Sanchita Islam

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Sanchita Islam
Born (1973-04-28) 28 April 1973 (age 41)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Residence Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Education BSc International History,
MSc Comparative Politics,
MA Directing and Screenwriting
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University
London School of Economics
Northern Media School
Occupation Artist, writer, filmmaker
Years active 1999–present
Known for Founder of Pigment Explosion
Religion Islam

Sanchita Islam (born 28 April 1973) is an English artist, writer and filmmaker. In 1999, she founded Pigment Explosion, which has branched out into projects including film, painting, drawing, writing and photography.

Early life[edit]

Islam was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England[1] to Bangladeshi parents. Her mother was a social worker in Manchester and Oldham.[2]

In June 1991, Islam completed A-levels in Art, English Literature, History at Loreto College in Manchester. In June 1992, she completed an Art foundation diploma at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In September 1996, Islam graduated from the London School of Economics, University of London with a BSc in International History and a MSc in Comparative Politics.[3] In February 1998, she then completed second MA in Directing and Screenwriting sponsored by Channel 4 at the Northern Media School.[4] and embarked on a short-lived career working as researcher in television.[5] She then enrolled for BA in Fine art Practice and Theory of Visual Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and dropped our in her second year.[5]


In 1998, Islam participated in the group show 000 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Later, during a show of her drawings and paintings, she was told she would have to be at the gallery full-time. Islam decided to take her practice to the public.

After people started coming to the gallery more interested in watching Islam paint this urged Islam to combine live painting, live visuals and live music. In January 1999, Pigment Explosion was initially set up to perform live arts events,[6] which specialises in international art projects.[7] Since 1999, Pigment Explosion has branched out into projects that include film, painting, drawing, writing and photography.[4]

Islam has done nearly 70 group and solo shows[4] in London, Paris, New York and Bangladesh.[6] She has wrote 15 books and 2 plays[8] as well as readings tours with writers like Irvine Welsh and Miranda Sawyer. She has worked with the British Council, on projects with the elderly, workshops in schools and with disadvantaged children.[6] She has directed or produced 17 films,[8] which have been exhibited and screened in London, New York, Paris, Bangladesh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, India, Pakistan, Frankfurt,[4] Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Barcelona and Miami. Her films and books, which combine text and drawings, have been funded by the Arts Council, BBC, British Council.[7] and Commonwealth Institute.

Islam has also worked on projects in Bangladesh, and lives and works in East London.[6]

She was an artist in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery between 2003 and 2004, she was also artist in residence at the Open Gallery from 2004 to 2008.[7]

She was also artist in resident at Artscape and Shoreditch House and her art features in various venues around London such as Sketch, Mark Hix's restaurant and she was commissioned to do over one hundred paintings for Clifton Hotel Group in Bristol.[4][9]


Year Title Credit Publisher
2002 From Briarwood to Barisal to Brick Lane Author Arts Council
2004 Old Meets Young
2005 Hidden Arts Council, Tower Hamlets Council
2007 Avenues Arts Council, BBC, Pigment Explosion
Connecting Kids
Cloud Catcher
2008 Eternal Pollution of a Dented Mind Chipmunka Publishing
Gungi Blues

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sanchita Islam". British Bengali Success Stories. BritBangla. 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Marino, Elisabetta. "Bridging Gaps: an interview with Sanchita Islam". The Creative Case for Diversity. p. 3. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Amin, Aasha Mehreen. "MSC in A Different Face of Islam". Bangladesh: The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sanchita Islam". Hix. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Marino, Elisabetta. "Bridging Gaps: an interview with Sanchita Islam". The Creative Case for Diversity. p. 2. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Sanchita Islam". Cultural Co-operation. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sanchita Islam". Open Gallery. 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Marino, Elisabetta. "Bridging Gaps: an interview with Sanchita Islam". The Creative Case for Diversity. p. 1. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "State of Independenz – Sanchita Islam". London College of Fashion. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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