2012 – 18:       University of the Arts London (Chelsea): Practice-based PhD.
                        Distributed: Co-producing Narratives of Belonging in Nairobi (Title)
2005-2006:     Bauhaus University: MFA in Public Art New Creative Strategies (Elective)
2004-2005:     Oxford Brookes University: MA Social Sculpture (Distinction)
2003-2004:     Oxford Brookes University: BTEC in Art and Design (Distinction)
1998-2002:     Edinburgh University: MA (Hons) Spanish and History (First Class)
2000-2001:     University of Havana: Marxist Philosophy, Cuban History (Elective)
2000-2001:     San Alejandro Art School, Cuba,: Sculpture, Portraiture (Elective)
1995-1997:     Sevenoaks School: International Baccalaureate (40 points)


Exhibitions and Festivals (selection)

2021:    Invisible Inventories (co-initiator) Nairobi National Museum/Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Weltkulturen Museum,

             Nairobi/Cologne/Frankfurt (KEN, GER)

2019:    The Qilin, DOK Leipzig (GER)
             Die Dauercamperin, Ruhr Ding, Urbane Kuenst Ruhr, Dortmund (GER)
2018:    Precariat's Meeting, Ming Contemporary Art Museum (MCAM), Shanghai (CHN)
2017:    Lagos Biennial, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Lagos (NIG)
             Chinafrika: Under Construction, GFZK, Leipzig (GER)
             The Bike Gang, Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
2016:    Pluriversale V, Akademie der Kunste der Welt, Cologne (GER) - 
             error: X, Ostrale, Dresden (GER)
2015:    Mimicry and Mockery: The Afropean Encounter, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (GER)
             Future Africa Visions in Time, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth (GER)
             Post African Futures, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (SA)
             Mashup (curatorial), Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth (GER)
             Guess who's coming to Dinner?, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City (US)
2014:    ''Once Upon A Time'', Makarere University, Kampala (UG)
             Dak'Art, Dakar Biennale, Dakar (SEN)
             Poznan Mediations Biennale, Poznan (PL)
2013:    Africa, Uebersee Museum, Bremen (GER) 
             Once Upon A Time, Goethe Institut Johannesburg (SA) 
2012:    Nairobi; A State of Mind, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (A)
             Truth is Concrete; Steirischer Herbst, Graz (A)
             Dead Insects in my Parents Pool, Roots Contemporary, Brussels (BEL)
2011:    Conversations in Silence, Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN) 
             Ueberlebenskunst, HKW, Berlin (GER)
             'Not in the Title' (Solo Show), Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (GER)
             The Urban Culture of Global Prayers, NGBK, Berlin (GER)
2010:    Afropolis, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne (GER)
             Mwangalio Tofauti, Nairobi Museum (KEN)
             Qui Vive II Moscow International Biennale (RUS)
             Sketches (Solo Show), Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
2009:    Transmediale, HKW, Berlin (GER)
             Sterotypes, Kuona Trust (KEN)
             It's a Pity we only exist in the Future, Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
2008:    A Kind of Ambiguity (Solo Show), Otto Dix Sammlung, Gera, (GER) 
             CPH:DOX, International Film Festival, Copenhagen (DEN)


Residencies, Awards and Scholarships
2018:    Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship (SARF), Washington DC (US)
2017:    Visit Scholarship, Innogy Stiftung, Essen (GER)
2016:    Research Fellow, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (GER)
             Artist in residence, CAT Cologne, Cologne (GER) 
2015:    University of the Arts London Post-Confirmation Studentship (UK)
             City Of Moenchengladbach Studio Scholarship, Moenchengladbach (GER)
2014:    Top 100 'Leading Global Thinkers' Foreign Policy (FP) Magazine, Washington DC (US)
2013:    International Museum Fellowship, Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Iwalewahaus (GER) 
2008:    Artist in residence, Otto Dix Kunstsammlung / Gera city, Gera (GER)
2007:    Official selection, 20th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (GER)
2004:    AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme Award, Oxford (UK) 
2003:    Artist in residence, Godown Art Studios, Nairobi (KEN)


2020: 'Postcolonial memory work; proposals/suggestions/experiments', MA seminar (post)colonial memory cultures:   

             media, aesthetics, politics, Prof. Dr. Henrietta Günkel, Rühr- Universität Bochum, (GER)
2018:    Artist Researcher, Department of Art (Networks), Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (GER)
             Exhibit! Contemporary Curating and Exhibitionary Practice Contextualised, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (GER)
2016:    'I post there for I am', a practice-based workshop, Intermedia BA, University of Cologne, Cologne (GER)
2014:    Documentary in Contemporary Art: Workshop, Visual Anthropology MA, Freie Universitaet, (FU) Berlin (GER)
2013:    Mashup the Archive: Remix und Aufruhr im Iwalewahaus, Seminar, Iwalewahaus, Universitaet Bayreuth (GER)
2012:    Public Space: Zeitgenoessiche Kunstpraxen im Oeffentlichen Raum, Workshop, Iwalewahaus, Universitaet Bayreuth


Conferences and Presentations

2021:      "Gamification vs Play" (co-organiser), Times of Hands, The Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne (GER)

2020: "Object Movement Dialogue #3 (chair), International Inventories Programme (IIP), Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne (GER)

2018:    "Letter to Lagat, Invisible Inventories", Contemporary African artistic practice, Symposium, Musee d’Aquitaine and   

             LAM, Bordeaux (FRA)
2017:    "The Bike Gang - Bikes and Belonging in the Off Road Base", 'Mediating senses of belonging: Aesthetics, affects, 

             ethnography' (panel), Congress for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Voelkerkunde (DGV), Berlin (GER)
2015:    "Roundtable 1: Mashup as Defiance: Culture, Appropriation and Post-colonialism" (co-    organiser),  Mashup 

             exhibition, Bayreuth (GER)
             "Roundtable 2: Aura: The Object in Postcolonial Art collections" (co-organiser),  Mashup exhibition, Bayreuth (GER)
2014:    ''The Memory of the Crowd: The Potential of New Media Platforms to re-imagine Narratives in Kenya'', with Prof. 

             Annie Coombes, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (UK)
             ''Channels through the institution – Undermining the colonial legacy of museums and expositions'', part of the 

             series Crawling Doubles. Colonial Collecting and Affect, 8th Berlin Biennale, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (GER)
             ''Mashup the Archive: Remix and Tumult at the Iwalewahaus'' part of Collecting Geographies – Global Programming 

             and Museums of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
2013:    Artists With(out) borders, Bern (CH)
             Conceptualising Future, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (GER
             Art as an Argument; with Brian O'Doherty and Eugen Gomringer, Bayreuth (GER)
2012:    Ueber(w)unden; Art in troubled times, Goethe Institut Johannesburg (SA)


Publications and Articles (Selection)


2020:      Nur Goni, Marian. 'Agents in motion: how objects make people move. An interview with Sam Hopkins and Simon Rittmeier' Third Text 

                Africa, no. 12, August 2020

2016:    Bajorek, Jennifer. 'Beyond the “NGO Aesthetic”' Social Text 127, Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2016
             Marcel, Olivier. "Ochuo, Du Bidonville Au Cube Blanc: Geographie D'une Rencontre Globale." Cahiers D'Etudes 

             Africaines 56, no. 223 (2016)
2015:    Vierke, Ulf. 'Archive, Art and Anarchy: From the Topological Archive to the Anarchic Archive', African Arts, vol. 48, 

             no. 2 summer 2015
2013:    Bounakoff, Pierre Nicholas, Katharina Greven and Nadine Siegert eds, Iwalewa: Four Views into Contemporary Africa, 

             Bayreuth, Iwalewahaus
2012:    Hossfeld, Johannes. Mwangalio Tofauti: Nine Kenyan Photographers, Nairobi, Native Intelligence
             Foerster, Larissa, Christian Hanussek and Kerstin Pinter (eds). Afropolis: City/Media/Art, Jacana, Johannesburg. 
2023:    Hopkins, Sam, Distributed: Co-producing Narratives of Belonging in Nairobi, Bayreuth, Iwalewa Books (upcoming)
2017:    Hopkins, Sam and Nadine Siegert (eds), MASHUP The Archive, Berlin, Revolver Books
2016:    Hopkins, Sam, The Rubbish Companion, Cologne, Strezelecki Books
2015:    Hopkins, Sam and Simon Rittmeier, Letter to Lagat,Cologne, Strzelecki Books
             Hopkins, Sam and Ulf Vierke (eds), Maasai Mbili: Contact Zones (vol 13), Nairobi, Native Intelligence 
2012:    Slum TV, Grassroots Upgraded: Reflection on Nairobi's Eastlands, Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboak, 
             Cavallo, Vincenzo and Sam Hopkins. 'Ghosts that Provoke Violence' in Heidenreich-    Seleme, Lien and Sean O'Toole (eds), Ueber(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times
2011:    Hopkins, Sam and Johannes Hossfeld, Sam Hopkins: Contact Zones (vol 2), Nairobi, Native Intelligence