Sam Ashby is a British artist, filmmaker, and publisher. Since 2010 he has collaborated with writers, academics, and artists on his publication Little Joe, “a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly.” Sam’s first film The Colour of His Hair premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. At MacDowell in 2019, he worked on a narrative feature film script about a young man from Bolton, England, who goes to visit Walt Whitman in Camden, New Jersey, at the end of the 19th century. He also did preparatory work on a new feature documentary exploring the history of gay porn films. Sam was recipient of the Van Abbemuseum's Deviant Practice research grant in 2018, and was supported by a grant from Elephant Trust in 2019.
Sam Ashby worked in the Kirby studio.
Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…