Sam Ayre is an artist specialising in participatory projects with groups of people.

His studio practice compliments and supports all aspects of the participatory projects.
He makes drawings, paintings, performances and things happen with groups of people.
He’s interested in universal similarities, overlaps, all aspects of learning, nature and the nature of people.
He’s just as interested in things that he doesn’t like as things that he likes. 
He’s a massive fan of floored perspectives, conviviality and tangents.    ︎

Upcoming Commissions 

Terroir (On the Nose), solo exhibtion, Collected Fictions, St Leonards on Sea, 5th August - 5th September 2022
It’s All Downhill From Here, May - July,  Freelands Foundation, London 

Critically connecting to food and drink, workshop w/Blueprint Collective, De La Warr Pavilion, bexhill on Sea, July 2022

Summer Project, w/Heart of Sidley for De La Warr Pavilion, August 2022

Open Plan, Towner, Eastbourne August 2022
From the Ground Up, workshop w/Claire Ratinon for Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, August 2022
A Breath of Fresh Air, workshop w/Claire Ratinon for Wellcome Collection, London, August 2022

Articulation Discovery Day (Facilitation), Quarterhouse Folkestpne, September 2022

Past Commissions 

2022  Talk: Decolonise the Garden, w/Claire Ratinon, Sui Searle and Owen Griffiths, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
2022   Beyond Imagination and Limits, with Richard Phoenix and Parchment Trust, De La Warr Pavilion 2022  Talk; Rough Trade Books x Garden Museum Anniversary Party, Arnold Circus, London2022   No More Hot Air, Group Show, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria 
2021    CPD for Teachers and Educators, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea2021    Artist in Residence, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria 
2021    Pour Decisions with Claire Ratinon, Power to Change, Tate Modern, London
2021   All Experiences Dissolve into Experiences, Schools and Communities project, Folkestone Triennial
2021  Sidley Tourist Board, Sidley, East Sussex
2021   All The Time Under Our Feet, Englands Creative Coast Geocache Commission, Bexhill on Sea 2021   100% Compost, a compost heap sculpture for a school, All Saints Primary School, Sidley
2021   Follow Your Nose, enquiry prompting app, De La Warr Pavilion
2021   After School: Signs and Messages, National Gallery, London 
2021   Rough Trade In Conversation; Claire Ratinon, Sam Ayre and Zakiya McKenzie, Garden Museum, London
2021    In Conversation; Claire Ratinon, Sam Ayre and Sarah Hughes, West Dean Garden’s Residency
2021    Horticultural Appropriation: Why Horticulture Needs Decolonizing with Claire Ratinon, Rough Trade Books 2021   If I Had All The Time in the World..., Whitechapel Gallery and Tower Hamlets Schools, London. 
2021   You Will Hear Us!, Whitechapel Gallery and Newham Primary Schools, London 
2020   Naturally Focused, Big Draw Drawing Resource, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea 
2020    Everything Changes Everything, with Young Creatives , De La Warr Pavilion,, Bexhill on Sea
2020    Who’s On The Pedestal?, Art UK Home School Resource
2020    We Make Noise, Youth Manifesto Project, Alexandra Palace Creativity Pavilion, London 
2020    New Rituals, with the Young Creatives at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
2020   Utopian Landscapes, Open School East, Young Associates Programme, Margate 
2020  Pour Decisions, Tate Lates, Tate Modern, London *Covid Cancelled*
2020    We Insist! Quarter House, Folkestone
2020    Pour Decisions, solo exhibition, Tina We Salute You, London

2020    Radical Figures Teachers Workshop, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2020    Creative Careers Convesations, Bow Arts x Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford, London  2020    Portraying Pregnancy, Early Years portrait, music and fashion workshops, Foundling Museum 2019      Showy Business, Early Years fashion, music and movement workshops, Foundling Museum
2019       People Go to Art Galleries On Their Days Off, PechuKutcha Talk, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
2019      Boss Not the Bossed, Open School East Young Arts Producers, Margate
2019        Mapping Margate, Turner Contemporary, Margate 
2019       Environmental Environments, Stormont House School
2019      Pour Decisions, 176 Gallery (Balcone)
2019  Portland Inn Project as Potteries Thinkbelt residency with Collective Matter, at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer 
2019       Art of Change, Young Creatives, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhil-on-Sea
2019        Text Message, Stormont House SEND School
2019        Take It As A Sign, Tranquil City and London National Park City Festival
2019        Family 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


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


2008            BA Byam Shaw School of Art
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


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