MADE AND CONSIDERED – solo exhibition

darc space, 26 Nth Gt Georges St, Dublin 1, 20 May – 17  June 2016

‘…rendered with superb technique. These are matter-of-fact images that knowingly dance between the dichotomies of local/global, memorable/forgettable, ordinary/extraordinary – images that thoroughly celebrate inherent urban ambiguities.’                                           Denis Byrne, Architect, catalogue foreword

Underpinning, pencil on paper, 76x 56cm

Underpinning, pencil on paper, 76x 56cm

RHA Annual Exhibition 2016, 22 March – 11 June 

‘..Dorothy Smith displays superb drawing..’,                                                               Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 29 March 2016

Drawn/Fold, pencil on paper, 76 x 56cm

Drawn/Fold, pencil on paper, 76 x 56cm

Delighted that Drawn/Fold is being exhibited in the RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin 2.


City Drawings i, ii, iv, etching, 60 x 20cm

City Drawings i, ii, iv, etching, 60 x 20cm

Part of my ‘City Drawings’ series of etchings have been selected to by part of Galway Arts Festival Impressions exhibition, July 2015.

EIGSE  - Carlow Arts Festival

Standing Room pencil on paper 76 x 56cm

Standing Room, pencil on paper, 76 x 56

Modern World, pencil on paper, 38.5 x 38.5cm

Modern World, pencil on paper, 38.5 x 38.5cm

Standing Room and Modern World have been selected to be exhibited in Visual as part of Carlow Arts Festival 2015.


Come and Go pencil on paper 64 x 102cm

Come and Go
pencil on paper
64 x 102cm

My drawing ‘Come and Go’ was awarded the RHA AXA Drawing Prize at the RHA Annual Exhibition. The Exhibition will run until 8 August at the RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2.


21 – 25 January 2015

London Art Fair 2015

Gormley Fine Art will be representing five artists; Dorothy Smith, Simon McWilliams, Rebecca Crowell, Stephen Johnston and Gordon Harris in the forthcoming London Art Fair 21 – 25 Jan 2015.

Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH


Lecture Series @ the RHA – 5.30 5th Nov 2014

I will be giving a talk on my work in the RHA Gallery in Ely Place, Dublin 2. The talk will focus on my drawing work over the last 5 years including life and portrait drawing, drawings of spaces and structures from my recent show ‘On the Tightrope’ in Gormley Fine Art, projects such as Walking/Drawing that took place in Draoicht in Blanchardstown in July and the publication of my book of drawings of fire fighters ‘C Watch – 22 Drawings’.


September 2014

‘The way we live now and then is as a series of statements or observations on how we work, plan, socialise, order. The artists from the Black Church Print Studio were selected due to their shared interest in the built environment and how we interact with and physically map space, information and technology’.
Mary Conlon, Curator

The Way We Live Now and Then, The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dorothy Smith, Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader, Colin Martin, Louise Peat
Curated by Mary Conlon
The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
5 – 27 September 2014

WALKING/DRAWING - Exploring an Urban Environment

July 2014

Walking/Drawing is the current manifestation of Open to the Public. Open to the Public is a ongoing collaborative project initiated by artists Dorothy Smith and Kathy Herbert which brings drawing out of the studio setting and creates situations where artist and members of the public can engage directly with each other and the act of drawing.

Work in progress - gallery as open studio

Work in progress – gallery as open studio

Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith
Draoicht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, 8 – 12 July
Collaborative Drawing, Workshop, Artists Talk

Artists Kathy Herbert and Dorothy Smith will be creating a 7 metre long collaborative drawing in the Gallery in Draoicht from the 8 – 12 July. The Gallery will be open during this period and members of the pubic are welcome. The drawing will be based on alternative explorations of the planned space that is Blanchardstown Town Centre.

Walking will be the primary research tool. The artists anticipate that they will find themselves off the predictable paths and in situations that are different from those intended by the design of the Centre. Source material in the form of drawings, written notes and photographs will be collected on these walks. This material will inform the collaborative drawing.

Blanchardstown Town Centre is designed primarily for ease of parking and shopping. This project aims to expand this experience – seeing other than carparks and shops, doing other than shopping and driving, adding to the intended experience of the place.


As part of Walking/Drawing, Draoicht and the artists will facilitate two free workshops for the general public. These workshops aim to encourage people to draw and give participants an alternative experience of a familiar environment.

Artists’ Talk

The artists will talk about the Open to the Public project, share their experience of working collaboratively and discuss their interest in this particular environment - Saturday 12th July 3:00 pm.


Two person Exhibition – June 2014

Island in Spring, pencil on paper, 76 x 56 cm

Island in Spring, pencil on paper, 76 x 56 cm

Gormleys Fine Art, 25 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
8th – 28th June 2014.

Two person exhibition with Sahoko Blake – to view catalogue click here


184th Annual Exhibition – June 2014

‘ … one of those sudden, unexpected attention grabbing
moments in the show … Dorothy Smith’s fast squiggly
drawing of a child’s dress.’ Cristin Leach Hughes Sunday Times 1st June 2014

18 Short Drawings pencil on paper 66 x 100cm

18 Short Drawings was selected for the RHA Annual Exhibition from 27th May – 9th August, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2


Carlow Arts Festival – June 2014

Concrete pencil on paper 38.5 x 28.5cm

‘Concrete’ will be exhibited in Visual, Carlow 6 June to 31 August as part of Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival.