About Sheila

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer whose work is grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression. She is a principle and creative director at The Public, a Toronto-based social justice art and design studio focusing on capacity-building through community-centred processes, the editorial and art director of Shameless magazine, a grassroots feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth, and an assistant professor of alternative and speculative practices in the faculty of design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Sheila is a member of the British Council's TN2020 network, a fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and has facilitated workshops and presented on strategic design, co-creation, radical art, and independent media internationally. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published in Fall 2013 under Three O'Clock Press' Women's Press imprint. In 2012, she was named one of one hundred people of colour anti-racist activists by the Racism Free Ontario campaign.

Sheila holds a honours diploma in graphic design from the George Brown College School of Design and an Honours BSc. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her work as a designer has been recognized and awarded by the School of Design, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, and the UTNE reader, and has received international recognition for community impact.