Sam Sharples

St Peter & St Paul, Newchurch

Artists Statement

Sam is a filmmaker, director and cinematographer. He has worked with the director Nichola Bruce since 2009 on films and installations including feature documentaries Moonbug & Axis of Light and Opera Alcina – Pale Shadows. Amongst commercial work, he has recently finish a WW1 documentary Echoes From the Kent Coast and is currently making a portrait on the artist Liz Finch.



The film Candle for Light is a collaborative work with Clare WhistlerSam Sharples and a team of performers brings Gifts to Art in Romney Marsh 2016. This has been a ten year project (2005-2015) and was made with a gift economy (i.e. no exchange of money) The film is to illustrate eight gifts that were traditionally given to a new child – Egg for Life, Coal for Heat, Evergreen for Eternity, Salt for Health, Candle for Light, Bread for Food, Coin for Wealth and a Silver Ring for Love throughout Life. Made in collaborations with other artists, these ‘gifts’ were offered and received in intimate, invited events in unusual locations. Nichola Bruce has interpreted the film footage of the eight events shot over the years by different filmmakers. The weather, gestures, places and the participants combine in a strange series of journeys unearthing what these objects, offered as a gift, may hold.