si sapsford

Si Sapsford

Senior Lecturer

Fine Art

Department of Architecture & Visual Arts , School of Arts and Creative Industries

As a member of the UEL fine art staff, senior lecturer Si Sapsford delivers across all three years with a focus on first year seminars and projects.

Areas Of Interest

Fine Art

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Si Sapsford is a module leader, co-leading the first year programme with lecturer Amanda Francis, running the weekly seminars, which introduce students to principles of fine art practice and are a forum to showcase students' artwork and discuss any related ideas or concepts.

Students have an opportunity to build a sense of community, while individually developing a capacity to articulate ideas.

Si also runs a series of springboard projects to induct students to workshops, in order to enhance their skills and confidence. UEL Fine Art has been at the forefront of integrating new technologies such as 2D and 3D printing with traditional sculptural and printing practices.

After graduating from Queen Mary College with a Biology degree she sailed around the world for seven years before going to Chelsea College of Art, and graduating with an MFA from the Royal College of Art.

She has won various awards including BP Travel Award, Battersea Park Annual Award and has contributed to various publications including Turps painting magazine. 

She has exhibited widely including National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Mall Gallery, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Gallerie M.LeitBarbosa, Rio.


  • BP Travel Award, National Portrait Gallery
  • Battersea Park Annual Award, awarded by Sir Norman Foster
  • NENE Award, Ashley Stewart Prize, London Institute
  • King Sturge Art Prize (Highly Commended), London Institute, Davies Street

External roles

  • Sub editor, MASS sculpture magazine



  • 2015 National Portrait Gallery, Sargent project.
  • 2015 University of East London, Trinity Buoy Wharf.
  • 2015 Civil Unrest, Trinity Buoy Wharf.
  • 2012/3 Albert Project, London.
  • 2005 Withdrawing, Melbourne, Monash University, Australia.
  • 2003 Office, 7 Bedford Row.
  • 2002 fig1 domoBaal contemporary art, London.
  • 2002 Lifeboat men, Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, Sheffield.
  • 2001  Lifeboat men, National Portrait Gallery, London. 
  • 2000  On being moved, domoBaal contemporary art, London.
  • 2000 Cab Gallery, London.
  • 2000 On not being here and being moved, Whiteleys, Bayswater,  London.
  • 2000 Iceland.
  • 1998  Lisbon. 
  • 1998  Paris, Cite International Des Arts, Solo Exhibitions.

Group Exhibitions.

  • 2018 Peter Harris and Friends . New river studios, London.
  • 2018 Facevalue 3. Dirty. Work. Jealous Gallery.
  • 2017  Ra summer Exhibition.
  • 2017  Bronze, Greyfriars Art Space Norfolk.
  • 2016 discerning eye invited artist. Mall Gallery.
  • 2015 On Sargent National Portrait gallery.
  • 2014  Witness, Lynden Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012 Kilburn Film Festival, London.
  • 2012  Christ Church, London.
  • 2011  When The Dead help the Living, Light projects, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2011  Domestic Affairs, Rio, Brazil.
  • 2011 Mail Art at the Memorial Galleria Progresso, Porto Allegra, Brazil.
  • 2011 Absorbency Retreat, curated by Alexis Harding, AVA Gallery, London.
  • 2010 Kilburn Film Festival.
  • 2010 National Open Art Competition.
  • 2007 Dream Home, Novas Gallery London.
  • 2007 Strange Geography, Kingsgate Gallery, London.
  • 2005 Young Masters, London.
  • 2005 39 gallery, London.
  • 2004 Kilburn film festival Tricycle cinema, London.
  • 2004 The Great Indoors, Kingsgate Gallery, London.
  • 2004 Hand luggage, K3 Gallery, Zurich.
  • 2004 39 Gallery, London.
  • 2003 Drawing 100, Tannery Arts, London.
  • 2003 Wallace space, London.
  • 2002 Jerwood Drawing Prize, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Hull, Manchester.
  •  2002 TAXY Essor gallery, 57 Ewer St, London.
  • 2001 National Football Museum, UK.
  • 2000 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
  • 2000 Albany Theatre, London.
  • 2000 Hackney Empire, London.
  • 2000 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
  • 2000 Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK.
  • 2000  Flirt, Paton Gallery, London

Research field

Si Sapsford is a British artist, who has exhibited both in the UK and abroad. Her work investigates both the human condition and the political world we live in, through various materials including mechanised domestic furniture. She employs a variety of sculptural methods raising issues such as migration, domestic violence, poverty, patriarchy and health, reacting to current events as they unfold.


  • 2018 Civil Unrest Si Sapsford and Faisal Abdu'Allah.
  • 2018 Turps issue 20 The Sight Size Method  ISSN 1749-3994.
  • 2018 Turps  issue 20 John Singer Sargent  ISSN 1749-3994.
  • 2015 500 Portraits 25 years of the BP Portrait Award (National Portrait Gallery Publications)



  • AVA VA4013 a application and experimentation
  • AVA VA4013 b application and experimentation
  • AVA VA4012 Research into Practice