Raya Gray is based at Absorb Arts studios in Hackney, London. An artist who has also engaged in design projects, she has reinstated her fine art practice after withdrawing from a postgraduate design course at UAL: Central Saint Martins for reasons related to the pandemic.

Utilising a range of media and simultaneously working within nonconceptual and conceptual domains, Raya’s research-based practice engenders investigations that acknowledge entanglements and fluctuations rather than definitive outcomes. The work is a sensory and aesthetically-reflexive interpretation that acts as both a temporarily living and permanent representational archive of tacit knowledge derived from specific terrains, ecological entities, human-made infrastructures and technologies. Filtering the subjects through a semi-fictional lens to form speculative environments probes nature, the body and technology’s coexistence amidst environmental disturbance.

b. 1996, Scotland.

2015–2019     First-Class, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art
2014–2015     Portfolio Preparation Course, Tramway Visual Arts Studio

Solo Exhibitions
2023     Forms of Symbiosis, Absorb Arts
2020     WIP, SWG3 Artist Studios
2019      Laissez-Faire, The Poetry Club

Group Exhibitions & Screenings
2023     MicroActs 15, MicroActs
2023     Artists Film Night, Analogue Ensemble
2022     Situated Knowledges, iota
2022     Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, Box Hub North St.
2022     Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, The Alchemy Experiment
2022     Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, University of Glasgow
2021      When We Have Never Been Human, What Is to Be Done?, Box Hub Vennel
2020     Members Show, Glasgow Print Studio
2019      free sources of raw materialGSA Degree Show 2019, Glasgow School of Art
2018      Something Like That, The Glue Factory
2017      EPHEMERA, David Dale Gallery
2017      Series Two, McLellan Galleries
2017      Toner cartridge is almost empty., Stereo
2016      art assistance, Tramway
2015      Paradise, Voidoid Archive
2015      Portfolio Exhibition, Tramway Visual Arts Studio

Curated Exhibitions & Screenings
2022     Close of Play: Art Making for Earthly Survival, Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
2022     Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, Box Hub North St.
2022     Creating Our Planet, Glasgow Goes Green Festival, University of Glasgow
2021      No Arrow of Time, Box Hub Vennel
2015      Paradise, Voidoid Archive

Extracurricular Courses
2023     Darkroom Printing with Seaweed Workshop, The Sustainable Darkroom
2023     Sustainability and Collaboration in 16mm Filmmaking Course, The Sustainable Darkroom
2023     16mm Film Processing Workshop, James Holcombe
2022     16mm Film Introductory Workshop, Alexander Hetherington
2019      Life Mouldmaking and Casting Course, Nick Brooks

2019–2020     SWG3 Graduate Programme, SWG3 Artist Studios

2020     UAL UK/EU Postgraduate Scholarship, University of the Arts London
2015      Nurturing Talent – TTS Fund, Creative Scotland

2022–Present     Print Club London
2021–Present      British Art Network and BAN Landscape Research Group

Employment & Voluntary Work
2022–Present     Studio Technician and Tutor, Print Club London
2021–2022          Workshop Facilitator, GSA Sustainability, Glasgow School of Art
2021–2022          Film Screening Coordinator and Panelist, GGGF 2022, Glasgow School of Art
2021–2022          Curator, Box Hub
2016–2020          Gallery Assistant, RGI Kelly Gallery
Oct. 2019              Temporary Workshop Assistant, Glasgow Print Studio
2015–2016           Art Assistant Volunteer, Turner Prize 2015
2014–2015           Workshop Volunteer, Glasgow Print Studio

2020                Polytechnic Youth, Record Label
2019–2020     Artificial Horizon, Record Label