Serena Smith

Born in London in 1960, Serena Smith's formative years after graduation were spent at the Curwen Studio, where she trained as a lithographer. In her subsequent practice as artist, technical consultant, educator, and mentor, she continues to work with fellow artists alongside her own studio practice.  In response to the perpetual interplay between lived experience, and reflective observation, her ideas are developed through drawing, printmaking and writing. Outcomes from these processes, shaped by systematic constraints and serendipity, knowingly play with a lyrical ambiguity that spills out from the structures of communication. A concern with language, acts of inscription, and technology, that emanates from her lithography practice, is the focus for ongoing doctoral research.  Serena’s work has been selected for numerous exhibitions both in the UK and internationally and she has been the recipient of several prizes and awards. Her stone lithographs are held in a number of private and public collections including the China Printmaking Museum, Nottingham University, and the British Museum. 
2020 Santander Mobility Award (Loughborough Doctoral College); 2020 Frans Masereel Centrum - research residency; 2016 P2P Prize, Leicester Print Workshop; 2016 Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, China - residency; 2016 Reside Residency >>2015 Studio Eleven Prize, Inprint; 2014 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award; 2012 Wirksworth Festival Prize, Derby City Open; 2011 St Barnabus Prize, BITE: Artists Making Prints, Mall Galleries; 2011 John E Wright Prize, Nottingham Castle Open; 2010 Spike Island Prize, Small Print International; 2009 Leicester Print Workshop Prize; 2006 Long Road Sixth Form College, residency. 

publications /press

'Out of the Woods: Serena Smith and Nick Mobbs' in Printmaking Today. Vol. 28. Summer 2019

Cambridge Printmakers Biennale, UK - keynote speaker, 2018

Print Symposium, Regional Print Centre, Wrexham - keynote speaker, 2015

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


2020 Triennial of Graphic Arts, Livno, Bosnia Hercegovina

2019 Out of the Woods, Nick Mobbs and Serena Smith, Leicester Print Workshop, UK >>

2019 Antiphony, Leicester Print Workshop, UK

2018 National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery,UK >>

2018 Lithographietage International, Munich >>

2018 International Printmaking Biennial, Douro, Portugal

2018 Journeys to Home, Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, UK

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 

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,  Doctoral 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)