6 Dec 2020

I’ve recently started using gold metallic paint in my work. I did this instinctively or intuitively and realise now its power as a symbol of eternity, the immortal and the divine as well as light.

So during lockdown I’ve been trying to bring light into this strange world, to bring hope and joy and fulfilling a desire to “make something lovely or strange” (Olivia Laing, Tate magazine issue 49, Art in an Emergency)

Dwell Time Banners for Huddersfield Railway Station

4 Dec 2020

Very pleased that my chemo day drawing Series 1 #030 25 November #2 has been printed by Dwell Time and is on display at Huddersfield Railway station along with other wonderful work.

Dwell Time is an award winning, not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing. Produced and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley & Lenny Szrama, founded in 2018. Design by Ashleigh Armitage.

Videos of my exhibition of chemo day drawings

13 Nov 2020

Click here to go to a video of my exhibition of chemo day drawings in the new Seven Hills Gallery at Sheffield Norther General Hospital.

The exhibition is currently open only to hospital staff so I have been organising a few virtual viewings.

Some feedback:

what a beautiful, powerful, and empowering body of work!

Despite the digital dimension of the event, we were all very near and concentrated.
You could feel the emotion.
This is a very dense work in terms of content and meaningfulness.
My wish is now to discover it in reality.

You are here

13 Nov 2020

I am delighted to be one of the 50 artists selected for YOU ARE HERE curated by Kate Trafeli and James Stewart for Katmapped‘s inaugural show. There is some really beautiful work so do please visit the site.


“YOU ARE HERE” Opens 12 November at
London, England.  For Immediate Release.

A new curated exhibition of 50 artists’ works selected from 400 submissions worldwide opens 12 November 2020 online at

YOU ARE HERE explores how the concept of maps and mapping, internal and external, has informed living artists works and thoughts. This online exhibition presents a stimulating and visually striking grouping of works and spans drawing, video, sculpture, photography and installation from artists around the world. 

The ‘You Are Here’ exhibition has been curated by two practising artists: Kate Trafeli, working out of London, and James Stewart, working out of Devon. The selections were chosen after evaluation by the curators, working in tandem remotely, from 400 submissions received in response to an open call request made by @katmapped. The works on show have been selected by the curators on the basis of the strength of the work presented combined with their relevance to the show’s theme. 

Unprecedented times have changed how and where artists work, show their art, and what they are creating in an uncharted world, This online exhibition presents an avenue for artists and viewers to collectively participate in the arts while many museums, galleries and shows remain closed. This exhibition showcases living artists making engaging works around the world — and which when viewed together are thematically cohesive. Here, far flung geographies and lockdowns do not constrain us. 

Contact info: 

Instagram: @katmapped
Email Address:

Exhibition of 18 chemo day drawings

5 Nov 2020

I am currently exhibiting 18 of over 50 drawings – a number that is growing all the while – in the new Seven Hills Gallery at Sheffield Northern General Hospital, a gallery funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Clare Smith was chosen as the first exhibiting artist in the new gallery space as the selection panel found her work to be beautiful, inspirational, moving and fully encompassing the gallery’s aims. The connection of the work to Clare’s own healthcare journey was a key factor, especially as Clare spoke of the therapeutic effect of drawing and being creative despite what life throws at us, which chimes with our ethos here at Arts in Health.” (Emma Scott, Voluntary Services Manager, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals)

One of my chemo day drawings (not in the exhibition) was recently featured in the London Evening Standard’s ES Magazine (2 October edition).

Clare always brings her drawing essentials to the unit with her, sets herself up before we connect her. Her drawings are beautiful and we all enjoy watching her create such wonderful pictures. (Celia Blakey nurses)

There are so many people to thank: everyone who has made my journey to this major show possible, my husband, my parents, my sister, friends and colleagues, curators, buyers and sponsors, all those who have believed in me over the years. Special thanks go to the team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and also to the nurses and HCAs at the Celia Blakey Day Unit.” (Clare Smith)

Dover Studio Collective Open Studios

28 Oct 2020

Dover Studio Collective is hosting its Open Studios on instagram from 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2020. I will be making work available at special prices for the long weekend through my shop and via instagram.

Featured in ES magazine

4 Oct 2020

I am excited to announce that this piece of mine is featured in the Fashion top five section of the London Evening Standard’s 5 October edition of ES magazine

Out of Isolation

24 Sep 2020

An Open Call Exhibition throughout UCA public spaces showcasing work by students, graduates and members of staff at UCA Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester. 

I am really pleased to have a piece in UCA’s Out of Isolation exhibition. Unfortunately the exhibition is not open to the general public but you can see all the work in the digital catalogue.

Image by Gabor Stark.


21 Sep 2020

During lockdown and the extended shielding period I have been making lino/monoprints based on the shape of ancient Chinese shields.