Stitched Time tours to Folkestone

15 Feb 2015

I am really pleased to announce that Stitched Time  is touring to Folkestone as part of WOW Folkestone, which “celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and looks at the most potent topics for women today.

The exhibition opens on Monday evening, 2 March 2015, with a conversation hosted by myself an Joanna Jones as artist directors of Dover Arts Development entitled “Empowering the Individual through the Collective”. Time 6-8pm. Free but you need to reserve your place. Book Tickets.

The exhibition will be open 3 March – Saturday 7 March . Tues-Fri 12-3pm and Sat 11am-4pm.

Venue: 2 Church Street, Folkestone

A programme of lunchtime bites is also taking place in the space, starting on Monday 2 March 2015.

The artists involved in the project are Gwen Hedley, Rosie James, Joanna Jones, Claire Manning, Ruth Payne, Linda Simon and Bev Williams and one or two of the team will be invigilating the exhibition during the week.

Back in the Studio

28 Jan 2015

I have been managing to get into the studio more often recently and have been doing some monoprints on Chinese rice paper. This is one I am quite pleased with.

Deep East Winter

9 Jan 2015

Held Within, 50x50cm, is in the Deep East Winter Open Exhibition at The Mayor’s Parlour Gallery and is for sale.

Deep East Winter

Celebratory meal to close Stitched Time in Margate

28 Nov 2014

The Stitched Time exhibition closed with a delicious celebratory meal cooked by Zhan Lu Smith and the presentation of the handmade zines. I am finishing the rest and will be posting them out to the other contributors soon.



Feminism event with Felicity Allen at Turner Contemporary

24 Nov 2014

On the back of the Stitched Time exhibition I was invited, with the team, to take part in a feminism event at Turner Contemporary to launch a project led by artist and writer Felicity Allen.

The event took the form of focused discussions in response to four questions, themselves relating to the writing arising out of the artist’s “Begin Again” project. The questions related to the feelings produced when looking at one of the portrait pairs (close up view and wider view), the idea of scrutiny, what it means to give time (and when it feels good or not) and what form recognition takes or what it means to me valued.

Not realising in advance how the questions all linked up left room to work that out for oneself. Looking at the selected portrait, I felt it could be someone I knew (recognition) but of course turning it round a bit, it felt too as if the sitter was the one doing the looking (which way does the scrutiny go? how is the power of looking played out between artist and sitter). We talked about the time given by the sitter (unpaid) and about time given by different members of the group but also about balancing that with the need to do paid work;  also about how time spent in the studio seems to expand and I referred to studio time as slowing-down time. When it came to recognition, the focus was more on being recognised and valued oneself  for the work one does; we touched on the kind of relationship created when ‘asssistants’ are paid or not paid and the pleasure of being acknowledged by name.

The above is only a very rough snapshot of the conversations as we talked a lot more and the relationship to feminism was in some ways oblique; it was a thought-provoking and enjoyable evening.

Stitched Time opens in Margate

17 Nov 2014

Despite the fact that I was admitted to hospital on Tuesday 11 November, Stitched Time opened on 14 November from 6pm-9-m at Limbo, Margate thanks in particular to the help and support I received from Joanna Jones, Steve Mace, Matthew de Pulford, my husband Roger Parish and my parents.

About 40 people attended and the Stitched Time team (myself included) – Gwen Hedley, Rosie James, Joanna Jones, Claire Manning,  Linda Simon, Bev Williams – all wore their white boiler suits. Delicious food was provided by Zhan Lu Smith and Claire Budd handled the drinks.

I managed to get a draft of the book completed despite the hospital stay.

“Stitched Time is a seriously good show. The space is so appropriate for your work and the standout element is its performative, participatory nature.” (Cathy Rogers)

Stitched time: A project initiated and organised by Clare Smith

LIMBO, Bilton Square, Margate, CT9 1EE from 14 Nov – 23 Nov 2014
Preview: Fri 14 November 2014, 6-9pm
Exhibition Open Fri-Sun, 12-5pm

The project is supported by Arts Council England.


LIMBO is an not for profit artist-led organisation based in a former electrical substation off Margate High Street. It was founded in 2003 to provide affordable studios to fine artists and a programme of exhibitions showcasing experimental and cutting edge work by emerging to mid career artists.

In 2013 Limbo started an Associate Membership, open to all artists, which provides members with exhibition opportunities and support in developing their own projects.

Stitched Time resumes

9 Sep 2014

After a short break, the stitched time project is under way again and we are making good progress towards the target of producing 10 stitched scrolls.

The project has evolved in a really interesting way, in response to ideas and suggestions from the other artists involved although driven forward by me. The act of stitching is opening up a space and time for conversation about day-to-day social concerns, as well as peer-to-peer support – problem solving ideas relating to our individual art practices through to critical reflection about the work.


3 Jul 2014

Rosie James and I were invited at short notice by Marta Patlewicz to show our work in the Pop Up Shop in Chatham. It gave us a chance to show together again as part of our Thread, Paper, Cloth collaboration and I re-configured the work shown in Manchester at Wobudong and am also showing a set of monoprints.

It was interesting to reinstall the work in a different space and this time I was quite playful in the way I hung it.

The exhibition opens on Friday 4 July from 4pm. and runs until 25 July. Rosie and I will be running a workshop in the space on 19 July from 11am – 3pm.

Fabrika, Pop Space, Chatham