About

CURRICULLUM VITAE

Dorothy Smith ARHA

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I am a visual artist, based in Dublin, Ireland, whose work is primarily concerned with the built environment of public space. My practice is rooted in studio based work with a keen interest in interacting with the world beyond the studio and gallery space.  I work as an artist in a wide range of contexts including public art projects, curation, talks, publications, community based work and exhibitions. I am interested in the complex social space which the artist inhabits in greater society.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2018               Land Marks, RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin

2016               Made and Considered, DARC Space Nth Gt Georges St, Dublin

2014               On the Tightrope, (with Sahoko Blake) Gormley Fine Art, Dublin (catalogue available)

2013               Open to the Public,  (with Kathy Herbert),  Satellite Studio Project Space, Dublin. Exhibition, open studio and artists talk. Text: The Allegory of Place, Sylvia Loeffler.

2009               Hidden Histories, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow (catalogue available)

2008               Viewing Recommended, Hallward Gallery, Dublin (catalogue available)

2003               Clear, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2001               Presence, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

1999               Empty and Full, Origin Gallery, Dublin

1997               Blue and Other Colours, Origin Gallery, Dublin

PUBLICATIONS

2019   Drawing Dalymount – The Colouring Book, from Dalymount – Mapping a Unique Architectural Environment

2018   Land Marks, catalogue foreword by Emmett Scanlon, Architect 

2016   Made and Considered, catalogue foreword by Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects, essay by Tom McGuirk, Senior Lecturer Art Theory/Critical Theory, University of Chester, UK

2014   On the Tightrope, catalogue foreword by Mick O’Dea, President RHA, Aosdana

2012   C Watch – 22 Drawing, Artists book – signed edition of 100

2009   Hidden Histories, catalogue with foreword by Pauline Flynn, Artist

2007   Viewing Recommended, catalogue with foreword by Prof. Ciaran Benson, International Association of Art Critics, former chair The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

CURATION

2019               

Print Works, curation of 16 person print exhibition exploring traditional approaches in addition to the installation and 3 dimensional possibilities of print. Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth.

2018               

Orientation,  curation of 10 person exhibition for Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda exploring range and variety of contemporary work being made in the North East region; included curator talk/s and workshops

2016               

Source,  Exhibition of contemporary drawing practices co curated with Rowan Sexton. Phizzfest, Phibsborough, May 2016

PROJECTS

2019               

Dalymount Park – Mapping a Unique Architectural Space

Exploration of architectural heritage, social-cultural history and attachment to place collaboration with researcher Jackie Burke. Funded by The Arts Council and resulting in publication, audio and photographic archive and video.

2017               

Spatial Stories

Exploration and mapping of teenage experience of the urban public realm – workshops, exhibition, off site intervention with Urban Researcher Jackie Bourke. Funded by The Arts Council.

2014               

Walking/Drawing

Draoicht, Dublin 15 July 2014. Collaborative investigation into built spaces of Blanchardstown Town Centre with artist Kathy Herbert. Text: On the Persistence of the Analogue Ethnographer, Ailbhe Murphy/Vagabond Reviews

Put Yourself in the Picture

Participative research project into built urban environment, exhibition, publication, public forum

Drawing the Everyday 

Facilitating drawing in public spaces in association with Phizzfest. (Ongoing)

2013               

weareallinthistogether 2, 3, &4

Composite portrait drawings and animations in association with Phizzfest.

TRACE – mapping a Walk Along the Dry Canal

Public art project involving mapping and animating urban space

2012               

weareallinthistogether 1

Composite performative drawing and animation involving 30 sitters in association with Phizzfest. 

C Watch – 22 Drawings

Drawings of 22 members of C Watch Dublin Fire Brigade, exhibition, publication of  artists book, artist in residence. 

Drawing the Everyday Phibsborough Shopping Centre, exploration of public space through drawing

2010/2011     

Do You Need Your Head Examined and Community Portrait – community based drawing projects using creative practice as a means of promoting social engagement

TALKS/PUBLIC FORA

  • Moderator, Irish Architectural Foundation/Open House and Grangegorman Development Agency, marking 10 years of GGDA Master Plan
  • Invited speaker, Seeing Other Dublins, Seminar, Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Dec 2019
  • ‘In Conversation’, RHA with architect Emmett Scanlon
  • ‘On Drawing’, Artists Talk, RHA, Feb 2017
  • The Housing Incident Room, IMMA/IAF, A Fair Land, IMMA, Aug 2016
  • Made and Considered presentation with Architect Ralph Bingham, MOLA Architecture, darc space, June 2016
  • Walking/Drawing, Artists Talk and Discussion moderated my Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create, Draoicht Arts Centre, June 2014
  • Revealing Artists, Artists Talk, RHA talks series, Sept 2014
  • Open to the Public, Artists Talk and Discussion moderated by Sylvia Loeffler, Hendron Building, Dublin 7, Oct 2013

EDUCATION

MA in Creative Art Practices (MAvis), IADT Dún Laoghaire 2011

Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration UCD 1987 

Diploma in Fine Art Painting NCAD 1984

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2020               

Connections, Large Wall Drawing, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda.

Past/ures, Blackchurch Print Studio, The Library Project, Dublin

 Glimpses of Escape, Work from Kildare County Council Municipal Collection, Kildare County Buildings.

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2019               

Utopia/Dystopia, Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2018               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2017               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2016               

RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Urbis Felicitas, Graphic Studio GalleryDublin

Little Prints Little Stories, 1916 touring print exhibition (Ireland)

16 x 16, 1916 touring print exhibition (Ireland & UK)

2015               

RHA Annual Exhibition (awarded RHA AXA Drawing Prize)

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

Impressions, Galway International Arts Festival, GMIT

2014               

the way we live now and then, The Library Project/Blackchurch Print Studio

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

RHA Annual exhibition, Dublin

2013               

LIPS (Artists Book @ Limerick International Publishers Salon), Ormston House, Limerick                         

2012               

Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin 

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

12 x 4 Gormley Gallery, Dublin and Belfast

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

20:20 Blackchurch Print Studio, print box set and traveling exhibition

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2011               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Public Gesture, The Lab, Dublin

The Life Room, Bourn Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick

2009               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Mick O’Dea Selects Lavit Gallery, Cork

2008               

RHA Annual Exhibition Invited Artist

Boyle Arts Festival, Co Roscommon Invited Artist

2007               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2006               

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

Hallward Gallery, Dublin

1984 – 2006 

Regular exhibitor – RHA, Iontas, National Portrait Awards, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Blackchurch Print Studio and others.

AWARDS

Elected to RHA ( Royal Hibernian Academy) 2021

Dublin City Council Publication Award 2021

Arts Council Professional Development Award 2020

Arts Council Covid 19 Award 2020

Arts Council Engaging with Architecture Award 2016, 2017, 2018

Ballinglen Fellowship Award 2018

RHA AXA Drawing Prize 2015

Residency Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig, Co Monaghan 2013, 2014

Residency Inislacken Project, Co Galway 2010, 2017, 2019, 2020

Residencies in Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Co Kerry; 1997,1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009

First prize in Taylor Bequest for Emerging Artists 1984

COMMISSIONS

An Post commemorative stamp commission; drawings of four Carnegie Libraries honouring philantropist Andrew Carnegie; publish date August 2019

Percent for Art Scheme – Gael Scoil Barra – drawing for new school building 2017

BIBIOGRAPHY

The Irish Times, Past/ures, review, Aidan Dunne, Jan 2020

Irish Arts Review, Highlights of 2019, Margaretta Cappock, Winter 2019/20

The Irish Times, Land Marks, review, Aidan Dunne, April 2018

VAN (Visual Artists Newsheet), Landmarks, review, Aidan Kelly Murphy, 2018

Vagabond Reviews, Walking/Drawing, Aibhle Murphy, 2014

VAN (Visual Artists Newsheet), Open to the Public, Sylvia Leoffler, 2013

Irish Times, Viewing Recommended, review, Aidan Dunne, 2007

COLLECTIONS

Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art

Kidare County Council Municipal Collection

Gael Scoil Barra, Dublin

Irish Contemporary Arts Society

New York Public Library Print Collection

Private Collections

MEMBERSHIPS

Associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy RHA

VAI (Visual Artists Ireland)

Black Church Print Studio

Board Member Phizzfest (Phibsborough Arts and Community Festival)

Reimagining Phibsborough (founding member)

SELECTED TEACHING GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK

2019

Drawing the Everyday with the Highlanes Gallery Drogheda

2016/17

Dublin Culture Connects National Neighbourhood Project

Exploration of urban public realm focusing on Coolock, Dublin 17 with adults for Dublin City Council city wide initiative – publication, off site exhibition

2016

Design Review of Phibsborough Shopping Centre and its Public Realm, Phizzfest with the RIAI

2015

Winter Drawing Course, National Gallery of Ireland

National Drawing Day, National Gallery of Ireland

Workshop Leader, IMMA

2014   

Culture Night, National Gallery of Ireland

National Drawing Day, IMMA

Artist in Residence, Arbourhill Prison

Drawing the Everyday (ongoing)

Facilitating drawing in public spaces in association with Phizzfest

2013

National Drawing Day, Draoicht, Blanchardstown

Artist in Residence, Arbourhill Prison

Artist in Residence, Wheatfield Prison

2012

National Drawing Day, Fingal County Council

Artist in Residence, Cloverhill Prison

Art Teacher, Cloverhill Prison

2008-9

Arts and Disability Training Course

Visual Arts Tutor training participants to work creatively with people with disabilities. Course accredited by Sligo ITC and funded by South Dublin Co Co., Stewards Hospital. Participants work exhibited in RUA Red, Tallaght.

2007 – 8

Women as Leaders

Visual Arts tutor for Women as Leaders course run by Cairde and Lourdes Youth Community Services for immigrant women and women from the north inner city