Sam Treadaway is a British artist whose interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, book arts, olfactory scent-based installations and occasionally live events. Often making use of existing frictions between aesthetic form and utilitarian function, he realigns, edits and transforms found materials, objects, structures and systems thus generating new meanings and outcomes. Within his olfactory work he is interested in exploring the transformative potential of scent as a countermove to our predominantly visual-centric world. The interplay between the arts and other fields of knowledge (such as science, philosophy, perfumery, and music) often inform and inspire his working processes.
Since 2011 Sam Treadaway has led, curated, and produced the collaborative, multidisciplinary and international arts initiative Revolve:R. Revolve:R is a unique artistic collaboration in which contemporary artists, poets, and musicians, from around the world (to date UK, USA, Africa, and Continental Europe) produce original artworks, poetry, film, soundscapes and music in response to a series of visual artwork prompts. The project to date has resulted in three bookwork publications, most recently Revolve:R, edition three (Arrow Bookworks & Intellect Books, Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA, 2018).
Commissions have included producing an olfactory installation titled A Clearing for Bideford Black: The Next Generation (Arts Council England + Flow Contemporary Arts) shown at the Burton Gallery (Bideford, UK), designing and making a large format sketch-book (approximately 100 cm height) for The Curfew Tower (Cushendall, Northern Ireland), and Sniff Disc, an olfactory work resulting from the transformation of a poem into scent (Translation Games) presented at The National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre, London, UK).
Residency projects have included transforming the AirSpace Gallery (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) into a Micro Brewery, an Artist and Writer residency with The National Trust (North Devon, UK) and, at the ARC residency (Romainmôtier, Switzerland), in discussion with a local Ayurvedic herbalist, he produced large scale incense cones from locally sourced medicinal plants.
Sam Treadaway has exhibited and completed residencies and commissions both within the UK and internationally. He has devised and led participatory workshops, taught as a visiting lecturer, and given public talks about his work in galleries and other cultural spaces.
Sam Treadaway grew up in the southwest of England. His mother is a retired teacher and gardener, his younger twin brothers are both actors, and his father is an award-winning architect. Alongside the arts Sam’s interests include human rights, animal rights, and environmental law. In his free time he enjoys gardening, plant-based cookery, meditation, and travel.
Recent exhibitions, publications, and projects include:
The Mechanism (Arrow Bookworks, 2021); Revolve:R, edition three (Arrow Bookworks & Intellect Books Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA, 2018); nano 1.2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Intersemiotic Journeys: Translating across Language and Sensory Borders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); 12:10 (date) 46˚41.617’N 006˚27.899’E, Oakmoss, Evernia prunastri, Espace dAM, Romainmôtier, Switzerland (2017); Revolve:R, edition two, James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, UCA, Farnham, UK (2017); R:R, Hours, Bristol, UK (2017); RISE, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK (2016); Imaginary Worlds, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales (2016); Revolve:R, edition two (Arrow Bookworks, 2015); Bideford Black: The Next Generation, Burton Gallery, Bideford, UK (2015); PROTECHT, Bank Space Gallery, London, UK (2015); Room&Book, ICA, London, UK (2015); Revolve:R, edition one, Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland (2014); Engagement and Entrapment, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2014); 63_360, B&B Gallery, Folkestone, UK (2014); Translation Games, National Poetry Library, London, UK (2014); Revolve:R, edition one (Arrow Bookworks, 2013); Emergency12, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (2012); The Paper Cooperative, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK (2011).
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