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  • A Good Yarn, SamiArt's creative conversation, Chapter 5 Exhibition & Installation at Whitehall Historic House, Cheam, supported by Mayor of London's Culture Seeds, with  thanks to Sutton Heritage. Exhibition subsequently hosted at Sutton Central Library Art Gallery for a further month.

SNW - Sutton Night Watch Homeless Charity

  • A Good Yarn, SamiArt's creative conversation, Chapter 5 at SNW, supported by Mayor of London's Culture Seeds

SHP - Single Homeless Project

  • A Good Yarn, SamiArt's creative conversation, Chapter 3, with homeless men at SHP in Westminster, assisted by professional storyteller Andy Copps

Beddington Park - HLF regeneration project

  • A Good Yarn, SamiArt's creative conversation, Chapter 2, Beddington Park

Milton Keynes

  • MKSKATE, Skater Themed Fashion Crafts workshop with SamiArt for MKCulture, at the MK Gallery

RMNS - Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton

ANS - Arts Network Sutton

Team Imagineers Community Arts Charity, Sutton

  • guest artist for the Revive Project on the Stroke Unit at St Helier Hospital, finger knitting for patients, their families, and staff

  • guest artist for the Wellbeing Workshops at The Royal Marsden for children and young people with a cancer diagnosis

CSCA - Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement

  • Commemorative Silk Painting presented by Samia to HRH Prince of Wales on 4th Feb 2010 at Old Trafford Football Club. Idea: Samia Tossio, Design: Hana Horack El Yafi, Creation: This was the 1st collaborative work between sisters, Samia & Hana

FKDSET - Florida Keys Down Syndrome Educational Trust, USA

  • Silk Road charity fundraising event



Active Prospects, Reigate

  • finger knitting for people with learning disabilities, online, 2021

WW1 Committee; Libraries Arts & Heritage Service, LB Sutton

Sutton Women's Centre

  • finger knitting workshops

  • A Chain Reaction 2023

  • Speaker for POW, The Sound Lounge

  • Speaker for IWD23, Cryer Arts

Children's Resource Centre, N Cheam

  • silk painting workshops for families

Sutton Carer's Centre

  • The Peace of Silk, silk painting workshops to plan, design & create a silk painting that reflected the issues faced by Carers. The painting graced the front page of the Carers National Newsletter

  • finger knitting workshops

Sutton Inclusion Centre

  • 1 day silk painting & mixed craft workshop

CSCA - Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement

  • 1 day silk painting event for families

South East Cancer Help Centre

  • Silk Road & Paper Mosaic, 2 x 1 day workshops

Pastimes Seniors Club

  • 1 day Silk Painting Workshop, themed around arabic calligraphy for group of Muslims, participants work on individual silks

Rosehill Christmas Lights Switch On Event

  • Santa’s Grotto in conjunction with ESHEG home education group & Rosehill Traders Association

Roundshaw Homes & GLL

  • Silk Road Event at Phoenix Centre, Wallington

Sutton Housing Society

  • Silk Road Event for the elderly

Jigsaw4U / Sutton Disability Partnership

  • Silk Road Event

Sutton Mental Health Foundation

  • mixed craft & textiles workshops

Sutton Mencap

  • mixed craft & textiles workshops

Orchard Hill College

  • mixed craft & textiles workshops


  • mixed craft & textiles workshops

Friends of the Elderly / Cloverdale Court Day Club

  • mixed craft & textiles workshops


Orchard Hill College

  • mentor student with EHCP Learning Statement

Cheam Park Primary, Leo Academies

  • finger knitting workshops, online and in person, 2020, 2021

Poplar Primary School, Merton

  • silk painting with years 9-11, after-school club

NCS The Challenge

  • partnership, creative opportunities for teens to work with SamiArt on live projects

Oakling Pre-School, Cheam

  • Crafting The Seasons, weekly seasonal mixed craft workshops

Greenacre School

  • 1-day silk painting workshop based on the Year 8's Indian Paisley Theme, in collaboration with Play of Light

Sutton Life Centre Launch Event & Summer Uni Showcase, Sutton

  • creative workshop and display Summer Uni outcomes

LEARNA Education Centre, Sutton

  • weekly mixed media creative workshops

Sutton Youth Service

  • 5-day workshop for 15-19-year-olds taking an in-depth look at the cultures and art of the iconic Silk Road for Summer Uni

  • mixed craft workshops for young teens, Positive Futures project

Treasure Village Montessori, Florida Keys, USA

  • Silk Road project with 2 classes of children to design & paint flags for their classrooms

KICKS - Crystal Palace Football Club

  • Youth Music Project in collaboration with producer & DJ, Paolo Tossio

Sutton Library Arts Volunteers, Text Fest

  • silk painting workshops

EXHIBITIONS / Installations / Commissions

  • Grinchmas Trees Display in Sutton for Enjoy Sutton, 2022

  • #SuttonMosaicBench / #SuttonMemorialBench co-created with Hana Horack Elyafi for Sutton Council, installed for IWD22, Trinity Square, High St, Sutton - "for all the women and girls, for all the broken-hearted" #VAWG, 2022

  • #LoveLifeLifeLovesYou doodle art upcycling of perpsex panels at Sutton Community Dance, Sutton, 2021

  • ​#LoveLifeLifeLovesYou bespoke upcycled wheel art installation with LED lights, bike wheels, brolly, finger knitting, doodle art, 5 metres, Lockside Bar, Camden Market, 2021

  • A Good Yarn Project, Tree of Life, Sutton Community Dance, 2021

  • A Good Yarn Project, Sutton Central Library Art Gallery, 2021

  • A Good Yarn Project, Whitehall Historic House, Cheam, 2021

  • CAOS - Carshalton Artists Open Studios, Carshalton, 2017-2021

  • SamiArt & The Silk Roads, Europa Gallery, 2009

  • CASPA - Art in Empty Spaces, Times Square, Sutton, 2010, 2011, 2012

  • Imagine Festival of Participatory Arts, Europa Gallery, 2013

  • The Imagineers H20 Show, Honeywood Museum, 2013

  • Taking Part Place (ACE-funded project), Europa Gallery, 2009


Manor Park Summer in the Garden / Big Picnic, 2021

  • Finger-knitting fun for all ages, Finga-Ninja style in Manor Park, Sutton

CAOS - Carshalton Artists Open Streets  #YARNBOMB, 2021

Manor Park Community Festival, 2019

  • Finger-knitting fun for all ages, Finga-Ninja style in Manor Park, Sutton

Brighton Science Festival 2019

  • Finger-knitting fun for all ages, Finga-Ninja style at the Birtish Airways i360, Brighton

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts, and Dance, 2018, 2019

  • Finger-knitting fun for all ages, Finga-Ninja style!

London Games Festival 2018, 2019

HEFF - Home Educating Families' Festival, 2016- 2020

  • finger knitting workshops

  • festival decor making workshops

  • festival programme & workshops coordinator

  • pr & social media content designer/writer

  • Live Acts Co-ordinator & MC

HESFES - Home Educators Summer Festival, 2013-2015

  • silk painting workshops

Imagine, Sutton's Festival of Participatory Arts, 2008-2014

  • 2014 EcoBeats youth music & video project in collaboration with Paolo Tossio  & Malcolm Lyrical

  • 2013 Festival Co-Director

  • 2013 Creative Collaboration Director (AWARD WINNING) The Imagineers & deliver SamiArt Public Art Workshops

  • 2010 collaboration with local community artists group, WEAVE creating The Dragon & The Giant, supported by Sutton Housing Partnership

Carshalton Environmental Fair

  • SamiArt & The Silk Road

Chagstock Festival, Devon

  • SamiArt & The Silk Road

Hackbridge Carnival

  • SamiArt & The Silk Road



  • Greenacres Care Home

  • Merton FC, U13's

  • Savvy Theatre

  • HEFF Festival

  • Private clients



NHS - Official Opening of Jubilee Health Centre , Wallington,

  • 1 day design & create workshop to produce 7 silks designed by Hana Horack El-yafi and painted by a team of home educators, Arts Award students and parents, on display for 1 year​​


Opportunity Sutton & Successful Sutton BID Northern Gateway / Market Place Regeneration

  • #FingaNinja2016 , Knit&Natter Sessions and #yarnbomb the street furniture

  • #StreetStyle pop up party one day event with dj's, dance groups and crafts on offer

LB Sutton, Sutton Town Centre Partnership & Times Sq Centre Management

  • Empty Shop Scheme - CASPA: Sutton's Community Arts Space, co-ordinated by SamiArt, resulting in local artists and community groups making use of the space & bringing arts to the general public with back to back monthly exhibitions for 2 years​


  • Giving Domestic Abuse Survivors a Voice, supporting Andrea Aviet BEM with her film screening and panel discussion at the House of Commons, IWD23

  • Celebrating Hidden Heroes, internal staff webinar for Sutton Council, IWD23

  • Sutton Women's Centre IWD23 events at Cryer Arts, Carshalton and their POW event at The Sound Lounge, Sutton

  • Worcester Park Women's Institute, IWD22

  • Burpham WellFest - How I became a Finga Ninja through post-traumatic growth, August 2021

  • Chalking Stories Cafe, talk about A Good Yarn project, March 2021

  • Coulsdon College  Community Arts Projects for 6th Form Art Students 

  • Early Arts Talk & silk painting activity for Early Years Practitioners


Savvy Theatre Company

  • creative story space to complement the short play,"Girl on the Platform' 

  • garden set design & community art workshops for Romeo & Juliet

  • sensory installation, community art workshops & community engagement coordination for Alice's Mad Tea Party

  • lead artist for A MIdsummer Night's Dream, community engagement workshops, 'Come Dream with Us'

  • Community Engagement Coordinator, freelance

"Inspire & share through playfully creative communication"
Samia Tossio
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