INFO


I’m a socially engaged artist with a supporting studio practice based in rural East Sussex.

I specialise in projects that focus on opinions, society, learning, ecologies and ideas of legitimacy surrounding art, culture and history. Much of my work is project-based, engaging groups of people in exploring their opinions, ideas and emotions, encouraging radical imagining, embracing tangents, conviviality and mistake-making.

I make drawings, paintings, performances, music, resources and ‘sculptures with purpose’ with a focus on environmentally responsible use of materials. I’m interested in universal similarities, overlaps, all aspects of learning, nature and the nature of people.
I’m just as interested in things that I don’t like as things that I do.


samsamayre@gmail.com    ︎



Upcoming Commissions 

Residency: Education Residency, West Dean College of Art, West Sussex
Faciliation: Articulation Discovery Day, Pallant House, Chichester 
Homewares Commission, Charleston House, West Sussex



Past Commissions 


2022    Exhibtion: Terroir (On the Nose, Collected Fictions, St Leonards on Sea, 5th August - 5th September
2022    Project: A studio space for 180, 14 year olds to work together, Freelands Foundation, London
2022    Project: Eating Drinking Thinking Talking Drawing, with Blueprint Collective, De La Warr Pavilion2022    Project: Summer Project, with Richard Phoenix, for Heart of Sidley, De La Warr Pavilion2022    Residency/Exhibtion: Open Plan, Towner, Eastbourne
2022    Project: From the Ground Up, workshop co-led with Claire Ratinon for Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2022    Project: A Breath of Fresh Air, workshop co-led w/Claire Ratinon for Wellcome Collection, London2022    Facilitation: Articulation Discovery Day for The National Gallery, Quarterhouse Folkestone2022    Talk: Decolonise the Garden, w/Claire Ratinon, Sui Searle, Owen Griffiths, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
2022    ProjectBeyond Imagination and Limits, supporting Richard Phoenix, Parchment Trust, De La Warr Pavilion 2022    Talk: Rough Trade Books x Garden Museum Anniversary Party, Arnold Circus, London2022    ExhibitionNo More Hot Air, Group Show, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria 
2021    FacilitationCPD for Teachers and Educators, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea2021    Residency: Artist in Residence, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria 
2021    InstallationPour Decisions with Claire Ratinon, Power to Change, Tate Modern, London
2021    ProjectAll Experiences Dissolve into Experiences, Schools and Communities project, Folkestone Triennial
2021    ProjectSidley Tourist Board, Sidley, East Sussex
2021    ProjectAll The Time Under Our Feet, Englands Creative Coast Geocache Commission, Bexhill on Sea 2021    Project:100% Compost, a compost heap sculpture for a school, All Saints Primary School, Sidley
2021    ResourceFollow Your Nose, enquiry prompting app, De La Warr Pavilion
2021    ProjectAfter School: Signs and Messages, National Gallery, London 
2021    Talk:Rough Trade In Conversation; Claire Ratinon, Sam Ayre, Zakiya McKenzie, Garden Museum, London
2021    Talk; Claire Ratinon, Sam Ayre and Sarah Hughes, West Dean Garden’s Residency
2021    Print: Horticultural Appropriation:Why Horticulture Needs Decolonising w/Claire Ratinon, Rough Trade 2021    Project: If I Had All The Time in the World..., Whitechapel Gallery and Tower Hamlets Schools, London. 
2021    Project:You Will Hear Us!, Whitechapel Gallery and Newham Primary Schools, London 
2020    Resource: Naturally Focused, Big Draw Drawing Resource, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea 
2020    Project:Everything Changes Everything, with Young Creatives , De La Warr Pavilion,, Bexhill on Sea
2020    Resource: Who’s On The Pedestal?, Art UK Home School Resource
2020    Project: We Make Noise, Youth Manifesto Project, Alexandra Palace Creativity Pavilion, London 
2020    Project: New Rituals, with the Young Creatives at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
2020    Project: Utopian Landscapes, Open School East, Young Associates Programme, Margate 
2020    Project: We Insist! Quarter House, Folkestone
2020    Exhibtion: Pour Decisions, solo exhibition, Tina We Salute You, London

2020    Facilitation: Radical Figures Teachers Workshop, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2020    Facilitation: Creative Careers Convesations, Bow Arts x Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford, London  2020    Project: Portraying Pregnancy, Early Years portrait, music and fashion workshops, Foundling Museum 2019    Project: Showy Business, Early Years fashion, music and movement workshops, Foundling Museum
2019    TalkPeople Go to Art Galleries On Their Days Off, PechuKutcha Talk, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
2019    ProjectBoss Not the Bossed, Open School East Young Arts Producers, Margate
2019    ProjectMapping Margate, Turner Contemporary, Margate 
2019    Project: Environmental Environments, Stormont House School
2019    Exhibition: Pour Decisions, 176 Gallery (Balcone)
2019    Residency: Portland Inn Project with Collective Matter, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer 
2019    Project: Art of Change, Young Creatives, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhil-on-Sea
2019    Project: Text Message, Stormont House SEND School
2019   Project: Take It As A Sign, Tranquil City and London National Park City Festival
2019   ProjectFamily Day, Vestry House Museum x Art Night 2019
2019         Teachers Workshop, Michael Rakowitz exhibtion at Whitechapel Gallery, 
2019          Bored of Discussion, performance at Royal London Hospital with Vital Art, 

2019         Intergenerational Project, Royal London Children’s Hospital, with Vital Arts and Art Night
2019         Mountains of Art, Stormont House SEND School
2019        Creative Career Careering, Harry Gosling Primary School with Whitechapel Gallery
2018          Sam’s Saloon, Tate Modern, October 2018 
2018           Sam’s Saloon, Tate Modern, Septmeber 2018
2018         Nod Scene, Art Night 2018
2018         Take It As A Sign, Chelsea Fringe Festival, Chrsitchurch Primary School
2018           Sam’s Saloon, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, 19th and 20th May 
2017/18      Art Night 2017 Legacy Programme with Vital Arts at The Royal London Children’s Hospital
2017/18      Creative Learning Residency, Bobby Moore Academy, Stratford, London
2017            Foundation Years Contemporary Creativity, Little Londoners, Hackney, London
2017            Confidence in Public Speaking, Pitzhanger Manor, Dormers Wells Secondary School, Ealing
2017            I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better; Philosophy for Children workshop, Manorfield Primary School, Newham
2017            Creative Careers, Morpeth School, Tower Hamlets, London
2017            Prickly Wire Spinny Nail, Stormont House School Residency, Hackney, London
2017            Primary School Workshops exploring Eduardo Paolozzi, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2016            Exploring Distopia/Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery, Morpeth School, London
2016            Bodies and Mark Making, Whitechapel Gallery, The Garden SEN School, Hackney, London
2016            Mistake Mark Making, Whitechapel Gallery, The Courtyard SEN School, Islington, London
2015            Primary School Print workshops, Goldsmiths University Outreach, Goldsmiths University
2014            Stair Well Being: Positive Messages for a School Environment, Bridge Academy, Hackney
2014            Courage Aspiration Success: A collaboration with 184 teenagers, Hackney Art Show, London
2014            BBC Music Makers, Pilot TV program exploring contemporary art/classical composers, Stanhope Primary School, Ealing
2014            Speech and Language project with SEN students and Celine Condorelli exhibition, Chisenhale Gallery, Hackney, London
2012 - 14    Contemporary Art Society, Bridge Academy, Hackney, London  
2013            Stan: A social interaction and horticulture experiment with secondary school students, Bridge Academy, Hackney, London
2013            Using ’Dalston House’ by Leandro Elrich to explore Geometry, Barbican Centre, London
2013            An Idea: a drawing to support opinions of visitors and participants, Hackney Art Show, London

Jobs

2017 -   2018   Head of Art, Bobby Moore Academy
2014 - 2016    Curator: Schools and Teachers, Whitechapel Gallery,
2012 - 2014    SEN Learning Support Assistant, Bridge Academy, Hackney
2008 - 2012    Art & Music Workshop Leader, Healthy Living Club @ Stockwell
2011- 2012      Arts and Music Facilitator, Rosemary Works School
2012                Mentor, A New Direction

Training

2008    BA Byam Shaw School of Art
2021    Emergency Paediatric First Aid,STA Level 3 
2017    Philosophy for Children, Level 1 
2016    Philosophy for Children, Introductory course 
2016    Disability Confidence Training, Shape Arts
2013    Emergency First Aid at Work, STS Complete Health and Safety
2013    Art for Special Educational Needs Course, Tate Modern
2012     Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst Course, Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis
2010     Meeting Complex Needs, Alzheimer's Society

Press 


Sept 2022  You know you’re doing some good work if you’re annyoing the Daily Mail
Oct 2021   Studio International, Vital Arts 
Aug 2017     A5 Magazine, Portfolio #5
Aug 2017    Wotisart Magazine, Issue 5
Aug 2017     Average Art Magazine, Issue 13