Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and an activist designer, who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. Former chair of the board of directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, she has a background in grassroots activism and organizing which she incorporates into her strategic approach to graphic design and popular education as Principal and Creative Director at The Public. She is the Editorial and Art Director of the award-winning Shameless — Canada’s feminist voice for young women and trans youth, an assistant professor in the faculty of design at OCAD University and serves on the board of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.
Sheila is a member of the British Council’s TN2020 network, a fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and has facilitated workshops and given lectures in strategic design, radical art and independent media internationally. She is actively involved in local art and music communities, and currently plays bass and sings in Tu Suis. 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.