EDUCATION
2013 BA (Hons) Degree, Painting. Grays School of Art. Aberdeen, Scotland
2012 Erasmus Study Programme. Turku Arts Academy. Turku, Finland

SOLO + DUO EXHIBITIONS
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 and Archives, Shetland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Aug-Oct. Utomhus. North Atlantic Lighthouse, Hanstholm, Denmark
Alight. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2018 Perception. Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland
Space Station ØY, Motí at ØY Festival, Papa Westray
RSA Open. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017   Relate North. Arctic Sustainable Arts, 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
           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. Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland

SELECTED WORKSHOPS + TALKS
2018   Lead Artist. Autism Strategy art workshops, Shetland
2017   Are we at the Tipping Point? Sonica, CCA, Glasgow
           Guest Artist/Speaker. Flotilla, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 
           Fish Skin as Art and Craft. Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018   Artist in Residence. Bothy Projects, Sweeney's Bothy, Isle of Eigg
2016   Artist in Residence. Archipelago Art Residency Korpo (AARK) Finland
2015   Mull Arts and Sustainability Residency. Creative Carbon Scotland + Comar

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

SELECTED ART ROLES
2016 - Present  
           Lecturer. Creative Industries + Community Learning. University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland College
Workshop Leader. Arts in Care, Shetland Arts
2018 Archivist. Frontiers in Retreat. Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
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
2015   Facilitator. Sonica: ‘Music, Technology and Engagement’. CCA, Glasgow
           Facilitator. ‘VAU Pillow Talk: Emerging Years’. South Block, Glasgow

PROJECTS
islandness is a multidimensional project creating space for dialogues about art, islandness and contemporary rurality. Through the facilitation of making and skill-share gatherings, community-focused dinners and workshops Jane Walker (Newfoundland) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland) question what it means to be an islander and encourage discussion around redefining ideas of “centre”.
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Visual Artist Unit (2013-2018) was an arts organisation supporting emerging artists based in Scotland and improving public engagement and access to contemporary art for the wider community.
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COMMISSIONS + PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2013 Plutonic. Blue Sky Office Space, Aberdeen
2012 You Cannot Step in the Same River Twice. Turku, Finland

WORKSHOPS + TALKS
2018 Life After Art School. Guest lecture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
2017 Are we at the Tipping Point? Guest speaker at Sonica, CCA, Glasgow
Guest Artist/Speaker at Flotilla, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 
Fish Skin as Art and Craft.
Workshop for Bonavista Biennale, Newfoundland

MEMBERSHIPS
Visual Arts Scotland
Scottish Society of Artists