Serena Smith



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Serena Smith was born in London in 1960, and trained as a collaborative studio lithographer in the 1980s. Her subsequent and ongoing work as printmaker, technician, consultant, educator, mentor, collaborator, and facilitator, draws on that experience as both a maker, and mediator.  

Her studio practice is shaped by the perpetual dialogue between the immersive flux of daily life, and the artist’s observation and objectification of that experience. In bringing attention to this fragmentary process, she works primarily with drawing, printmaking, and other objects to hand. The material works that emerge from this process, formed as they are by serendipity and systematic limitations, knowingly play with the potential for lyrical ambiguity inherent within the structures of communication.

Serena’s work has been selected for numerous exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. Recent  group exhibitions include: Sketch Open, Rabley Drawing Centre; The John Ruskin Prize, Sheffield; Xiaoxang portfolio and exhibition of international printmaking, Changsha, China;  Akram Khan: One side to the Other, Lowry, Salford;  Litho-Kielce, Poland; Fresh Prints, UAL Showroom, London; Bite: Artists Making Prints, London; and BIMPE, Canada. She has been the recipient of several exhibition prizes and awards including the, Wirksworth Festival Prize and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including the China Printmaking Museum, Nottingham University, and the British Museum.


Selected Exhibitions/Projects

2017 A Study in Stone, Tarpey Gallery, UK

2017 Journeys Festival, Leicester, UK

2017 Ikagai, The Old Lock Up, Matlock, UK

2017 Ruskin Prize, Sheffield, UK

2017 BABE Bristol Artists Book Event, UK

2017 3rd Global Print, Portugal

2017 Sketch Open, Rabley Drawing Centre and touring UK

2016/17 P2P, Leicester Print Workshop, UK

2016/17 Small Print International, Leicester and touring UK

2016 Litho-Kielce, Poland

2015 Xiaoxiang Exhibition, China

2015 Light Up, Leicester

2015 Inprint, Hull, UK

2014/15 Akram Khan: One side to the Other, The Lowry, Salford, UK

2014 The Walking Encyclopaedia, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK

2014 Print International, Mansers, Shrewsbury; Oriel Myrdnn, Carmarthen, UK

2013/14 Practical Dialogue, Studio Eleven, Hull; Embrace, Leicester; Milton Keynes Project Space; Alfred East Gallery, Kettering, UK

2013 Pastoral, West Yorkshire Print Workshop. Solo exhibition.

2013 Hodegetria: work in progress, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire

2013 Fresh Prints, UAL Showroom, London, UK

2013 The London Group Centenary Open, UK

2013 Print International, Wrexham, UK

2013 Harley Gallery Open, Welbeck, UK

2012 Derby City Open, UK

2012/13 BIMPE V11; Vancouver and touring, Canada

2012 Midlands Open,Tarpey Gallery, UK

2012 RE Open, Bankside Gallery, London, UK

2012 BITE: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London

2012 Passion 2 Print, Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, and touring

2011 Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington

2011 Nottingham Castle Annual Open

2011 Bite: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries, London

2011 Small Print, New Walk MuseumLeicester and touring

2010 Surface, Clare HallCambridge

2009 ‘And weave but nets ...’ PrintroomLCB Depot, Leicester. Solo exhibition.

2009 Passion to Print, City Gallery, Leicester and touring

2008 scissorspaperstone, London Print Studio

2006 Multiple ChoiceFermynwoods Contemporary ArtNorthampton

2006 North House Gallery, Manningtree

2006 New Hall College, Cambridge

2005 Art East, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery

2004 Land and Light, Wingfield Arts, Suffolk

2003 Eastern Open, Kings Lynn,

2002 Eastern Open, Kings Lynn 

 Awards/ Residencies

2016 Leicester Print Workshop P2P prize

2016 Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, China - residency

2016 Reside Residency - link

2015 Studio Eleven Prize 

2014 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award

2012 Wirksworth Festival Prize

2011 St Barnabus Prize

2011 John E Wright Prize

2010 Spike Island Prize

2009 Leicester Print Workshop Prize

2006 Long Road Sixth Form College - residency

Publications and press
K. Jinks, 'Meet: Serena Smith' in UK Handmade. ISSUU 2015 

E. Hawley (EMVAN), 'Meet the Artist', 2014 

S. Baker et al, ‘Conversation Starter’ in Printmaking Today. Vol. 22.No. 3. 2013

S. Smith, ‘Redundant Technology?’ in Small Print: Big Impression, exh. cat., Leicester Print Workshop, 2011

S. Smith, S.Smithson, ‘The Apprentice’ in Printmaking Today. Vol.20. No.1. 2011

S. Smith, ‘Ten Years Young’ in Printmaking Today. Vol.19. No.2, 2010

S. Jones, 'Stanley Jones and the Curwen Story', pp 133-136. Herbert Press 2010

A. Powers, 'Art and Print: The Curwen Story', pp 152-6. Tate Publishing 2008

S. Castle, ‘The Artist and Colour Lithography’ in Aspects of the Royal Academy: An Exhibition of the Art and Craft of Lithography, exh. cat., Sheeran Lock Fine Art Consultants, 1995.


Teaching / professional practice

Leicester Print Workshop, tutor and technician, 2009 -

Goldmark Atelier, Uppingham, consultant lithographer, 2008 -

Curwen Print Study Centre, Cambridge, tutor and consultant lithographer, 2002-11

Curwen Studio, London and Cambridge, studio lithographer, 1985–97



2018-  Loughborough University,  Phd. Research Student

2006-08 Institute of Education, London (P.G.Dip. Art and Design in Education)

2002-04 Central Saint Martins School of Art, London (M.A. Fine Art)

1981-83 University of London (B.A.Hons. Art/Drama)