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Samiya Younis

Samiya Younis, (b. 1984, Nottingham), studied MA in Fine Art: Sculpture at The Royal College of Art (2019).

Younis is an interdisciplinary artist who works in various mediums, drawing on her experiences as a second-generation woman of migrant parents from South Asian culture. Her art explores themes like childhood memories, patriarchal norms, migration, hybridity, belonging, and the legacies of colonialism, influenced by postcolonial theory.

Younis creates immersive art experiences through processes of construction and deconstruction, sparking dialogue and promoting social change. She challenges norms, reveals untold stories, and inspires positive change.
Younis works as an artist, and educator. She teaches short courses at Central Saint Martins and she also serves as a Critical Practice Tutor at Chelsea College of Art. Notable achievements include receiving an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant ( 2021) for her “South Asian Women’s Textiles in British Museums” project and being shortlisted for the Whitworth Manchester new collecting award for British South Asian Women Artists working with textiles (2021).

Selected exhibitions include: “Diaspora and Belonging” at Mother London (2023), “Action Against Hate Diversity & Religion Exhibition” at University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, London (2023), “Hysteria” (online at in 2021, “In-Between” (online at in 2020, “TOMA Time Bank Space” in Southend-On-Sea (2019), “Captives of Habit” at The Old Police Station, London (2019), “Material Gestures – Practice in Dialogue” at The Old Police Station, London (2019), and “The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto Exhibition” at Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London (2019).

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