Rosalind Sanderson

Rosalind Sanderson
MA Fine Art // Edinburgh College of Art ’19

Rosalind is an artist and art facilitator based in Edinburgh. Her practice often takes the form of colourful and expressionistic paintings and prints.

Her work is strongly inspired by her environment and experiences and she enjoys experimenting with combinations of printmaking, painting and collage. Rosalind’s interest in using art to create a positive impact on people has led her to freelance work with arts learning, community arts and art in healthcare initiatives, including Edinburgh Art Society, Jupiter Artland, Linlithgow Museum, Whale Arts Agency, Art in Healthcare Charity and Articulate Cultural Trust. Beyond art she is hugely influenced by music, which she has been able to incorporate into creative workshops and collaborations.

This piece is taken from Rosalind’s Landscape, Natural Rhythms and Elements series. “Ideas of landscape, universal elements and natural rhythms of waves, rain and wind informed this work. Although abstract, compositions diagram natural phenomena and fragments of landscape. I enjoyed exploring printmaking, and combining its ordered and technical processes with more intuitive elements of paint, collage and colour. I worked spontaneously, responding to and adjusting marks as work progressed, and used a range of mediums to produce dynamic, layered pieces which hold within them a sense of rhythm and flow”.

More recently, she has begun to explore ideas of landscape in context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“During the pandemic my themes have taken on a new resonance whilst my subject matter changed. The paintings produced explore my environment whilst in lockdown, primarily taking inspiration from nature. At the time of making, it is not clear what life will look like as we emerge from lockdown, caught between before and life after the virus”.

Rosalind has exhibited her work in a number of Edinburgh venues, including the Embassy gallery, St Margaret’s House, Space Club and several of ECA’s exhibition spaces, as well as in France. She has also organised and co-curated group exhibitions. Following her degree show, Rosalind was selected as a Saatchi Art Rising Star, shortlisted for the Astaire Art Prize and was also commissioned to paint a mural for a café (2019). In addition, she has works in a number of collections, including that of NHS Lothian.

Oil paint, oil pastel, marker pen and lithograph on angled board
43.5 x 63 x 3.5cm


2014 – 2019
MA Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art.

2016 – 2017
Erasmus exchange to Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg, France.

2013 – 2014
Portfolio Preparation, Glasgow Clyde College.


Art Walk Porty, Go Go Beets, Portobello, Edinburgh (cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic).

Astaire Art Prize 2019, Edinburgh College of Art.
Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art.
54321, The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art.
Sculpture Court Opening Celebration, Edinburgh College of Art.

Guns On The Run, Edinburgh College of Art.
Salon, Embassy, Edinburgh.

Summer Show, Flat Seven, Edinburgh.
Running Up that Hill, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
Common Threads, Glasgow School of Art.
City Hues, Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg, France.

Sorry I Had a Seminar, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art.

Second Closing, Andrew Grant Corridor, Edinburgh College of Art.
Art Tasting, Space Club, Edinburgh.
Washed Up, Minto House, Edinburgh College of Art.

Fresh Meat, The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art.


Saatchi Art Rising Star
Astaire Art Prize, Edinburgh College of Art, Shortlisted.

Exceptional Student, Glasgow Clyde College Portfolio Preparation.

Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award

Other Experience


CURRENTS, Organised and co-curated joint exhibition with Hayley Whittingham. Pop Up Edinburgh, 17 Dundas Street.

Figure and Feeling, Organised and co-curated joint exhibition with Hayley Whittingham. Thomsons Tower, Dr Neil’s Garden, Duddingston.
Cured Meat, Organised and co-curated group exhibition of sixteen MAFA fourth years. Engine Room, The Fire Station, Edinburgh College of Art.


Commission to paint mural, table and menus for Go Go Beets cafe, Portobello, Edinburgh.

Work Experience

> Prepared digital resources for Art in Healthcare charity’s ‘Room for Art’ programme during lockdown. ‘Room for Art’ is a series of workshops taking place in Edinburgh with the premise that making art and particularly making art in group contexts can impact positively on health and wellbeing.
> Lead Artist for ‘Play Sense Create’, a series of sensory music and art sessions for children with additional support needs and their families taking place at Whale Arts Agency in Edinburgh.
> Volunteered as a musician with Starcatcher’s ‘Expecting Something’ group at Whale Arts Agency, helping to engage young children with sound.
Volunteer workshop assistant with Art in Healthcare’s ‘Room for Art’.

> Developed and delivered heritage themed family activities for Linlithgow Heritage Museum

2018 – 2019
> Events Coordinator for Edinburgh Art Society, coordinating bi-weekly arts workshops at Edinburgh College of Art.

> Marketing for ‘Creative and Cultural Careers Festival, Edinburgh.

2017 – 2018
> Artist assistant for Maia Quille and Sarah Dale. ‘Threshold’. The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh.