Photo: Clare Smith in Dover, South East

Clare Smith

Artist, Project manager

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.

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Location Dover, South East
Activities Workshops, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
Tags paper, thread, printmaking, stitch, grid, process, video, painting

News & Events

  • Stitched Time tours to Folkestone

    Stitched Time is touring to Folkestone as part of WOW Folkestone from 2 March - 7 March 2015.

  • Deep East Winter open exhibition

    16/01/2015 – 30/01/2015
    The Mayor's Parlour Gallery; 1st Floor, Bow House, 153-159 Bow Road, London E3 2SE

    Curated by the Counter Collective. Opening 16 Jan 2015, 6-10pm. Open Sundays 2-5pm and Tuesday - Friday by appointment only. +44 (0)77 3701 1176

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  • Stitched Time

    LIMBO, Bilton Square, Margate, CT9 1EE A project initiated and organised by Clare Smith 14 Nov - 23 Nov Fri 14 November 2014, 6-9pm Open Fri-Sun, 12-5pm Supported by Arts Council England

  • Print Informs

    I am showing mono prints in an exhibition of printmakers at The Mayor's Parlour Gallery, London, 153-159 Bow Road

  • A Fine Line

    11/02/2014 – 15/03/2014
    Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

    Group exhibition

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  • Wobudong

    12/03/2014 – 16/03/2014
    Three Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN

    The exhibition brings together works that are influenced by the actions, traces and aesthetics of handwriting or its ephemera – the lines and grids that guide it.

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  • RiTUAL. Bookshow

    I've made some artist's books for RiTUAL at 110 CHURCH Gallery, in Philadelphia.

  • Wo Bu Dong: an exhibition of texts without meaning

    an exhibition organised by artist Jayne Lloyd as the culmination of a year long project that included a residency at the 501 Arts Space, Chongqing.

  • Nautical Threads

    I am leading on an education project for Dover District Schools. More info here