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). https://esmag.co.uk/stories/this-weeks-top-5-2-october/

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.

Shielding

21 Sep 2020

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

Contribution to DAD artists at home

16 Sep 2020

I enjoyed getting my contribution together for the  DAD Artists at home project curated by Louisa Love. DAD Artists at Home is a strand of Dover Arts Development’s What Next? project, which aims to support DAD’s community of contributors during the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, by providing digital outlets and promotion for their work and aiding further connections between artists and projects.

Happy New Rat card!

8 Aug 2020

A buyer sent a “Happy New Rat” card to a friend to welcome her new pet! I can make Chinese zodiac cards to order. Just get in touch via my contact page.

Happy new rat

Hug those you love: exhibition

28 Jul 2020

My postponed exhibition of watercolour collages at Brew Folkestone is finally going ahead, albeit without a private view. Who would have thought that the exhortation to hug those you love could be seen as dangerous? When I made the work, just before lockdown, I was thinking of how hugging brings together different bodies in an intimate embrace – I was thinking of warmth, comfort, reassurance, juxtaposition and closeness.

All pieces are in bleached tulip frames, glazed with museum glass and mounted on conservation float mounts with acid free, water resistant back boards. They are priced at f£320 each. Please get in touch if you are interested in buying a piece.

Download the list of works on show here: