Sam Williams

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Vault 8
Somerset House Studios

Sam Williams is an artist working across video, live performance and collage. His work explores the connections between the cinematic and the somatic and the relationships between site, body and archive. His research is focused on multispecies entanglements, mycelial networks, ecological systems and folk mythologies and how they can inspire ideas for present and future ways of non-human-centric living.


  • MA, Sculpture and Moving Image, Royal College of Art (distinction)

Solo shows

  • And In The Soil, There Be Mirrors, South Kiosk, London (with Hollie Miller)
  • Salvage Rhythms, She Will Art Space, Norway
  • the actual structure is the material, Siobhan Davies Dance, London

Selected shows, performances and screenings

  • ISLAND, Videograms Vilnius, Lithuania
  • See What I See, Darmstädter Sezession, Germany
  • See What I See, Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany
  • ISLAND, Somerset House Studios, London/online
  • Biting and Chewing, The Room Projects, Paris/online
  • AGM, Somerset House Studios, London/online
  • Chapter One, Sankt Studio, Berlin
  • See What I See, Swedenborg Film Festival, London
  • SPERRA: an apartment exhibition, Blaker, Norway
  • Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts, London
  • I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now, Somerset House Gallery 31, London
  • Recovery, Irruptive Chora, Chalton Gallery, London
  • Salvage Rhythms, Somerset House AGM, Somerset House Studios, London
  • Ian White: Cinema as a Live Art / Becoming Object, Kino Arsenal, Berlin
  • Sharing–Holding, PRAKSIS, Oslo
  • Queer Art(ists) Now, Rose Limpan Building, London
  • Looks Like God Left The Phone Off The Hook, Hackney Showrooms, London
  • Utopian Visions Art Fair, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • La Guarida Fiesta, MilesKM, London
  • Eyecatcher III, Big Screen, Focal Point Gallery, Essex
  • A Million Love Songs, Korai Project Space, Cyprus
  • On The Habit of Being Oneself, Sadler's Wells, London
  • Failed States, Deptford X, London
  • Synthetic Ecology II Midnight Notes, ONCA, Brighton
  • Cemetery Dialogue, Fragment Gallery, Moscow
  • Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York
  • Synthetic Ecology, ONCA, Brighton
  • ‘there was an idea of equality’, Baltic39, Newcastle
  • Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt
  • The 14th Cinema, London
  • OPEN16 Moving Image, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
  • Points of Departure, Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Essex
  • Slow Curtain, Late at Tate Britain, London (w/ Theo Adams Company)
  • Members’ Show, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
  • RCA SHOW 2016, Royal College of Art, London
  • Paper.Publication.Performance, Lychee One, London
  •, RCA Dyson Gallery, London
  • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
  • Borrowed Time, Jerwood Space, London
  • Panorama#1, Genesis Cinema, London
  • Jungle, Royal College of Art, London
  • Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (w/ Rosemary Butcher)
  • Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (w/ Rosemary Butcher)
  • Members’ Exhibition, Temporary Arts Project, Southend
  • Three Rings (Queer Archive), Waldorf Hotel, London
  • MONO, Courtyard Theatre, London
  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London
  • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
  • Sound It Out, V&A Museum, London (w/ Emptyset)
  • SkinCells, Rose Lipman Building, London
  • Performing Architecture, Tate Britain, London (w/ Emptyset)
  • Zwei Tage Strom, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • The Place, London (w/ Rosemary Butcher)
  • Visionary Kingdom, Arnolfini, Bristol (w/ Emptyset)
  • COMMA40, Bloomberg Space, London (w/ Rosemary Butcher)

Awards and Residencies

  • Rupert Residency, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Axisweb Digital Residency
  • Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency, Scotland
  • Darmstädter Sezession Prize for Young Artists
  • Somerset House/King's College London Research Grant
  • Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant
  • Wysing Arts Centre Syllabus VI
  • Somerset House Studios resident artist
  • Arts Council England Project Grant
  • London Creative Network Development Program
  • Elephant Trust Grant
  • Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant
  • PRAKSIS, Oslo (residency)
  • ArtHouse Jersey (residency)
  • JOYA Arte + Ecología (residency)
  • Artist Network Professional Development Bursary
  • Stuart Croft Foundation Award
  • Synthetic Ecology II Midnight Notes, ONCA, Brighton (residency)
  • Figure Four, Baltic39, Newcastle, UK (residency)
  • Relax Digital Commission
  • Cité Internationale des Art, Paris (residency)

Website by Nate van der Ende

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