Chelsie Dysart

Chelsie Dysart
BA (Hons) Art & Design // University of Stirling ’18

Chelsie is a contemporary artist based in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Since graduating two years ago, she has ventured into teaching while continuing to develop her own practice – fulfilling a passion for creativity and lifelong learning.

“My artwork varies from one project to another, however my art is always inspired by something I’ve felt and by something I’ve observed. I feel that creating my work around something I’ve experienced allows me to connect with it and the message I am trying to communicate more deeply.

I decided that I wanted to devote my life to making art shortly after leaving school. I was a very shy and reserved individual lacking in self confidence. I turned to art to visually explore and express these experiences. I believe art has made me a stronger and more confident person by allowing me to use my voice.

Exploring the spatial existence of the human body is the key aspect of my practice. Whether this is through the relationships that we form with others that we meet; the exploration of emotional body language in response to mental health, trauma and loss; to the very question of our existence and the effects of it by filling the space and environment which surrounds us. My work takes a personal, reflective and expressive approach to every day life situations, twisting and reconstructing what is on the surface to show how it feels instead.

Grounding refers to the feeling of being ‘grounded’ in both a physical and mental sense. Some days, I’m motivated, keen, energetic and planning for a positive future, whereas other days I feel unsuccessful, unmotivated and unworthy of my chosen path. ‘How can we become more grounded within our lives?’, I ask myself most days. When my legs feel tangled and all over the place with no connection to the earth to walk in a straight path without any barriers, I find myself looking for a safe space”.

Chelsie has been involved in a variety of exhibitions throughout the UK, ranging from independent artist-run spaces to the Tate Modern. Her work has also been exhibited in Bulgaria, Greece, and France. She is a co-founder of the GOSSIP Collective (Graduate Opportunities Supporting Sustained Independent Practice), which aims to bring together a community of contemporary artists based in central Scotland through workshops, exhibitions and events.

Oil on paper
15 x 10 cm

Oil on paper
10 x 15 cm


2018 – 2019
Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE), University of Stirling.

2016 – 2018
BA (Hons) Art & Design, University of Stirling.

2014 – 2016
HND Contemporary Art, Forth Valley College, Stirling.


Embody without a Burden, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.

People Shape Glasgow, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow.
Generator Projects, Dundee.
Home, Tolbooth, Stirling.
My Other Side, M Gallery, Glasgow.

More Than, Cowane Centre, Stirling.
Reson@te, Ocean Terminal, Glasgow.
The Locale Project, The Glad Café, Glasgow.
HOMO, Transmission, Glasgow.
FVAB Open Studios, Cowane Centre, Stirling.
The Salon, Embassy, Edinburgh.
Intent, Cultivate, London.
COMmunication, Tolbooth, Stirling.

Royal Glasgow Insititute of Fine Art 154th Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Spotlight, Cowane Centre, Stirling.
Suprise 8, RA: K44, Athens.
LOFT Art Space, Gallery Bayer, France.
LOFT Art Space, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
May Expo, Safari Lounge, Edinburgh.
Degree Show, Forth Valley College, Stirling.
Print Out, Double Yolk Collective, Newcastle.
Captive, street performance, Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
International 6, Resonate Arts, Alloa.

Royal Glasgow Insititute of Fine Art 153rd Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Coming of Age, Whitespace, Edinburgh.
Future Late, Tate Modern, London.
Degree Show, Forth Valley College, Stirling.
Postcard Exhibition, Graffiti Clothing, Glasgow.
Journey, Arc Gallery, Stirling.


Redline Awards, Highly Commended.

Other Experience

Published Work

Artwork, A5 Magazine.
Artwork, Wotisart? Magazine.
Artwork, Democracy Zine.
Artwork and Interview, Art Reveal.
Artwork, Average Art Magazine.
Artwork, FTP Magazine.
Artwork and Interview, Yiara Magazine.
Illustrated Notebook, Autism Scotland.

Work Experience

2019 – Present
Lecturer, New College Lanarkshire, Cumbernauld.

2018 – 2019
Lecturer, Forth Valley College, Stirling.

Research Assistant, the University of Stirling.

2017 – Present
Co-Founder, GOSSIP Collective.

Workshop Facilitator, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust.

Learning Assistant, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh.
Workshop Facilitator, Pop Up! Scotland, Edinburgh.