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Samantha Clark

  • Fine Art
  • Critical and Cultural Studies

Originally studying Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, I have been a practising artist for over 25 years. More recently my practice has evolved to include creative writing.

At Edinburgh College of Art I studied Tapestry, before going on to study printmaking at Belgrade Academy of Fine Art under a British Council Scholarship. I did postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, and completed a PGCE in 2007 at the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, as well as completing an MA in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011. I also have a PhD in Creative Writing from St Andrews University.

I have twenty years of experience in Higher Education, and have taught both studio-based and text-based critical studies modules on the Digital Art, Photography, and Contemporary Art Practice degree programmes at the University of the West of Scotland. I previously taught at Edinburgh College of Art for ten years, and acted as visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London, Gray’s School of Art and the University of Tasmania. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently teach at the University of the Highlands and Islands, I am continuing to work and exhibit as an artist, working with video, photography, text and installation.

About my work

Stream 2016-17 (images 1 & 2)

Detail, one of 12 panels, ink on paper, 300cm x 200cm

Drift 2008 (image 3)

Ink on paper, 120cmx78cm

My greatest achievement

I recently completed my doctorate. I did it part-time over six years, so that feels like a big achievement!

I have carried out numerous residencies including the Scottish Arts Council Australia Residency, the Helen Chadwick Fellowship, and commissions at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Auchterarder Community High School.

I have published journal articles in Green Letters: Studies in Ecoctriticism, Environmental Values, Environmental Ethics, Antennae: Journal of Nature and Visual Culture, Dark Mountain and Terrain.org: Journal of Built and Natural Environments.

My inspiration

It’s always exciting to see a student making a real creative breakthrough in their work.

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