Sam Read is an artist based in Sheffield. He is a studio holder at GLOAM, an artist-led gallery and amember of The Retro Bar, a collective of artists and writers with a shared interest in cultural theory and mental health. Read is an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary and an Associate Educator at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. His practice encompasses traditional & digital drawing, painting and printmaking. His artwork is inspired by graphic design, literature and art history. He often uses humour and juxtaposition to uncover links andcontrasts between characters and scenes found within unconventional source material

Group Exhibitions:

  • A Hatching, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, 2018
  • The Public Secret, Whitehall Ind. Estate & York House, Leeds, 2018
  • Dog Man Star, MPND, Loughborough, 2018
  • EBC012 – “Lyin”, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol, 2017
  • Cogito Ergo Sum, Ne Plus Ultra Projects, Leicester, 2017
  • Happy To Be Here, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 2017
  • Speaking Spaces, Lightbox Gallery, Leicester, 2016
  • Don’t Mind, 2 Queens, Leicester, 2016
  • Beyond Seven Mountains, Thoroughsale Woods, Corby, 2016
  • When I Am You Then I Know Myself, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016
  • Birth Element Decor, 2 Queens, Leicester, 2016
  • Breathing Fog, 2 Queens, Leicester, 2015
  • De Montfort University Art & Design Degree Show, Leicester, 2015
  • Leicester Open Variant Exhibition, Firebug, Leicester, 2015
  • 3-Piece, LCB Depot, Leicester, 2014
  • Ambition, Newark House Museum, Leicester, 2013
  • Fine Art BA Lvl 4 Exhibition, De Montfort University, Leicester, 2013
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma Show, City of Bath College, 2012

Solo Exhibitions:

  • A Wobbling Hive, Hutt Collective, Nottingham, 2017


  • The Sofa Residency: Red Monday, F-L-A-T-5, Nottingham, 2019


  • Fermynwoods Contemporary Art (various projects), 2015-2018
  • Out in The Open, Lightbox Gallery, Leicester, 2015
  • 3-Piece, LCB Depot, Leicester, 2014


  • The Hepworth Wakefield, 2017-present
  • Nottingham Contemporary, 2017-present
  • The Core, Corby, 2017
  • Sheffield Futures & Brathay Trust, 2017
  • C E Academy & Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, 2015-present


  • Gloam Artists’ Studios and Gallery, Sheffield: Studio-Holder, 2017-present
  • 2 Queens Artists’ Studios and Gallery, Leicester: Studio-Holder, 2015-17; Committee Member, 2016-17
  • DMU Fine Art Society: Chairperson, 2014-15


  • Phoenix Cinema & Art Gallery Interact Labs Bursary, 2016
  • DMU Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art, 2013/14


  • Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Hons), De Montfort University, 2015
  • Arts Award Assessor (Bronze & Silver), 2015
  • Foundation Art and Design Diploma (Merit), City of Bath College, 2012

Email: info@samfrancisread.com
Insta: @samfrancisread

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