Artist in Residence: Sophia Sample

Sophia Sample is an artist living and working in Salisbury. She received a BA in Creative Art in 2012 and an MA in Fine Art in 2014 from Bath School of Art and Design. 

Her painting practice focuses on our understanding and experience of time and event, both past and present; as lived experience, and as developed historical narrative. She takes inspiration from the places and moments in which we begin to grasp the enormity of human history; stood before ancient monuments, during periods of isolation or confinement, and before border walls. The paintings, in which the line between representation and reality is finely balanced, reimagine the walls, paint and signage from these places of contemplation and separation. She uses the image of the wall as a symbol of the metaphysical barrier between the parallel cultural and personal meaning of historic events.

When not painting, Sophia shares her interest in art and history with people from all over the world through her work at Salisbury Museum. As with artefacts in museums, the paintings point toward a much larger story, whether it be a switched off light in the deserted corridors of a building closed during a global pandemic or a Russian flag found draped across the front of Salisbury Cathedral.

Sophia’s work has been selected and shown throughout the South West including at the Royal West of England Academy, Wells Art Contemporary, Black Swan Arts, Salisbury Art Centre and the Royal Drawing School in London.

Sophia will be the Artist in Residence at Memory Fine Art gallery throughout 2020/21 and will be exhibiting work in the gallery and sometimes attending the gallery for open days and working from the space. Please get in touch to find out more about Sophia’s work, viewings & gallery visits as we will need to plan in advance for these under social distancing guidelines due to Covid-19.

Examples of Sophia's work


MA Fine Art
Bath School of Art & Design

BA (Hons) Creative Arts
Bath School of Art & Design

Foundation Degree Applied Art & Design
Wiltshire College Salisbury

BTEC Art & Design
Wiltshire College Salisbury


Bath School of Art & Design Alumni Show
Sion Hill Campus, Bath
March 2020

167 Annual Open Exhibition
RWA, Bristol
September - December 2019

Insatiable Mind
Salisbury Arts Centre
Salisbury International Arts Festival
24th May - 13th June 2019

​166 Annual Open Exhibition
RWA, Bristol
October - November 2018

Black Swan Arts Open 2018
Black Swan Arts, Frome
October - November 2018

44AD artspace, Bath
September 2017

Wells Art Contemporary
Bishops’ Palace, Wells
October 2016

Bath School of Art & Design MA Degree Show
Sion Hill Campus, Bath
September 2014

Bath School of Art & Design MA Interim Show
Dartmouth Avenue Campus, Bath
June 2014

Red Line Art Works
Fringe Arts Bath
34 Stall Street, Bath
June 2013

Before the Common Era
44AD Artspace, Bath
March 2013

And the Molecules Changed in the Room
44AD Artspace, Bath
January 2013

Please Do Not Bang or Open The Cages
44AD Artspace, Bath
November 2012

National Open Art Competition
The Royal Drawing School, London & Minerva Theatre, Chichester
October 2012

Bath School of Art & Design Degree
Show 2012
Sion Hill Campus, Bath & Elements Art
Space, Midland Road, Bath   
June 2012

Milsom Place, Bath & Dartmouth Avenue
Campus, Bath
April 2012


What were you thinking?! with Tim Davies
Bath School of Art and Design
February 2017

Tell It As It Is
Bemerton After School Club
Anonymous LGBTQ+ Group
Salisbury Art Centre
Wiltshire Creative
May 2019

The Museum of You
Salisbury Museum
July 2019

A Midas Touch: Contemporary Icon Painting with Tim Davies
Summer 2020 (postponed)