Samuel Dowd

I commenced my studies at Chelsea College of Art, from where I went on to study sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art and there prepared the ground (with Hayley Skipper, Naomi Dawson, Sam Steer and Amy Cunningham) for the work we now pursue together under the SpRoUt umbrella. Laura Cull I came to know later, after performing in a piece she made for Zoo Art Fair in London Zoo's reptile house. Having brought the group together in 2003 and co-organising several site-based projects I subsequently took up an MA in Visual Performance (time-based media) at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. There I struck up a lively friendship with Hannah Chiswell, whom I invited to join us in working on a commission for the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

During this period I explored the relationship between the sculptural object, performance, photography and film - an enquiry that has been refined to focus on the mirage as a potential locus for the creative moment and continuous perceptual shifts, both real and imagined. My research employs residual cultural practices, objects and forms to explicate the slippages and myths inherent in language and in the individuals’ relation to a past and future community, the non-event or the ‘spectacle’ and the use of artistic forms in the construction of ideology and collective identity - reworking, unraveling and transforming archive images, texts and artworks.

Alongside my work with SpRoUt I exhibit widely in the UK and abroad. Recently I have taken part in a number of overseas exhibitions, residencies and projects such as 'Go I know not wither…fetch I know not what' (Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb), the Alytus Biennial (Lithuania) and M6 Dept. III Off Season (Cyprus). In 2008 I have been commissioned (with SpRoUt) as artist in residence for the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and have received awards from the British Council, the Henry Moore Foundation, Artists' Networks and the European Cultural Foundation. My work has been published and reviewed in The Guardian, A-N Magazine, Kultureflash, Spongepudding and Artsadmin’s DIY 3: 2005.

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