. North Atlantic Lighthouse, Hanstholm, Denmark
Hopelessly Devoted. Garment Factory, Glasgow
2018
Perception. Shetland Museum, Shetland
Space Station ØY, Motí at ØY Festival, Papa Westray
RSA Open. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017
Relate North. Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design, The University of Lapland, Finland
Traces. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2016
Black and White. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Method (in the madness). Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
Toaty Wee. VAU Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Stuffed Gallery. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2015
VAU Members Show. Generator Projects, Dundee
2014
VAU Members Show. The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
Visual Art & Craft Awards Exhibition. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Shetland Open. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

WORKSHOPS + TALKS
2020
Sail Britain: Islands + Remoteness
2019
Fish Skin stitching for Danish Cultural Meeting
2018
Lead Artist for Autism Strategy art workshops, Shetland
Lecture, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
2017
Sonica, CCA, Glasgow
Flotilla, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland

RESIDENCIES
2020
The Forest Arts, Edinburgh / the internet
2019
Dumfries House. GSA + The Royal Drawing School
Hanstholm Art Space, Denmark
2018
Bothy Projects, Isle of Eigg
2016
Archipelago Art Residency. Finland
2015
Mull Arts + Sustainability Residency. Creative Carbon Scotland + Comar
But if you use the word 'craft' it's like you're politicising the word 'craft'
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • But if you use the word 'craft' it's like you're politicising the word 'craft'
  • Mixed Media
Perimeter: Ways of Seeing
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Perimeter: Ways of Seeing
  • Performance
Form II
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Form II
  • Mixed Media
in the landscape or the screens?
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • in the landscape or the screens?
  • Performance
You should be in MOMA, but you'll end up in the Dovecot
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • You should be in MOMA, but you'll end up in the Dovecot
  • Painting
Form
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Form
  • Painting
Craft Conversations
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Craft Conversations
  • Installation
Strange Behaviour
  • Vivian Ross-Smith
  • Strange Behaviour
  • Performance

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