annette smith artist

My work is about the passage of time, human traces, and memory. The aesthetic references the Romantics but also has an element of wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfect and impermanent objects. I am interested in how images are transformed by the means used to create, preserve or interpret them. In much of my work there is a blurring of traditionally discrete disciplines. I am drawn to low-tech solutions to artistic problems, using handmade pinhole cameras, obsolete photographic processes and relief prints made without a press.

2006   BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa University (1st): university prizewinner
2003   Foundation Diploma Art & Design, City of Bath College
1974   BA General, Ealing Technical College (London Uni; English, German, Psychology)


2018   'The Postcard Show' For Now group show, Studio 44AD Bath
2016   'Streets of Bath' Bath Abbey curated show
2014   'State of Flux' For Now group show, Create Centre Bristol
2014   'Nativity' oversize tunnel book diorama, Bath Abbey commission
2012   'Transience', For Now group show, Bath
             'Mouse, Hen, Dove 2' paper engineered headdresses for Boys' Choir Christmas
             Concert, Bath Abbey commission (new)
2011   'Heart of darkness', Fringe Arts Bath curated show
2010   'Metamorphosis' For Now group show, BRLSI, Bath
            'Artist at the Octagon', Fringe Arts Bath selected show
            'DJ Spacey', Lions of Bath public art event, working with Young Carers of Bath
2009   'Nativity' oversize tunnel book diorama, Bath Abbey commission
            Solo show, Demuth's restaurant, Bath
            'Neither but Both' For Now group show, Milsom Place, Bath; exhibition co-ordinator
            Founder, For Now contemporary art co-operative
2008   'Abi' and 'Ziggy', King Bladud's Pigs public art event
            'Mouse', 'Hen', 'Dove' paper engineered movable headdresses for Boys' Choir
            Christmas Concert, Bath Abbey commission
2007   'Exposure' Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, group show Bath Spa alumni
2006   'Free Range; Bath Plug' Brick Lane London
            'Processes of Transformation - part 1' Walcot Chapel, Bath, with Justin Ibett
            'Processes of Transformation - part 2' St. James' Wine Vaults, Bath, with Justin Ibett
            'War and Peace' selected video screening, Site 06 Stroud
2005   Open Arts competition: Black Swan Arts, Frome
2004   'Stations of the Cross': artists postcards, St Matthews Church, Bath; Greenbelt arts
            festival, Cheltenham
            'Angels in the Architecture': open video screening, 'The Bell,' Bath Fringe Festival
            'Thin places': prints and video, St. Michaels Church, Bath with Doug Clarke
1990   Annual and other exhibitions as selected member of Bath Textile Artists in Bath and
            Bradford-on-Avon
2003   Site-styling for Greenbelt arts festival, Cheltenham
            Co-founder and artist in residence at New Small School, Bath
            Handmade felt accessories sold at craft shows and retail outlets, workshops and
            demonstrations given in feltmaking and handspinning