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Lucy Smith

Artist Biography

Through her interest in the formation of communities, Lucy Smith explores how the history, society, agriculture and natural environment of the Lincolnshire Fens have been defined and developed by their rivers and by the multitude of their dykes, drains and droves.

Artist Statement

A Fenland Lincolnshire Exploration

Through her interest in the formation of communities, Lucy Smith explores how the history, society, agriculture and natural environment of the Lincolnshire Fens have been defined and developed by their rivers and by the multitude of their dykes, drains and droves.

Lucy is inspired by the photography of Jon Fox, the writings of Francis Pryor and by the work of the South Holland District Council, shown in the council’s 10 year plan to develop landscape and communities. With land in the fens that has historically been claimed and reclaimed from the sea since Roman times, having low-lying fields, villages and towns often sitting at or below current sea levels, there appears never to have been a greater need to address where and how these communities will continue to exist and thrive.

Fascinated by the changing nature and evolution of such communities and the landscape within which they sit, Lucy has responded to their sense of urgency and their commitment to rapidly adapt.

Working in sculpture and print, Lucy uses a range of techniques that reduce, simplify, note and mark ideas in an abstract way, creating work that looks a fresh at the place and character of a Fenland Lincolnshire Landscape.

·       BA (Hons) in Fine Art (First Class)University of Dundee, 2019

                      Awarded the AlastairSmart Memorial Prize for Sculpture

·       B.Ed. (Hons) (2ii) University ofNottingham, 1986

                      Distinction at FinalTeaching Practice

                      Awarded Bather Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Student on Final Teaching Practice

·       Foundation Diploma in Art and Design(Merit), 2016, New College Stamford, University of

                      the Arts, London

Selected Exhibitions 

Summary of Recent Continuing Study and Key Professional Experience

·      Development of Contemporary Fine Art Practice through exhibition and collaboration

·      Undertaking PhD research study, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, University of Dundee, November 2019 -2022

 

1.     Forthcoming “New Graduates”Exhibition at Tatha Gallery Jan-Feb 2020

2.     Postgraduate Research for PhD, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Artand Design, University of Dundee.    “Making the Conceptual Tangible: TheRole of Art in the Understanding of Mathematics and Physics.” November 2019-2022  

3.     LivePerformance Art:  “EuropaEndloss” - by Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk. 31stOctober 2019 Arranged for Handbells by Lucy Smith, Musical Directorand Co-leader with Gair Dunlop. An abstract sonic comment   https://vimeo.com/gair  plus…

“Eurovision”    Arrangement of “Ode to Joy”,originally Beethoven, transcribed for handbells, Sean and Lucy Smith, directed by Lucy Smith 

4.     Live Performances of “Song for the Tay” Modern Composition by Lucy Smith for Hand bells, with the Lucy Smith Handbell Group, as part of the Final Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, University of Dundee May 2019.   View on www.artlucy.uk 

5.     Sculpture – There is a Country Minimalist contemporary sculpture, FinalDegree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, University ofDundee May 201

6.     Listening to Climate Change, a collaboration on performance art with Gair Dunlop, Senior Lecturer, DJCAD.    “Europa Endloss” - by Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk.  Arranged forHandbells by Lucy Smith, Musical Director and Co -leader with Gair Dunlop who is Co- Investigator on the AHRC funded 'Listening to Climate Change' project. An abstract sonic comment on Brexit. https://vimeo.com/gair/review/370829701/77827e6734

Live performance at Balmerino Abbey, Fife, 2nd March 2019 with recording artists- Gair Dunlop, Zoe Irwin, Freelance artist, Edinburgh Napier University, Colin Andrews, Film artist and Lecturer,Research areas Film and Television, Edinburgh Napier University.

7.     Attendanceat the University-hosted conference: Flourishing-Art, Participation and the World to Come,

23rd October 2018.  Key-note speaker, Dr Alasdair Foster,Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing in the School of Public Health at the University ofQueensland.  Follow-on correspondence about the positive contribution of Art.

8.     Invited speaker at the University of Dundee Medical School, Ninewells Hospital Dundee Sept 20th 2018,"Grand Rounds" weekly lecture series- the Global Health Challenge2017 Project, a University of Dundee-led initiative to bring together students across all nine schools, and charities and organisations in Dundee with the aim of improving the global issue of health equality and physical, social and cultural well-being. 

9.      Solo sculpture and prints exhibition in Ninewells Hospital Medical School public area, which had been inspired by the project above.   Sept 20th 2018

10.   SoundingCoastal Change Latest film“SOUNDINGS” shortlisted for AHRC Research Film of the Year 2019

          Invitation to perform on handbellswith live music Performance Art in Blakeney, Norfolk. June 2018. 

          Live radio broadcast Radio Norfolk, 18thJuly 2018.  

          Collaboration with composer,pianist and sound artist, Sam Richards, Gair Dunlop, Senior

          Lecturer DJCAD. An explorationof impact on social and economic structure of community from

          coastal erosion, through sound andfilm. Employed by the sponsor, the Open University, organiser,

          Dr JohannaWadsley.                www.soundingcoastalchange.org  

        “Bringing human and non-human voices together, to think about the future”

11.   Generator Projects Members exhibitions:2018, 2017.

“Routes to Remittance” and “LincolnshireFields”

10     Selected 3rd Year ExhibitionMatthew Building DJCAD 2018

        “Lincolnshire Surprise major”Bronze and 3D print sculpture