About 

Samuel Bestwick                       23/01/96

I am an artist and filmmaker currently based in Cornwall. Primarily employing the use of moving image, my practice explores narrative in conjunction with place and social history, often re-contextualising these ideas within a modern context. In addition to this my work is often concerned with the act of looking and by extension, philosophies surrounding the camera itself. 

* Upon exploring my website you may be surprised with the lack of moving image content available to watch. This is for a number of reasons, most important of which being - the context in which my work is viewed. The films I make are often designed with a specific presentation in mind and should be experienced in this environment where possible.

Awards

 


​- Cornwall Heritage Trust grant. Cornwall. 2021  

​- FEAST project grant. Cornwall. 2021

 

- Member of the 'New Wave Jury' Cornwall film festival. 2021 

 

​- Recipient of Black Dogs Artist Bursary. 2019​

 

- Porthmeor Artist residency award, St.Ives. 2018



 

Upcoming Exhibitions

- 'Dowr Tamar / Great Water' Grays Wharf gallery, Penryn. 

January 2023 

'Champion trees of Cornwall' Rolling exhibition

Spring - Summer 2023

Previous Exhibitions.

- 'Glean' Back Lane West, Redruth.

April 2022

- 'Flatverse' Goldfish bowl gallery, Falmouth.

March 2022

- 'The Chorus of Faff' The Plough Arts centre, Torrington 

February - March 2022

- 'King Dog?' Miners and Mechanics institute, St.Agnes 

November 2021 

- 'Keskorra’ Porthmeor studios, St.Ives

October 2021   

 

- 'Earthly Bodies' The Cornish Bank, Falmouth

September 2021   

 

- 'Silent Film Showcase' 44AD Bath Fringe festival, Bath

June 2021  

- 'All about looking' Grays Wharf gallery, Penryn

May 2021

- 'together / apart ' That Art Gallery, Bristol.

May 2020

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- Falmouth University Degree show, Falmouth.

May 2019

- 'In Residency' Fox galleries, Woodlane campus, Falmouth.

November 2018 

- 'Lick the battery' Fish Factory Arts, Penryn.

November 2018

- '6/5' Porthmeor studios, St.Ives.

July 2018

- 2nd year Fine Art exhibition at Poly, Falmouth.

March 2018

- 'All change' Bath college.

May 2015
 

Previous Residencies


 

- Participant in the Cornwall Workshop, Kestle Barton 

2022

- Four month Artist residency at Back lane west, Redruth. 

January - May 2022

 

- Month long Artist residency at Porthmeor studios, St.Ives.

July 2018​



 

Screenings


 

- 'Dream BIG' Pool School Gallery, Pool.

January 2020 

 

- Porthmeor studios experimental film evening, St.Ives 

April 2019/2017 



 

Commissions 


- 'Dream BIG’ Project with Pool School Gallery, Pool.

November - January 2020


 

Education

 

- BA(Hons)Fine Art, Falmouth university. First Class

2016-2019

- Art Foundation at Bath college. Distinction

2014-2015

- Extended Diploma In Art and Design at Bath College.

2012-2014