Approved: 11.10.2012

Suzanne Smith

Artist, Arts development worker, Community worker, Gallery educator, Teacher

Approved: 11.10.2012

Suzanne Smith is an interdisciplinary fine artist based in Manchester, UK.

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Suzanne Smith is an interdisciplinary fine artist based in Manchester, UK.

Smith is fascinated with the politics of the everyday; her practice reflects the negotiation of an environment saturated with social norms and conventions.  In her eyes, everything is odd and everything is interesting. Smith is intrigued by the point midway between appalling and delightful. It is the tension in the mundanity - the something in the nothing - that really gets her going.

Smith often works with text, found objects, photography, film and found image.  A seam of appropriation, collage and humour runs throughout, as she feels for the edges of conventions where negotiation and collusion take place.  Smith accumulates, plays and controls - imposing a preferred order on her subject and pinning it down in its new position it long enough to take a better look.  Occasionally drilling little holes to let some air in.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

PGCE Art & Design, Institute of Education, Manchester 2012

MA Cultural Theory, Lancaster University 2008 (Postgraduate Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council)

BA Fine Art, Manchester School of Art 2007


Solo exhibitions

Homunculus, Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness 20015

Sometimes You Can Tell & You Tense & Lo & Behold They Do, Greenroom, Manchester 2007

Fear of Small Things, Lowry Project Space, Salford 2006


Group exhibitions

Shape Open 2017, Ecology Pavilion, Mile End, London 2017

Triptychs, The Media Centre, Huddersfield 2016

The Listening Booth, G George, on-line 2015

Utopia, The Orangery, Clapham 2015

Be Our Guest, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2013

Dysfunctional Holiday Party, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, New York 2012

Paper #3, Paper Gallery, Manchester 2011

The Burlington Fine Arts Club, The Burlington Fine Arts Club, Manchester 2011

We Are All In This Together, Bureau, Manchester 2009

Trade City, Contemporary Art Manchester, New Islington, Manchester 2008

Closer, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool 2008

Line Out: Leicester Short Film Festival, The Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester 2008

Practical Propagation, Vrits, Basel 2008

Spook Up I Can't Hear You, The Embassy, Edinburgh 2007


Curatorial projects

Frankophilia!, The Chapman Gallery, University of Salford 2011

Haiti Artists Art Auction, CUBE, Manchester 2009


Public Space

Dispersal: Interventions Part 1, Various sites, Birmingham, Lincoln, Manchester 2008

5th Edinburgh Annuale, The Embassy, Edinburgh 2007

Inbetween Spaces billboard, Look07 Photography Festival, Manchester



Hand to Mouth, The Poor Press, London 2012