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Carla Smith

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Inspired by the vast, beautiful complexity of being alive, I believe play is crucial and something that should be extended beyond childhood. My current focus of making is centred around food. Exploring the social narratives and nuanced landscape that meals allow for, my work embodies the tender, celebratory moments that can be shared by the act of having a meal. My practice encourages audience interaction through multisensory experiences, such as allowing the audience to consume, touch and physically be a part of the artwork. Strongly influenced by my own upbringing where food was the core of all social interactions, I believe that the meal is a powerful social tool. As our primitive needs are met, vulnerability allows genuine conversation and connection, an openness which has the ability to invite interesting and complex art environments. With deep roots in our interaction with the world, the meal is a moment that should be cared for and nurtured.

Currently based in Edinburgh
First Class BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
(2018 - 2022)

- Gray's Degree Show, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
- Ongoing Exhibition of work at Riccarton Garden Centre, Edinburgh
- Back!, Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen
- Young Blood, The Holy Art London, Virtual Exhibition
- This Is Not By Chance Exhibition, Copper&Gray, Aberdeen
- Pre-Degree Show, Gray's School of Art, Virtual Exhibition

- Collaborative Creative Award, Four Pillars Awards
- Compass Gallery, New Generation Artist
- Joseph Steele Cornwall Legacy Prize
- Visual Arts Scotland, Graduate Showcase Award, Shortlisted
- The ColArt Prize
- RSA Animals in Art, Special Merit
- National Galleries of Scotland, Tesco Bank Art, Special Merit

- This Is Not By Chance Mural, Bedford Road Footbridge, Aberdeen
- Commissioned Print
- The New Routines, Single release and Album Artwork

- Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen

Relevant Experience
~Co-Founder of This Is Not By Chance Collective
~Children's Art Workshops and weekly Messy Play, Second Home Studio&Café
~Contemporary Art Practice Society Communications and Engagement Lead, Gray's School of Art
~HAAN Volunteering, Look Again
They All Ate Together and They Were Happy - Pasta Machine
  • Carla Smith
  • They All Ate Together and They Were Happy - Pasta Machine
  • Mixed Media
They All Ate Together and They Were Happy - Table Setting
  • Carla Smith
  • They All Ate Together and They Were Happy - Table Setting
  • Mixed Media
Conversations Between Friends
  • Carla Smith
  • Conversations Between Friends
  • Printmaking
Edible Kitchen Set
  • Carla Smith
  • Edible Kitchen Set
Edible Weave
  • Carla Smith
  • Edible Weave
Comfort Food Cookbook
  • Carla Smith
  • Comfort Food Cookbook
  • Artists Books