During a seven week residency at Gasworks Studios, South African artist Sophia Ainslie made paintings and drawings which were shown at her first UK solo exhibition. Her paintings are animated with possible narratives. These are not fixed but rather operate in a way that allows others in, provoking them to create their own stories.
Sophia Ainslie was trained at the University of South Africa and the Johannesburg Art Foundation. She had her first solo show at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and has also exhibited in New York, Capetown, Durban and Botswana. While teaching at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, Ainslie initiated the annual Orchard Studios Artists Workshop and has conducted intensive drawing marathons in Botswana, Capetown and Johannesburg. She has participated in international artists workshops in South Africa, Botswana, New York and Dorset.