Dowd-Smyth's work is playful, earnest and absurd. She advocates for the DIY, with the act of making prior to theory. Predominantly a sculptor, Rosie’s work continuously refers back to her own hand within the work. Pinning down her work is hard, just as you think you have it she wrong foots you and goes charging off in strange but equally hilarious directions. The humour in the work is also tinged with melancholy – it makes us look at the weirdness of the world, our own ridiculousness and our unspoken fears. Finally, it takes a good hard look at what it means to be hopeful.

Rosie Dowd-Smyth (b. 1994)

Education

(Current) Glasgow School of Art, MFA 

Goldsmiths University of London, BA(hons) Fine art (first class), 2017

Warwickshire College, UAL Foundation in Art and Design, 2014

Warwickshire College, BTEC Art and Design, 2013

Exhibitions

 

2021 Glue Factory, hope this finds you well, Glasgow

2019 AIR Gallery, All work and all play, Altrincham, Manchester

2018 Boecho Gallery, Cibotempo, Barnes, London 

2018 ASA studios, ASA Open Studios, Messehallen, Hamburg

2018 ASA Studios, To Remain Useful, Messehallen, Hamburg

2017 ASA Studios, ASA Open Studios, Messehallen, Hamburg

2017 Goldsmiths, BAFA Degree Show, New Cross, London

2017 Laurie Grove Baths, Gala, New Cross, London

2017 Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Grease without Sand, New Cross, London

2016 1 Octavius Street Gallery, Swallow my Tiny Face, Deptford, London 

2016 Buster Mantis, Sex Toy Still Life with Lauren Martinson, Deptford, London

2016 Trundley Road, Mi Casa es su Casa, Deptford, London

2016 Galerie der HFBK, Carapace, Mundsburg, Hamburg

2015 Harts Lane Gallery, Stupidity, New Cross, London

2015 Harts Lane Gallery, Backwash, New Cross, London

 

Residencies

 

​May - July 2019 Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona

September 2017- September 2018 ASA HFBK Hamburg

 

Teaching

 

2020 Guest Lecturer at Wayne State University, Michigan on Surrealist Landscapes

2019 Associate Lecturer on BA Fine art and Contemporary Cultures at Warwickshire College

2019 Workshop leader on UAL Art and Design Foundation Course at Warwickshire College 

Awards

2020 Hope Scott Scholarship Award

2017 ASA Residency Award, granted by Goldsmiths University of London and HFBK Hamburg

Publications

 

Nothing Personal, 2021

Multi Species Research Group, 2019

By All Means, 2018