Approved: 10.10.2012

Clare Smith

Artist, Film-maker, Project manager

Approved: 10.10.2012

Clare Smith was born in Penang, Malaysia and was educated in England. She studied Oriental studies in Cambridge before spending 15 years in Luxembourg, returning to England in 1999 to study art as a mature student in Canterbury Kent and realise a long-held dream of making a life in the arts. Her mixed English/Chinese heritage informs her perspective on issues of identity and categorisation. Smith’s nomadic childhood and early adulthood have meant a somewhat ambivalent relationship to place, reinforced by the sense of ambiguity that comes from her mixed identity. She works with drawing, print media, collage and moving image to investigate this ambivalence, with references to craft, the importance of labour and the handmade. Through her choice of materials and approaches, she creates work which attempts to create a sense of unity, an interpretation of Homi Bhabha’s “Third Space” – seen as a space in which different parts can come together to challenge dominant ideas of wholeness.

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    Biography

    Clare Smith was born in Penang, Malaysia and was educated in England. She studied Oriental studies in Cambridge before spending 15 years in Luxembourg, returning to England in 1999 to study art as a mature student in Canterbury Kent and realise a long-held dream of making a life in the arts. Her mixed English/Chinese heritage informs her perspective on issues of identity and categorisation. Smith’s nomadic childhood and early adulthood have meant a somewhat ambivalent relationship to place, reinforced by the sense of ambiguity that comes from her mixed identity. She works with drawing, print media, collage and moving image to investigate this ambivalence, with references to craft, the importance of labour and the handmade. Through her choice of materials and approaches, she creates work which attempts to create a sense of unity, an interpretation of Homi Bhabha’s “Third Space” – seen as a space in which different parts can come together to challenge dominant ideas of wholeness.

    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 

    • 2017: Encountering Place (Boldshaves garden, Woodchurch, part of The Wealden Literary Festival 2017)
    • 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

    • 2017: Afternoon tea, works on paper (curated by Chiara Williams, Chiara Williams Contemporary, Margate)
    • 2016: Outside the Lines (curated by Karen Pamplin Browne, Brew Folkestone)
    • 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 

    Collaborations:

    • A Parable for Endeavour, 40 mins, a collaborative film made with Joanna Jones and Helen Lindon

    Projects 

    • 2014: Stitched Time, a shared making project exploring ideas around making, labour, the role of the artist
    • 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: http://.www.dadonline.eu