EDUCATION
2020    Masters in Fine Art Practice. Glasgow School of Art
2013    BA (Hons) Degree, Painting. Grays School of Art
2012    Erasmus Study Programme. Turku Arts Academy, Finland

SOLO + TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019 Paes-Wisp for Shetland Wool Week, Shetland Museum
2018    Half oot afore i’ da left. An Tobar, Isle of Mull
2017    islandess with Jane Walker. Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland
            Island Connections. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2015    Erosions. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2014    Fragments with Gemma BalfourShetland Museum, Shetland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019    Across Land and Sea. Circus Art Space, Inverness
Coast. An Talla Solais, Ullapool
Utomhus. North Atlantic Lighthouse, Hanstholm, Denmark
            Hopelessly Devoted. Garment Factory, Glasgow
2018    Perception. Shetland Museum, Shetland
Space Station ØY, Motí at ØY Festival, Papa Westray
            RSA Open. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017    Relate North. Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design, The University of Lapland, Finland
            VAU Members Show. Crownpoint Gallery, Glasgow
            RSA Open. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
            Traces. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2016    Reflector. AARK, Korpo, Finland
            VAU Members Show. St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh
            Black and White. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
            Method (in the madness). Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
            Toaty Wee. VAU Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
            Stuffed Gallery. Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2015    VAU Members Show. Generator Projects, Dundee
            VAU Corridor Exhibition. VAU Studios, Glasgow
2014    VAU Members Show. The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
            Visual Art & Craft Awards Exhibition. Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
            Shetland Open.Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
2013    Degree Show. Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
            Fourth Year Painting Exhibition. The Arts Complex, Edinburgh
2012    Ice Hole. Turku Arts Academy, Turku, Finland
            A Study Abroad. Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
            Idyll. Brinkhall Manor, Turku, Finland
2011    Winter Exhibition. Peacocks Visual Arts, Aberdeen
2008    On Course. Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum, Shetland

WORKSHOPS + TALKS
2019    Workshop: Fish Skin stitching for Kulturmødet Mors (Danish Cultural Meeting)
Workshop: Fish skin as textiles. Hanstholm, Denmark
Guest Speaker: Hanstholm Lighthouse Culture Club
2018    Workshop: Lead Artist for Autism Strategy art workshops, Shetland
Lecture: The internet, a tool for establishing projects. Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
2017    Panelist: Are we at the Tipping Point? Sonica, CCA, Glasgow
            Guest Artist/Speaker: Flotilla, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 
            Workshop: Fish Skin as Art and Craft. Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland
Artist Talk: Islandness. Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2019    Hanstholm Art Space. Denmark
2018    Bothy Projects, Sweeney's Bothy, Isle of Eigg
2016    Archipelago Art Residency Korpo, Finland
2015    Mull Arts and Sustainability Residency. Creative Carbon Scotland and Comar

SELECTED ART ROLES
2016 -   Workshop Leader. Arts in Care, Shetland Arts
2016-19  Lecturer. Creative Industries + Community Learning. Shetland College UHI
2017     Producer. Frontiers in Retreat: Edge Effects. SSW at CCA, Glasgow
             Arts Assistant. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
2016     Programme Assistant Intern. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
Workshop Leader. Arts in Care, Shetland Arts
2015     Facilitator. Sonica, ‘Music, Technology and Engagement’. CCA, Glasgow
             Facilitator. ‘VAU Pillow Talk: Emerging Years’. South Block, Glasgow

AWARDS
2017    Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts + Creative Scotland 
2016    Shetland Open. Winner of ‘Painting, Drawing and Sculpture’ category
2013    Visual Art and Craft Award. Shetland Arts + Creative Scotland 

COMMISSIONS + PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2013    ‘Plutonic‘ Blue Sky Office Space, Aberdeen
2012    ‘You Cannot Step in the Same River Twice’Turku, Finland

ISLANDNESS
Islandness is a living experiment. An open platform spanning the North Atlantic, this project explores life on two northern islands through the art practices of two islanders: Jane Walker (Newfoundland) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland). islandness aims to bring people and place together, forging new bonds among individuals, artists and communities beyond the framework of a single artwork or contemporary art exhibition.
More info at islandness.net