• Tuesday , 19 November 2019

Made and Considered


Made and Considered by Dorothy Smith

DARC Space, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Opening:  Thursday, 19 May; running until Friday 17 June

‘For Smith, it’s not about a preoccupation with the exotic:  more like a tenacious
attention to working where you live, a highly local exploration of place.’

Vagabond Reviews, December 2014

Artist Dorothy Smith is delighted to open her latest exhibition entitled Made and Considered; Exploring Place and Space and our Built Environment through Drawing on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 6.25pm in DARC Space, the Dublin gallery of architecture.  The exhibition runs in DARC Space until Friday 17 June.

Made and Considered comprises drawings in pencil which explore place and space and look at our constructed, everyday environment. The experiences and subject matter for Made and Considered have all been encountered by Dorothy on the routes and routines of her everyday life. Giving an insight into her inspiration for this new exhibition, Dorothy Smith says:

‘Although my practice as an artist is rooted in my studio based work, I have always been interested in extending my practice beyond the private space to one that engages with the greater society. The built environment of urban public spaces really interests me. The material fabric, geometry and circulation patterns of urban space have huge impact on the quality and reach of citizens’ everyday lives, and on the effectiveness of our cities and neighbourhoods.’


Dorothy Smith holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, a degree in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin. Dorothy is a member of the Blackchurch Print Studio in Dublin and of Visual Artists Ireland, and is also a founding member of the campaigning group Reimagining Phibsborough. She was awarded the RHA AXA drawing prize at the RHA Annual Exhibition 2015. Dorothy Smith’s primary medium is drawing – how the language of drawing can be the subject as well as the means of inquiry. She is interested in how such an analogue activity can interact with contemporary issues and places, and add to our understanding of our environment. For Dorothy, drawing has connected her more with public space, she says, ‘In order to draw you have to explore, stop and look.

Gallery hours:  10.00 – 17.30 (Monday – Friday); 12.00 – 1500 (Saturday)

For further information, email Maggie Moran, Curator DARC Space Gallery of Architecture maggie@darcspace.ie.

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