Sam Plagerson

Practicing Artist & University Fine Art Lecturer



Sam is a Fine Art Tutor with a specialism that explores the intersection between photography and sculpture.

He has a BA in Sculpture from Wimbledon College of Art and an MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art and is a PhD researcher in the Art Department at Goldsmiths University.

His work is focused on an interrogation of the image with particular attention to the positioning of the photographic in late 21st-century capitalism. It draws on the production, distribution and consumption of images, considering the cultural meaning of digital photography, and the emergence of a ‘post-photographic era’ of networked and computed photography. The work deploys aspects such as the close up/cuts and digital transfers to explore sculptural formats of the image. More recently the practice has moved into examining how processes of 3d imaging facilitate the metamorphosis of digital images into three-dimensional models, producing a convergence between photography, film, animation and the sculptural.

Sam tutors across all disciplines at London Art Portfolio with a focus on Fine Art Practices. He has taught across various levels and at different teaching institutions including UAL Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communications. He currently teaches on the Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths University.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Things on things, Maverick Projects, London; Image Object, Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Tryouts, Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Corner House, Manchester, A Foundation, London; Pop Will Eat Itself, Art on the Underground, London and Moravia, Cell Projects, London. He was the recipient of a Henry Moore Artist Fellowship Grant and an award from the Eaton Trust.