CV

EDUCATION
2009-2013  BA (Hons) Degree, Painting. Grays School of Art. Aberdeen, Scotland
2012  Erasmus Study Programme. Turku Arts Academy. Turku, Finland
2008-2009  NC Art and Design. Shetland College. Lerwick, Shetland

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017
‘islandess’ Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada. With Jane Walker. Curated by Penelope Smart.
‘Island Connections’. Bonhoga Gallery, Weidsale, Shetland
2015
Erosions’. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
‘RSA Open 2017’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
‘Traces’ Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland
2016
One of the most essential things one needs to walk on the archipelago islands is a reflector’ AARK, Korpo, Finland
‘VAU Members Show 2016’ St Margarets House, Edinburgh, Scotland
Black and White’ Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland
‘Method (in the madness)’ Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
‘Toaty Wee’ VAU Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
‘Stuffed Gallery’ Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2015
‘VAU Members Show 2015’ Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
‘VAU Corridor Exhibition’ VAU Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
2014
‘VAU Members Show’  The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Scotland
‘Shetland Arts Visual Art & Craft Awards Exhibition’  Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland
‘Shetland Open 2014’ Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland
‘Fragments’  Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick, Shetland
2013
Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2013’  Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland
‘Fourth Year Painting Exhibition’  The Arts Complex, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012
‘Ice Hole’.  Turku Arts Academy, Turku, Finland
‘A Study Abroad’  Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland
‘Idyll’ Brinkhall Manor, Turku, Finland
2011
‘Winter Exhibition’  Peacocks Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
2008
‘On Course’  Da Gadderie, Lerwick, Shetland

WORKSHOPS
2017
‘Fish Skin as Art and Craft’ 
Bonnavista Biennale, Newfoundland, Canada

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2016
Artist in Residence. Archipelago Art Residency Korpo (AARK) Finland
2015
Mull Arts and Sustainability Residency. Facilitated on the Isle of Mull, Scotland by Creative Carbon Scotland and Comar.

AWARDS
2017
Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts in partnership with Creative Scotland and Shetland Islands Council.
2016
Shetland Open, Black and White. Winner of ‘Painting, Drawing and Sculpture’ category
2013
Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts in partnership with Creative Scotland and Shetland Islands Council.

ART ROLES
2016 -Present
Creative Industries & Community Learning Lecturer. University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland College, Lerwick, Shetland
Workshop Leader. Arts in Care, Shetland Arts, Lerwick, Shetland
2017
Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects, Assistant Producer. SSW at CCA Glasgow, Scotland
Freelance Arts Assistant. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland
2016
Programme Assistant Intern. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland
2015
Facilitator. Sonica Festival. ‘Music, Technology and Engagement’. CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
Facilitator. ‘VAU Pillow Talk: Emerging Years’. South Block, Glasgow, Scotland
2011- 2013
Textile Studio Assistant. Neila-Nell Artwear.  Hoswick, Shetland.
2010
Freelance invigilator. Bonhoga Art Gallery.  Weisdale, Shetland.
Workshop Assistant. Alison Macleod Jewellery.  Lerwick, Shetland.

VISUAL ARTIST UNIT
I am Co-Founder and Communications Officer for Visual Artist Unit, an arts organisation supporting emerging artists based in Scotland and improving public engagement and access to contemporary art for the wider community.

COMMISSIONS and PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2013
Plutonic‘.  Blue Sky Office Space, Westhill, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2012
‘You Cannot Step in the Same River Twice’.  Roskisgalleria – Turku, Finland

PUBLICATIONS
2016
60 North Magazine – Autumn Edition
60 North Magazine – Spring Edition
2015
Northern Renewal ‘Issue 4 – Green Surge’ Magazine
2014
Visual Artist Unit Members Show Catalogue
Shetland Life Magazine
2013
Grays School of Art Degree Show Catalogue
Grays School of Art Painting Degree Show Catalogue
Grays School of Art ‘Fourth Year Painting Exhibition’ Catalogue

PRESS
2016
Watch Me See – Studio Visit: Vivian Ross-Smith
2015
Aberdeen City Council – ‘Erosions’
The Island Review – Latitudes North
2014
Visual Artist Unit – Graduate Collective
Visual Arts and Craft Award
So Much to Sea
Visit Shetland Newsletter – News from Shetland’s Creative Scene – March
The Shetland Times – “Landscape explored by talented young artists”
2013
Visit Shetland Newsletter – News from Shetland’s Creative Scene – November
Arts in Britain
Vivian Ross-Smith – Blue Sky Business Space Commission
Interview with 2013 Painting Graduate Vivian Ross-Smith
Robert Gordon University press release from piece ‘Plutonic’
Aberdeen Business News press release for piece ‘Plutonic’
Shetland News Press release for piece ‘Plutonic’
BlueSky Business Space website press release for piece ‘Plutonic’
A Funky Scottish Life Blog – ‘Introducing…Vivian Ross-Smith’
2012
 ‘You Cannot Step in The Same River Twice’.  Roskisgalleria – Turku Finland.
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