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 art and the artist inhabit in greater society.


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


2022 Creating Place – Borrowed Ground Residency. Research and publication recognising the importance of work spaces for artists. Commissioned by Droichead Arts Centre

2021 This is Our Place. A Survey of Dalymount Park – The Home of Irish Football, Map: limited edition 200 copies. Publication: all drawings from map and commissioned essays by Margarita Cappock, Prof. Gerry Kearns and Stephen Bourke.

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


2022 – 2024

Curator in Residence, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth


Walking Peripheral Lines, curation and mentoring of First Solo Award winner Rodney Thornton. Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth.


in a landscape, curation of solo show by multimedia artist John Moloney. Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth


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.


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


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



This is Our Place: A Survey of Dalymount Park The Home of Irish Football

Original hand drawn Map in limited edition of 200. 48 page publication containing drawings from map and commissioned essays by Dr. Margarita Cappock, Prof. Gerry Kearns and Stephen Bourke. In association with Bohemian Football Club.


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.


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.



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)


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


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


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


  • Conversations on Joyce, drawing, photography and the city with Plattenbau studio, Dorothy Smith, Brian Fay, Luke Gibbons and Hugh Campbell in UCD School of Architecture, 19 Oct. On the occasion of the publication of James Joyce Remembered edition 2022, CP Curran, UCD Press
  • 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


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



RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin


CITY, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. Curated by Aoife Ruane, featuring work from South Bank Centre, London and invited Irish Artists

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin


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


Utopia/Dystopia, Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin


RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin


RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin


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)


RHA Annual Exhibition (awarded RHA AXA Drawing Prize)

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

Impressions, Galway International Arts Festival, GMIT


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

EIGSE, Visual, Carlow

RHA Annual exhibition, Dublin


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


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


RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Public Gesture, The Lab, Dublin

The Life Room, Bourn Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick


RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Mick O’Dea Selects Lavit Gallery, Cork


RHA Annual Exhibition Invited Artist

Boyle Arts Festival, Co Roscommon Invited Artist


RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin


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.


Arts Council Bursary 2021

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


2022 Trace – mapping commission for TU Dublin

2021 An Post commemorative stamps celebrating the work of Architect James Gandon (launch date Oct 2023)

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

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


‘..the lives we live..’ Grangegorman Public Art, GGDA, 2020

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

Irish Arts Review, Highlights of 2018, 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


The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Glucksman Map Library, Trinity College Dublin

Áras an Uachtaráin

TU Dublin

DIAS (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies), Dunsink Observatory

Irish Architectural Archive

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


Associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy ARHA

VAI (Visual Artists Ireland)

Black Church Print Studio

Board Member Phizzfest (Phibsborough Arts and Community Festival)

Reimagining Phibsborough (founding member)


2017 – date

Tutor in drawing in RHA Schools (accredited by TU Dublin)


Drawing the Everyday with the Highlanes Gallery Drogheda


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


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


Winter Drawing Course, National Gallery of Ireland

National Drawing Day, National Gallery of Ireland

Workshop Leader, IMMA


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


National Drawing Day, Draoicht, Blanchardstown

Artist in Residence, Arbourhill Prison

Artist in Residence, Wheatfield Prison


National Drawing Day, Fingal County Council

Artist in Residence, Cloverhill Prison

Art Teacher, Cloverhill Prison


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.