So, Pamela, artist, d.2010

Biographical Information


2010 (death date)


Pamela So (d.2010) was a Scottish artist whose practice examined her own identity and cultural heritage and the continual effect of colonisation on the national identity of the UK.  Her works were based on extensive research into domestic and cultural histories in museums and libraries or working with a particular group of people. In her early works, So employed the manipulative qualities of photography to re-interpret and re-present history based on her Scottish/Chinese background. Her work was often made for specific locations and their histories, the intuitive response to these sites was an important part of her art practice.

So was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from Glasgow University and afterwards from the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art (1998). She died in 2010 following a short illness.

She was selected for the Autograph Residency at Syracuse University, NY (2002). In 2003 she took part in the Ten Thousand Li exhibition which toured various sites in the UK. Solo shows at the Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews and the Collins Gallery, Glasgow (2005/2006), resulted in a publication of her work, Re:Collections.

Pamela So had a long connection with the Chinese Arts Centre. In 1998, she took part in the group show Golden Emporiuma selling exhibition which featured works of both traditional and contemporary UK based artists of east Asian heritage. In 2000 her solo show Past Perfect, Perfect Sense was held at the Centre as part of the New Commissions Scheme. So also took part in a Breathe residency at the Centre in 2005. She was also one of the artist who took part in the Boutique exhibition which marked the 21st anniversary of the Centre. She also took part in the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which was co-organised by the Centre. So also facilitated workshop at the Centre including a 'tea carpet' and 'making paper garments' workshops. 






  • 'Pamela So' Fife Contemporary [accessed 2017/08/22]. 
  • Digital File: Pamela So catalogue essay.doc, 2006 Mar, David Hancock. Courtesy of the CFCCA Archive & Library, (GB3451/OC/D/2102/324). 

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GB3451/OC/6/2/16 : Exhibition Folder: 'The Golden Emporium' (1999 Nov 20-1999 Dec 19) ()
GB3451/OC/6/2/17 : Exhibition Folder: Suki Chan: 'Seeing: Out of Time' exhibition (7 February - 21 April 2000) (is related to)
GB3451/OC/6/3/18 : 'Boutique' various artists, (2007 October 05 - 2007 December 21) (is related to)
GB3451/OC/9/2/7 : Folder 'PAD Scheme Artists' Presentations Oct 2006' ()
GB3451/OC/8/2/9 : Breathe Residency: Pamela So (2005 Mar 21 - 2005 Jun 20) (is related to
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GB3451/OC/6/2/18 : Exhibition Folder: 'Past Perfect, Present Sense', Pamela So, (2000 May 08 -2000 Jul 17) ()
GB3451/OC/6/2/31 : Various artists: 'Gathering Momentum' (2003 Jul 03 - 2003 Sep 26) (is related to
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GB3451/OC/D/1704/29 : CD ‘Pam’s Residency’ ()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/29/A : Digital Folder: 'Davids photos' ()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/29/B : Digital Folder: 'documetation' ()
GB3451/OC/2102/46 : Digital folder: 'Pamela So' (is related to)
GB3451/OC/2102/46/1 : Digital folder: 'Pamela So@CAC' ()
GB3451/OC/2102/46/2 : Digital folder: 'Pam So esssay' ()
GB3451/OC/2101/B/4 : Digital folder: 'document_of_pam's_residency_2010_12_18_1625.7z' (is related to)
GB3451/OC/2101/B/33 : Digital Folder: 'Alma's_Open_Studio_&_Boutique_2010_12_18_1554.7z' (is related to)
GB3451/OC/2101/A/1/1/2/2 : Digital Folder: 'Pamela So' ()
GB3451/OC/1801/D/3/3 : Digital Folder '03_Pamela_So' (is related to)
GB3451/OC/D/1708/29 : CD: 'Pamela So 'Space to Breathe' (has or had part)
GB3451/OC/D/1708/45 : CD: ‘Pam So Chinese Arts Centre’ ()
GB3451/OC/8/2/9/B/2 : Pamela So Open Studio (2005 May 05) ()
GB3451/OC/8/1/H/1 : 'Re:Collections, Pamela So' publication, 2006 ()

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'RE:Orient: A New Vocabulary for Chinese Arts' conference, Place Theatre, 1998 Oct 3 (Is or was participant in)
The Golden Emporium, various artists, (1999 Nov 20 - 1999 Dec 18) (is or was host of)
'Create paper garments' workshop, Pamela So, (2005 May 07) (is lent from)
Cherish: Chinese Families in Britain, various artists, National Portrait Gallery, 2006 Sep 23 -2007 Jan 03 (is lent from)
Boutique, various artists, 5 October - 21 December 2007 (is lent from)
Family and Friends Weekend: Tea 'carpet' making, Pamela So, (2004 Mar 13 - 2004 Mar 14) (is lent from)
Past perfect, Perfect sense, Pamela So, c.2000 May 05 -2000 Jul 17 (Is or was participant in)
Breathe Residency: Pamela So, (2005 Mar 21- 2005 Jun 20) (is lent from)
Open Studio: TRANSplant, Pamela So, 2005 Jun 09 (is lent from)
'Chinese Market Saturday', (2005 Mar 19) (is lent from)

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