Paulina Sandberg

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With an interest in the relationship between us, our bodies and nature, I use my practice to question notions of the wild and foreign, the within and without, and to explore ways of condensing the environment into a heightened sensory experience that works viscerally on the human body before mind and body reach their reward.

Co-founded artist-run collaboration echo with Tonya McMullan and together with her curated a series of exhibitions and events between 2007 and 2010 in Edinburgh and Stockholm.


Living and working in Edinburgh and Stockholm.

contact: paulina.sandberg[at]

  MFA Fine Art (Art Space and Nature) at Edinburgh College of Art 2003-2005
  BA Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art 2000-2003
  Gerlesborgsskolan School of Art, Stockholm Sweden 1999-2000
  Birkagården School of Art, Stockholm, Sweden 1996-1998
  Ethnology and Philosophy at Stockholm University, Sweden 1992-1993, 1994-1995
  residencies/ awards:
  Zarakes residency, Evia, Greece, 2016.
  Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop micro-residency, 2010
  Scottish Arts Council artist professional development grant, 2008
  Scottish Arts Council curatorial practice grant, 2008
  Royal Scottish Academy artist residency at Hospitalfields, Arbroath, 2007
  EVAAC Edinburgh visual arts award 2007
  August Ringnérs travel award, Sweden 2000
  Gustav and Ida Unman painting award, Sweden, 1998
  solo/two person shows:
  Drawing on Performance, Basic Mountain, Edinburgh 2015
  Mutated stars, Whitespace, Edinburgh 2014
  Blue Box Room, Annuale, Edinburgh. 2012
  Janus' Threshold II, Exchange Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. 2010
  Janus' Threshold I, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh. 2010
  Carpe Urtica Nocturne, Project Slogan residency, Aberdeen,. 2008
  Shrubbery, Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh. 2006
  Enclosure, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh.2005
  a selection of group exhibitions:
  Presentation, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 2019
  Socius 18, DOK Space, Edinburgh 2018
  Coup de Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh 2016-2017
  Duplicit, Snehta Gallery, Athens, Greece 2016
  Corridor Illusion, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh 2016
  Edinburgh11, Ebor Studio, Littleborough 2016
  Out of Sight, Whitespace, Edinburgh 2016
  Beyond Perception, University of Aberdeen 2015
  The Oracle, Interviewroom11, Edinburgh 2014
  Defcon Salon1, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 2013
  Sunshine & Precipitation, La Station, Nice, France 2012
  Curious Pursuits, The Portico Library, Manchester. 2012
  PRE-FIX performance event, Catalysts Arts, Belfast. 2011
  Give and Take, Lost Coast Cultural Mashine, California, USA 2011
  Give and Take, PS2, Belfast 2011
  Salon Vert, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 2011
  Elephants at the Royal Standard, The Royal Standard, Liverpool 2011
  PreFix, Catalyst Arts, Belfast 2011
  CrossTalk video art festival, Budapest, Hungary 2010
  Supermarket, Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden 2009
  Gledinbow, St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh 2008
  Research, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2008
  Starting Point, Point Hotel, Edinburgh 2008
  On Air, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros, Hungary 2007
  OK Okay, St. Andews Museum, Kinburn House, St. Andrews 2007
  Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop New Members Show, Gallery A1, Edinburgh 2007
  Art is note mute, Ersta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2007
  Textual Healing, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 2007
  Back Garden Biennale, Edinburgh 2006
  MFA Degree show, Edinburgh College of Art at Evolution House, Edinburgh 2005
  RSA Student show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2005
  Dudelsack, Deutzer Brucke, Cologne, Germany 2005
  Privacy – a Programme of Symposia, various venues, Edinburgh 2004
  - curated by Olaf Nicolai, ProtoAcademy and the Henry Moore Foundation
  Interrupted cadence, Waverly Car Park, Edinburgh 2003
  Out of Order, (outdoors) in Cowgate and at ProtoAcademy, Edinburgh 2003
  Gas works, Waverly Car Park, Edinburgh 2003
  Spaen, Deutzer Brucke, Cologne, Germany 2003
  Going Continental, Universitat für angewandte Kunst Wien, Austria 2002
  Marked Dark, in a flat on Leith Walk, Edinburgh 2002
  performance/ events /screening:
  Drawing on Performance, Basic Mountain, Edinburgh - performance with Naomi Garriock 2015
  Artist Relaxation Helpline, interactive performance for Catalyst Arts, Belfast 2011.
  Cabinet - Limousine Bull Gallery offsite event at the Tunnels, Aberdeen - screening of The Revenge of the Red Squirrel. 2007
  Txt healing, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh - performance with Andy Brown for exhibition 'Textual Healing' 2007.
  'e.g:' (2011), ed. King J., Kindler von Knobloch A., Beirne R., Noonan-Ganley J., Keogh S. & O'Haoda J. Exchange Gallery exhibition catalogue, Dublin.

‘Privacy’ (2006), ed. Nicolai O., Davies B. & Duval S., (published by Artist House, distribution: Revolver Books, Frankfurt).

  ISBN 0955187508/ ISBN 386588249
  ‘Dudelsack’ (2005), (Dudelsack/Primaprint; Köln). ISBN 1-904443-06-0
  ‘Going Continental’ (2002)  ed. Bielz G. & Merrington K.,  (GIFT/Wimbledon School of Art; London). ISBN 0948327154