Biography

Wendy Smith - Education

2013: Garden Design Course
Cotswold Gardening School.
2002: Diploma in Garden Design
Pickard School of Garden Design, Museum of Garden History, London
1995-8: B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture
Central St Martin's College of Art & Design, London
1997: Study Placement
Facultat de Belles Artes, Barcelona


Wendy Smith - Selected Group Exhibitions

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2021: SoCo Artists
'A Smaller Picture' Exhibition, Hastings Arts Forum
2021: Open Studios
Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings

2019: Open Studios
Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings
2019: RX19 SoCo Artists
The Stade, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings
2019: The Control Tower Gallery
Kings Hill (curated by June Frickleton)

2018: Tutti Frutti
Hastings Arts Forum, St Leonards on Sea
2018-2019: Coastal Currents
The Lawn, St Leonards on Sea
2018: Chagford Inn
Dartmoor, Devon
2018: Harmonious Life & Nature Exhibition
Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi
(Curated by Vikram Sethi)

2017: Miscellany 3
SoCo Artists Exhibition, Hastings Arts Forum
2017: The Crown
Hastings (winner of Observer Food Monthly Awards 2017)
2017: For the Love of Lempa Exhibition
Cyprus School of Art, Lempa, Paphos
(Curated by Alan Rutherford & Sarah-Jane Mason)
2017: SoCo Masks Exhibition
Electro Studios, St Leonards-on-Sea
2017: Coastal Currents
The Lawn, St Leonards-on-Sea
2017: Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition
Rye, East Sussex

2016: Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group
Lloyd's London
2016: RSM - Gatwick, Crawley
(June Frickleton Arts)
2016: Coastal Currents
The Observer Building, Hastings

2015: AAF Battersea
Francis Iles Gallery
2015: Bohemia Club Inaugural Exhibition
St Leonards-on-Sea. Curated by Jim Hobbs
2015: Coastal Currents
St Leonards, East Sussex

2014: Manchester Art Fair
Arusha Gallery
2014: Art of Living POP UP
Chatham (Sponsored by Recreate, curated by Marta Patlewicz)
2014: Salon International des Metiers d'art Lens
France (Sponsored by Recreate, Medway Council)
2014: Flat Broke & Berserk
Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham
2014: Arusha Gallery
Edinburgh
2014: Sun Pier House Gallery
Chatham, Kent

2013: Naked Eye Gallery
Brighton
2013: Salon International des Metiers d'art Lens
France
2013: Frickleton Fine Art
DMH Stallard, Crawley
2013: Paintings in Hospitals Collection
London
2013: White Horses Whitstable & Whitstable Yacht Club
Image selected
2013: Liberty HQ Exhibition
Kings Hill, June Frickleton Arts.
2013: Francis Iles Gallery Spring Show
Rochester, Kent.
2013: Affordable Art Fair, London
Represented by Francis Iles Gallery.

2012: Brighton Art Fair
Brighton, Sussex
2012: Once I Caught a Fish
Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, Kent
2012: Summer Show, Sarah O'Kane Contemporary
St Anne's Galleries, Lewes
2012: Spring Exhibition
Francis Iles Gallery
2012: Affordable Art Fair, London
Represented by Francis Iles Gallery

2011: Affordable Art Fair, London
Represented by Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent

2010: 'Shelf' Exhibition
Jim Hobbs, Whitstable Biennale & Oyster Festival
2010: Blue Fringe Open House
Eastbourne Festival, East Sussex
2010: Affordable Art Fair, London
Represented by Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent
2010: 'Shelf' Exhibition/Exercise
Jim Hobbs, Peckham, London
2010: Camden Art Gallery
London

2009: Affordable Art Fair
Amsterdam. Represented by Castle Arts, Canterbury
2009: Artwave Festival
Lewes, West Sussex
2009: Adur River Festival
Houseboat Verda, Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex.
2009: Vintage Textile Show
Charleston House and Gardens, Firle, East Sussex.
2009: Affordable Art Fair, London.
Represented by Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent
2009: Paintings on Loan
Paintings in Hospitals, London

2008: Open House
Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India
2008: 'Cracking Spot'
Xross-Polynation and NRI Institute, Studio Vasant39, New Delhi, India
2008: 'Cracking Spot'
British High Commissioner's Residence, New Delhi, India

2006: 'Now and Then'
New Art Centre Gallery, Chatham, Kent

2004: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London
Royal Horticultural Society, Silver Medal Award Winner Co-designed and produced an art garden entitled 'Looking at the World through Rose-Tinted Spectacles.'

2003: The Houseboat Verda
Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex

2002: Kent County Show, Detling, Kent
Co-designed and produced two art gardens.



Wendy Smith - Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017: Shell & Shingle Exhibition
Studio 4 Frames, St Leonards-on-Sea
2016: Earthly Delights
Hastings Arts Forum, St Leonards on Sea
2015: Hotel Bollaert
Lens, France (sponsored by Recreate & Medway Council)
2015: Cafe Moroc
Rochester, Kent
2013: 'Reflective Moments'
Elixir gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, London
2011: Seaflowers Exhibition'
Sponsored by Medway Council and Arts Council England
2009: 'In the Pink'
Elixir Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, London
2008: 'Indian Pink'
Nucleus Gallery, New Art Centre, Chatham, Kent Funded by Arts Council England Awards to Artists
2008: 'Blooms & Plumes'
Great Dixter House and Gardens, Northiam, East Sussex
2008: 'Indian Pink'
British High Commissioners's Residence, New Delhi, India. Funded by Arts Council England Awards to Artists. Also produced two large planting plans for the residence garden.
2007: 'A Year of Photography at Great Dixter'
Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley, Kent
2007: 'Indian Summer'
Jenny Granger Gallery, Whitstable, Kent
2006: 'Namaste'
The Gallery, Integrated Services Programme, Sittingbourne, Kent
2003: 'Inside Out'
The Gallery, Integrated Services Programme, Sittingbourne, Kent
2001: 'Down the Garden Path'
Hadlow Horticultural College, Hadlow, Kent
Funded by Year of the Artist 2000 Awards to Artists
1999: BBC Good Food and Wine Show, London
1998: BBC Good Food and Wine Show, Oslo, Norway



Wendy Smith - Community Arts Projects

2017: Energise Sussex Coast (Renewable Energy Company)
Art Practitioner delivering workshops into Local schools as part of 1066 energy campaign & awareness.
2016-17: Dartford Artsmark Town
Dartford Artsmark Town is an 18-month long project that aims to transform children and young people’s experience of arts and culture in Dartford, bringing over 20 schools and local creative artists together, and ensuring all children and young people in Dartford have access to high quality, diverse and sustainable arts and cultural activities. www.icontheatre.org.uk
2016: Wetherspoons Commission - Thomas Waghorn
Chatham, Kent
2016: Haywards Heath Community Art Trail
West Sussex (June Frickleton Arts)
2016: Big Heart Charity Auction (Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice).
Exhibitions @ St Mary in the Castle, Hastings & Brighton Dome
2015: Gravesham in Bloom & LV21 Project
2015: Aim4 Summer School @ St Georges, Gravesend, Kent
2014: Animate Arts, Queen's Baton Relay for Commonwealth Games
Glasgow 2014 (commissioned by Kent County Council)
2014: Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2014
Withy Willow & Blackbird Academy



Wendy Smith - Residencies and Awards

2020: Great Dixter Gardens, Northiam, Rye
Started a one year artist in residency position, observing and responding to the exuberant planting, to produce a body of work for an exhibition.
2019: The Stass Paraskos
Cyprus College of Art Residency Program.
2017: The Stass Paraskos
Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos
2011: The Blue House Residency, Karnataka, South India
A self-initiated residency program to explore ritual and pattern, the daily life of the local fishing village and the visiting pilgrims who offer their blessings to the sea. Finalising with exhibition Seaflowers, Rochester, Kent. Sponsored by Medway Council and Arts Council England.
2007-08: Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India
Funded by Arts Council England Awards to Artists. Self-initiated project to produce a body of artwork as a response to street life in Delhi and working with women in micro-textile industries finalising with exhibition in India, April 2008. Also organising workshops with 'HOPE' project for underprivileged children. Finalising with exhibitions at the British High Commissioner's Residence, New Delhi, India and the Nucleus Gallery, Chatham, Kent 2008.
2006-07: Great Dixter House and Gardens, Northiam, East Sussex
Evolving project studying and recording the colours of the flamboyant and exuberant planting schemes from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007 and exhibiting in The Benenden Hall, August 2008.
2005-06: Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India
Creative research project in India exploring Indian culture, materials, textiles, pattern and colour. Organised workshops with 'Mobile Creche' organisation for underprivileged children.
2002-04: Integrated Services Programme (ISP), Teynham, Kent
Working with children with emotional and behavioural problems. Having a permanent studio at ISP enabled the children to interact on a day-to-day basis with myself and the creative processes.
2000-01: Hadlow Horticultural College, Hadlow, Kent
Scheme to promote creativity within the community. Funded by South East Arts, Year of the Artist 2000 Awards Scheme.



Wendy Smith - Employment

2014-21: Visiting Lecturer
University of Greenwich, Creative Processes and Digital Arts, Stockwell Street, London
2000-14: Visiting Lecturer
Department of Architecture and Construction, University of Greenwich, Avery Hill, London
2009-14: Art Practitioner
Future Creative, Deal, Kent Combining education with creativity in schools, focus on landscape and mural design. Qualified as Arts Award Adviser for Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards
2004-09: Visiting Artist
Medway Children's University, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent



Wendy Smith - Voluntary

2013: Medway Master Gardeners, Medway Council & Garden Organic
Local community support & advice growing food.



Wendy Smith - Collections

To Date: British High Commissioner's Residence, Delhi, India
Great Dixter House & Gardens, East Sussex
The Late Jon Norton
Sanskriti Foundation, Delhi, India
The Gingerbead House, London
Beauty Nepal Adventure, Pokhara, Nepal
Indian Chic, Delhi, India
Paintings in Hospitals, London
The Houseboat Centre, Kent
Private collections in UK, Europe, Nepal and India