Olivia Williamson is an artist working across print, photography, installation, film, sculpture and writing. Symbols appear again and again, as an intuitive coded, fictionalised communication emerges  - tied to the spirit of the Mediterranean, in the deep blue of the mountains and sea.

Her research Shelter in a post-traumatic landscape examines how trauma remains largely silent - but it is visible in visual culture, living fossils trapping the information of our time, making the invisible visible. 

Since graduating from the Ruskin School of Art, she has directed Dyslexia at Oxford, a visual film and photography project exploring the strengths and challenges of having a different brain wiring. Olivia is also part of the founding team behind Open/Ended Design, a platform for activist designers and thinkers around the world.

2017-2020 BFA, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, First Class

2015-2016 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Falmouth University, Distinction
Ursus II, The Crypt of St Peter-in-the-East, Oxford, 2020

Tap Tap TaP, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, 2019

BFA Show 2020, Serving the people, Online, 2020

Ursus: Interim Show, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2019

Invisibility (Performance), LIVEFRIDAY: Spellbound, Ashmolean, Oxford, 2018

Ruskin Prelims, Ruskin school of art, Oxford, 2018

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Summer Show, Falmouth, 2016

Old Blues, Frameless gallery, London, 2015
awards, commissions, projects
Project: Dyslexia at oxford, supported by torch, the oxford research centre in the humanities, 2020

The Sir William Dunn School Of Pathology Art Commission, in collaboration with Mihaela Man, 2019

Red mansion art prize (shortlisted), 2019

Reuben scholarship, Oxford university, 2018-2020

The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers’ Prize for Art, Christ’s Hospital, 2015

Highest Mark in Spain for IGCSE Art and Design Portfolio, 2013
Theatre: Set design
Borchert: A life by Laura de Lisle, Lime Studios, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2019

Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, The Michael Pilch Studio Theatre, Oxford, December 2018

Journey’s End by R.C.Sherriff, St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, November 2018
The oxford scientist, Dunn school of pathology art review, by Phoebe ashley-norman