Clara Ursitti

Born Canada; lives and works in Glasgow


Master of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Bachelor of Fine Art,  York University, Toronto, Canada
Helen Chadwick Research Fellowship, University of Oxford and the British School at Rome.


Upcoming 2015
Belle Haleine – The Scent of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, February 10 – May, 17, 2015
There is Something in the Air: Scent in Art, Museum Villa Rot, March 22- July 28, Ulm, Germany

A Big Stick of Confidence, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia ( solo )

Mood is Made, Temperature is Taken, Glasgow Sculpture Studios Gallery, as part of Generation: 20 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Curated by Quinn Latimer.

Nite Flights , The Old Hairdressers Gallery, Glasgow
Kiwi in Love, Helsinki Kunsthall, Finland
Museo de los Aromas, Burgos, Spain

ALL (Art Lending Library ), Mitchell Library, as part of Glasgow International 2012
Intersections, Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel, through the Contemporary Art Society, London
Whisper Game, Rotor Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

Surreal House: The Fractured Body , event at Barbican Gallery, London, curated by Mobile Studio, July 22, 2010
Tatton Park Biennial , Knutsford, England May – September 2010 (site specific intervention )
Birch Bitch , Nomi’s Kitchen, Glasgow, April 2010
The Museum of Gloves, in Vestiges Park, Low Salt, as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, April 2010
Five + One, intervention, Glasgow Project Room and various openings as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, April 2010
Lunchtime and Not a Breast in Sight, shown in Rubble Stir, The Glue Factory, Glasgow

Unheimlich, The Nunnery Gallery, London
Grey Matter, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Removed from the Eyes of Strangers, Galleri Andersson/Sandström , Umeå, Sweden, then travelling to Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark

Odour Limits, Esther M Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Unheimlich Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, England
Machinic Alliances, Danielle Arnaud, London, England
Communication Suite, Site specific exhibition curated by Christine Borland in the Communications suite of Glasgow University Medical Building.  Artists  include: Douglas Gordon, Mark Dion, Cornelia Parker, Abramovich and Ulay, and Alistair McLennan

Transit, British School at Rome, Academy of Fine Art, Archaeology and Architecture, Rome Italy
Studio Voltaire, London, ( selected by Stuart Comer and Polly Staple )


Westerner, Tramway, Glasgow, November
Focus, Alice Day Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Cohabitation in a Flooded House , Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo)
Axxxpresssassssssunizm, Vilma Gold Gallery, London, England; then travelling to Alice Day Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Birthday Party, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Frozen Tears , Cabinet Gallery, London, England
ReminiSCENT , Karen Schreiber Gallery, Toronto, Canada
James , Ibid, Vilnius, Lithuania/London, England
Toxic Head , Tag Team Experiment, Edinburgh, Scotland
Glasgow Art Fair , Scotland
Afterlife , Vane, Newcastle, England;  then travelled to Chapter, Cardiff, Wales

Are You Experienced? , Montevideo, The Netherlands Media Institute, Amsterdam, Holland
Deliberate Regression , Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, England
Fountain , Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Humid , Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
Berlin Art Fair , Berlin, Germany

Gothenburg International Biennial , Konsthallen, Gothenburg, Sweden
Humid , Spike Island, Bristol, then travelled to ACCA ( Australian Centre for Contemporary Art )
Pheromone Link TM , YYZ Artists Space, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Interface , Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries, Scotland
Here and Now: Scottish Art ,  Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

Tales of the Unexpected , CAMAC, Marnay, France
The Realm of the Senses , Turku Museum, Turku, Finland
If I ruled the world , CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art) , Glasgow
Evolution isn’t over yet , travelled to The Lugar Comun, Lisbon, Portugal, and the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Love Bites , Pumphouse Gallery, London, England
Museum Magogo , PB Gallery, Swinbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
The Department , Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

If I Ruled the World , The Living Art Museum,  Reykjavik, Iceland
Nerve Systems , Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London
48 hours , Arts House, North Melbourne, Australia
Evolution  isn’t over yet , Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Love Bites , Ikon Gallery, Birmingham ( traveled to various venues in England )
Freestate , Art.TM Gallery, Inverness, Scotland ( in collaboration with Graham Ramsay and Hannah Robinson )
Tales of the Unexpected , Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, England
Museum Magogo , Independent Studios, Glasgow

habitat, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP),Melbourne, Australia
Bill, Tower Studio, Melbourne University, Australia (solo)
Faux Shaux , Howey Place and Revolver, Melbourne, Australia
Changing Perceptions, Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews, Scotland; Tower Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England
MacTotem , Lewis Arts Centre, Stornaway, Scotland,
This Island Earth , An Tuireann Art Centre, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Smell of Fear, Part One and Two : Judy Garland, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (solo)
Pheromone LinkTM, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)
Klick , 1st Floor Gallery, Melbourne Australia
Immaterial Time, Artis, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Changing Perceptions, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
See, Sense, Scottish Arts Council Traveling Gallery

Art and Innovation, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,
Art for People, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow,

Scottish Fest, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Maikäfer Flieg , Hochbunker Köln-Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany
Cluster, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Outpost, Vending Machines in Venice Biennale, Venice

New Art in Scotland, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, and Aberdeen Art Gallery


PB, Merchant City Festival , July 23 2011, GMAC , Glasgow

Wall of Light Commission, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow ( new film work for BBC Big Screen , Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre )

No Stills, Alice Day Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Sense Machines, part of video programme for Uncommon Senses, an international conference on the non-visual senses, Montréal, Canada

Video from Glasgow, V-Tape Video Biennial, Toronto, Canada
Video Screening, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Canadian Fall, Video Screening, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow

Video from Glasgow, Articule Galerie , Montréal, Canada

Chicken Farm, Hunter College, New York; Fringe Film Festival, Edinburgh; CCA TV, Glasgow


Mood Is Made, Temperature is Taken, with text from Quinn Latimer. New scent work within catalogue.
Art and Science, Eliane Strosberg, Abbeville Inc Press ( survey book and e-book )
Sense of Smell, Feature pages on my work with a scratch and sniff page. An anthology of scent and scent technology for art and design researchers,

Whisper Game, exhibition catalogue, Rotor Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

Scent and Scentability, Barbara Pollack, ARTnews, March 2011 p 92
Bad Romance, contribution to a collaborative novel initiated by Laura Edbrook , Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Review, Art Monthly, June 2010, p.24 – 25
Art + Science Now, Thames& Hudson Press, ed. Stephen Wilson
Tatton Park Biennial Catalogue, Parabola
Pick of the Week: Guardian Guide, Framing Identity, Tatton Park Biennial, May 8, 2010
The Senses in Society   (journal article on a commission I did for Artlink by Margaret Morse) , Berg Publishers
My Glasgow International top tips, Charlotte Higgins,
Art and the Senses, Oxford University Press, ed. Francesca Baci ( images and journal article on my practice by Tim Jacobs )

Review of Unheimlich, AN Magazine, June 2008
Machinic Alliances, catalogue for exhibition of same title with essays by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Walsh

Tansit, British School at Rome 2006 -2007 , catalogue of exhibitions and work of British School at Rome artist residency holders.

The Scent Cultural Reader , March 2006, ed. Jim Drobnick, Berg Publishers
Map Magazine, Centre page spread, artist project, Issue 6, Spring 2006

Review, The Guardian, for exhibition Westerner, Tramway, Glasgow, November 2005
Review, Metro , for exhibition Westerner , Tramway, Glasgow, November 2005
Catalogue, for exhibition Westerner, Tramway, Glasgow, November 2006

Review, Afterlife at Chapter, Circa 107, Spring 2004

Journal article, Trafficking in Air, Jim Drobnick in Performance Research 8(3), p 38 (pp 29 – 43)

Scent of a Woman: Clara Ursitti , Jim Drobnick.  Tessera , Summer 2002
Review,  Deliberate Regression , in Art Monthly , Nov. 2002
Review,  Deliberate Regression , in Contemporary , Nov.2002

Preview, Pheromone Link TM , in Mix Magazine , vol.24 no4, Spring
Review, The Department , in Make Magazine , Issue 91
Catalogue, Here and Now: Scottish Art 1990 – 2000 , Dundee Contemporary Art
Catalogue, Humid , Melbourne Festival, Australia

Review, If I Ruled the World , in Frieze Magazine , September 2000
Review, If I Ruled the World , Guardian , April 15, 2000
Catalogue, If I Ruled the World ,  CCA  ( Centre for Contemporary Art ), Glasgow
Interview, Sense and Scentability, in Everything Magazine (with Paula Smithard and scent insert )
Article, Inhaling Passions: Art, Sex and Scent, Jim Drobnick in The Journal of Sexuality and Culture , vol.  4. no.3
Burnt Offerings , as part of a seminar on Digital Bodies in Nouveau, France. Maragaret Morse, research Fellow at Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study Social Science and Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California at Santa Cruz

Strange and Charmed: Science and the Contemporary Visual Arts, ed. Sian Ede, preface A.S.Byatt, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Review ,  Evolution isn’t over yet…, Art Monthly, June 1999
Review, Evolution isn’t over yet…, Untitled Magazine, July 1999

Catalogue, Mac Totem, Scottish Arts Council
Catalogue, Morning Star, Evening Star, Scottish Arts Council

Interview, The List Magazine, 16-29 May, 1999
Review, The Herald, May 24, 1999
Catalogue, Changing Perceptions, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
Catalogue, See, Sense, Scottish Arts Council

Interview, On the Scent of Love, The Independent, November 11

Catalogue, Scottish Autumn, British Council, Budapest, Hungary
Catalogue, Maikäfer Flieg,  British Council, Cologne, Germany

Catalogue, New Art in Scotland, CCA, Glasgow,Scotland


Pist Protta, Copenhagen and Glasgow
Uncle Chop Chop, Issue 6 , launch at the CCA Glasgow

Frozen Tears , Article Press, University of Central London ( I published a short story for a compilation novel editied by John Russell, titled: The Pink Room , p 643 – 658 )

Gothenburg Biennale , Artist Newsletter, August 2001 ( I wrote an article about Gothenburg’s first Biennale, and about their artist run initiatives )


Authenticity in Transition, delivered a paper as part of a panel Revisiting Authorship, December 2014, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. The aim of this panel is to conjoin the insights into the artistic and creation processes with theoretical issues that continue to occupy conservation.
Olfactory Art at CAA ( College Art Association ) Annual Conference, New York New York 2013. Delivered a paper on my practice as part of a panel.
American Synesthesia Association Annual Conference. Presented a paper on my research, June 2013, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
CBC Television, Canada Now , May 10, 2001 o  CBC Radio, May 10, 2001, Canada
CKLN, May 10, 2001 ( With Carla Garnet ), Canada
U8 Reality Television ( Two of the “lodgers ” on the programme in Toronto joined Phereomone LinkTM and were subsequently filmed live) , May 2001
BBC 2, Newsnight , Jeremy Paxman, January 12, 1999
BBC radio World Service , Guy Chizan, January 14, 1999
BBC radio, Five Live with Dianne Flood, January 14. 1999
South African Broad casting Corporation, January 20, 1999
PBS Radio, Melbourne, Australia ,September 3, 1998
ABC radio, Melbourne, Australia, September 28, 1998
BBC radio, Women’s Hour , November 23, 1998


2012 -2014
Canada Council Long Term Artist Grant

2008 – 2009
Scottish Arts Council Artist Award

2006 -2007
Helen Chadwick Fellowship , artist residency between the British School at Rome and Ruskin School, University of Oxford.

IASPIS artist residency ( International Artists Studio Programme in Sweden )

Artist Grant, Glasgow City Council
School of Fine Art Research Grant, Glasgow School of Art

Scottish Arts Council Assistance Award
Glasgow School of Art, School of Fine Art Research Award

Artist Grant , Glasgow City Council

Sci – Art Award , Scottish Arts Council Combined Arts Department
Sci – Art Award , Wellcome Trust
Tower Studio Residency , Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia

Artist Award , Scottish Arts Council

Small Assistance Grant , Scottish Arts Council
Award (Short listed), ICA ( Institute for Contemporary Art, London )/ Toshiba Art and Innovation Competition

Travel Grant , British Arts Council ( Budapest, Hungary; Cologne, Germany )


Walls of Light Film commission from Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and Creative Scotland

Map Magazine, Center page spread, artist project, Issue 6, Spring 2006

ReminiSCENT , FADO (as part of sited scent performance festival )Toronto, Canada

Showgirls , Billboard Project, in Sheffield, England

See Sense, Commission, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland