Approved: 10.10.2012

Clare Smith

Artist, Project manager

Approved: 10.10.2012

Clare Smith’s practice involves pattern, chance and process, often using strategies such as cutting, tearing, gluing and stitching. A prevalent element of of her work is the grid – its rigid structures which regulate and provide order are fitted into, broken down or rebelled against. Smith works with drawing, print media, installation and painting to investigate the tensions between identities and traditions informed by her Chinese/English heritage. An autobiographical sense of instability, not quite fitting in and in-betweenness, due in part to the frequent travelling between homes in various countries and boarding school in England as a child, also informs her work.

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  • Location: Dover, South East
  • Activities: Workshops, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: paper, thread, printmaking, stitch, grid, process, video, painting, collage
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Clare Smith’s practice involves pattern, chance and process, often using strategies such as cutting, tearing, gluing and stitching. A prevalent element of of her work is the grid – its rigid structures which regulate and provide order are fitted into, broken down or rebelled against. Smith works with drawing, print media, installation and painting to investigate the tensions between identities and traditions informed by her Chinese/English heritage. An autobiographical sense of instability, not quite fitting in and in-betweenness, due in part to the frequent travelling between homes in various countries and boarding school in England as a child, also informs her work.

    Collaboration is part of Clare’s practice and she is also co-founder of Dover Arts Development (DAD) together with painter, Joanna Jones. This involves working with many different artists, curation, organisation, event management, creating networks across East Kent and influencing the public realm in Dover.

    Clare works from a studio in Dover. She has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions 

    • 2015: Stitched Time (Folkestone, part of WOW Folkestone 2015)
    • 2014: Stitched Time (ACE funded project exploring collective making, work and performance, with an exhibition at Limbo, Margate)
    • 2013:  Transparency, with Korinna McRobert, (Leytonstone Arts Trail)
    • 2012: Handwork, Former Centurion House Box Gallery, Dover 
    • 2012: In the Making (Gallery as studio), Space Gallery, Folkestone 2012
    • 2012: The Voyagers: 3-part installation - Boats of remembrance; Boat Quilt; un bateau albanais (Philippe Bazin), Dover Museum, Dover

    Group exhibitions

    • 2016: Sugar and Spice curated by Plastic Propaganda, St Katherine Docks, London)
    • 2016: Nautical Perspectives (curated by Plastic Propaganda, St Katherine Docks, London)
    • 2015: Drawn Conversations, (ICE, Coventry School of Art and Design)
    • 2015: A Table of Elements (SALT Festival, Folkestone, Lindon Studio)
    • 2015: Deep East Winter exhibition (The Mayor’s Parlour Gallery, London)
    • 2014: Print Informs, Mayor's Parlour Gallery, London
    • 2014: Wo bu dong, Picadilly place, Manchester
    • 2014: A fine line, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
    • 2013: 20 Squared, Gallery TS1, Middlesborough 
    • 2013: Come As You Go, Crate Studio and Project Space, Margate
    • 2012: Leytonstone Arts Trail, Red Lion Pub, Leytonstone 
    • 2012: Fringe Arts Bath, Stall Street, Bath 
    • 2012: Inclusions, The Stone Space, Leytonstone
    • 2011: Meeting Room, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
    • 2011: Exhibition Beta, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks 

    Projects 

    • 2012: The Voyagers (2 collective pieces: boats of remembrance and boat quilt), Bronze Age Boat Gallery, Dover Museum, Dover
    • 2012: One day intervention in the Kent Cultural Baton, Whitstable Satellite, Whitstable

    Awards

    • 2016: a-n artists newsletter professional development bursary

    Interviews

    • 2013: Interview with Gary Shiply, Script Journal http://scriptjr.nl, http://scriptjr.nl/interviews/clare-smith-interview#.UUbRAaUz2xp

    Director of Dover Arts Development: www.dadonline.eu