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Artist profile

Sophie Gresswell – Artist

I am a multi-disciplinary artist exploring identity and belonging. I have a particular interest in using art to emphasise a connection between us which transcends our individual lifespan, and amplifies the way our human stories intersect through generations, cultures and history to bring us to the current moment in time, and inform the very people we are today.

I balance personal practice with socially engaged arts projects and work with community organisations, charities, museums, and in educational settings to engage various groups in discourse around migration and living heritage.

I have recently moved to Derbyshire and would like to find networks here to collaborate, create and explore with other creatives and surrounding communities.


Creative Genre

  • I specialise in painting but also work with poetry, clay and digital collage.

Work Undertaken

  • • 2019: Wrote
  • animated and starred in short film ‘Where are you from?’ commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England • 2020: Ran a project entitled ‘Ancestors
  • Protect Me’ exploring the experiences of artists of colour during lockdown. • 2021: Spoken word piece ‘Recovery’ was aired on BBC Radio 6 music. • 2021: My Story residency - An artist residency in library spaces around Hertfordshire - a 3 month residency which included a art and poetry event and an exhibition within the library. • 2021-2022: Solo Exhibition ‘Saint Roots and Tungi Fruits’ in Stables Gallery – New Orleans House Gallery
  • London. • 2022: POCC x Clear Channel x Shutterstock Artist in Residence
  • July 2022. • 2022: Through the Ages (Dunstable) - working with 2 schools and 2 tea and chat groups to create an intergenerational mural collaging portraits from local people
  • young and old. • 2022 - ongoing. Working with HMDT on their E project - working with 2 schools on a long term program to imbed arts practice in curriculum learning
  • with particular focus on inclusion and diversity. • 2023: Artist Residency to the Island of Saint Helena to explore ‘Saint’ heritage and identity. • Current project – On The Wings of a Wirebird will be showing work in Wardown House
  • museum and Gallery from now
  • until October. The final show will be at Higgins
  • Bedford from February – June 2024

Work in Education

  • 7 years of experience working in community focused projects
  • including running workshops in classrooms and working with schools to engage young people in public arts projects.


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