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Rosie Dowd-Smyth is an artist based in Glasgow. Working primarily across sculpture and drawing, her practice plays with and pushes against the monumental via humour and the DIY. In place of solidifying and closing off memory, Dowd-Smyth starts from a place of forceful hope and embodied grief – grief that cannot be explained away or made to sit still, that knows still how to laugh. Always, her work balances a tightrope between the playful and the painful, between humour, earnestness and the melancholic. 


The recurrent and persistent use of materials – plaster, mod-rock, watercolour, spray paint, yacht varnish and pastel – embeds Dowd-Smyth’s artworks with an enduring visual language. The artist’s hand is always present, the physicality and fallibility of personal memory etched into the shape and the weight of the work. 


Her sculptures are both solid and uncertain. The sentimental phrases and one-liners that show up across her practice are given weight when etched in her recognisable, awkward handwriting, when etched into stone made of plaster and mesh. Watercolour spread sheerly over large and uneven surfaces gives otherwise monumental work an almost washed-out, lived-in finish – a humanity. Often, works look almost like they’re crumpled down or melting, folding in on themselves – like they know they are too big, they are in on the joke.


Dowd-Smyth’s commitment to material, worked through and applied with intensity, allows her art to move, to breathe, imbues it with vulnerability. Across her practice, the solidity and peculiarity of the DIY intwine to mark a practice built on getting by and powering through.

Rosie Dowd-Smyth (b. 1994) lives and works in Glasgow, U.K. 


Glasgow School of Art, MFA (distinction), 2022

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

Solo Exhibitons

2021 Pipe Factory, I've Been Loving You, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions

2022-24 Ridiculously yours! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm Touring show. Curated by Jorg Heiser and Christina Ricupero

2023 BWG with Bad Art Presents, Let them eat Fake, London

2023 French Street, I'm so into you, Glasgow

2022 Florence Street, MFA Degree show, Glasgow

2022 Royal Scottish Academy, RSA Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh

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 Laur Mar, 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



2022-23 Glasgow Sculpture Studio

Aug 2021 Gush Residency, Glasgow

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

September 2017- September 2018 ASA HFBK Hamburg



2023 Workshop Facilitator "Hats off too" with Strangefield, Glasgow at The Pipe Factory

2023 Guest Lecturer at Murmuration Sculpture School, Glasgow

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 


2022 Glasgow Sculpture Studio and Artist Collecting Society Fellowship Award

2020 Hope Scott Scholarship Award

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


Nothing Personal, 2021

Multi Species Research Group, 2019

By All Means, 2018

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