Working across jewellery, sculpture and ceramics within a vibrant studio practice.

Born 1993

Samantha Dennis runs a small studio from Launceston, Tasmania, where she crafts a range jewellery items and creates functional wheel thrown ceramics; including both unique private commissions and repeat production. Samantha also maintains a fine art practice, where she combines her craft based materials and skills to create small, intricate sculptures inspired natural phenomena and scientific discovery. After graduating from the Tasmanian College of Art in 2014 with First Class Honours, Samantha was awarded with a residency at Hellyer College (Burnie) as part of Arts Tasmania’s AiR Program. She is a recipient of the ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts and is the 2016 winner of the Artentwine Sculpture Biennially’s Small Sculpture Prize. Samantha's retail work is currently available through Lord Coconut (Melbourne), Design Tasmania (Launceston), and Lily and Dot (Hobart).

Edacious Paraphernalia

Project Space, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Project Gallery / October 2016 / www.sawtooth.org.au

Biophilia

The Little Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery / October 2015 / www.devonportgallery.com

The Garment as Ecosystem: Insights to Brooch Biology

Foyer Space, Constance ARI, Hobart / February 2015 /
www.constanceari.org


PIN 7, 2017, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.

Cool and Collected, 2017, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston.

Skull, 2017, Lord Coconut, Melbourne.

Artentwine Sculpture Biennially, 2016, Tamar Ridge Winery, Launceston.

Sawtooth ARI Members Exhibition, 2016, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston.

Sawtooth ARI Members Exhibition, 2015, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston.

Board(rs) and Surfaces: work from the Sawtooth ARI Board, 2015, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport.

Sawtooth ARI Members Exhibition, 2014, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston.

(curator) ‘Pickled: Tasmanian Artists working with Metal’, 2013, Brave Art Gallery, Longford.

(curator) The Summer School Showcase, 2013, Powerhouse Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA), Inveresk.

Politically Correct?, 2012, Powerhouse Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA), Inveresk.

Open Call, 2012, Powerhouse Gallery, SVPA, Inveresk.

The Annual First Year Show (curator), 2011, Powerhouse Gallery, SVPA, Inveresk.

(selected exhibition) ArtRage 2010, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston.

The Annual Summer School Showcase (member and curator), 2012, Powerhouse Gallery, SVPA, Inveresk.

Group Exhibitions


Artentwine Sculpture Biennially 2016, WINNER (small sculpture prize), exhibition to be held at Tamar Ridge winery from October 2016 to February 2017.

RACT Tasmanian Youth Portrait Prize 2013, Finalist, touring The Long Gallery (Hobart), Sawtooth ARI (Launceston) and Devonport Regional Gallery.

RACT Tasmanian Youth Portrait Prize 2012, Finalist, touring The Long Gallery (Hobart), Sawtooth ARI (Launceston) and Devonport Regional Gallery.

RACT Tasmanian Youth Portrait Prize 2010, Finalist, touring The Long Gallery (Hobart), Atrium Gallery – Utas (Burnie) and NEW Gallery – Utas (Launceston).

 

Prizes

Bachelor of Contemporary Art Tasmanian College of the Arts, 2013.

Bachelor of Contemporary Art with (First Class) Honours Tasmanian College of the Arts, 2014.

 

 

Graduate Awards:

- Best Art History and Contemporary Theory Analysis.
- Most Outstanding Graduate Portfolio
- Contemporary Art Tasmania Graduate Prize.


Listed on the Deans Roll of Excellence in 2011, 2012, 2013 and with honours in 2014

Grant: "ARTSTART"
Kickstart grant for emerging artists, Australia Council for the Arts (federal funding) 2015

 

Residency: "The AiR Program"
Artist in Residence at Hellyer College, Burnie, from February to May 2015. Programmed by Arts Tasmania (state funded).