I advocate enjoyment and intuition, the act of making prior to theory. What it means to say ‘well-made’ being an enquiry, with a resistance to academia and love of the DIY. This often manifests in a humourous approach to making and meaning. With a nod to slapstick, I concern myself with (in)direct bodily gesture and an implication of movement which continuously refers back to physical presence and my own hand within the work. I work with the monstrous, elasticity, mythologies, theatre, the light-hearted, the heavy-handed, folklore, cryptozoology, the (un)pleasant, play-on words, and the everyday. 


Rosie Dowd-Smyth (b. 1994, U.K)


(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



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




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

September 2017- September 2018 ASA HFBK Hamburg




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 


2020 Hope Scott Scholarship Award

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

© 2020 Rosie Dowd-Smyth