Anna FC Smith

As a practitioner I sit between artist, historian and cultural commentator, with historical and anthropological research forming the basis of much of my work. My main lines of study are uncovering or pinpointing tradition, rites, rituals, folk customs, gang cultures, protest movements and social obsessions in historical and contemporary cultures.
Specific subjects dictate the manner of research and the media I use to translate and transmit the echoes of history and relate them to the now. I also explore recounting and depiction as a part of the myth making and ambiguity of history.

I appreciates the chain that links us to our predecessors and the fundamentally unchanged reality of humanity and see the rediscovery of, and similarities between historical and contemporary events as a doorway to gaining understanding of ourselves.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Lore and The Living Archive. Touchstones Rochdale, research commission working with Doc Rowe, curated by Stephanie Besford West with artists Bryony Bainbridge and Natalie Reid.

2018 Delight in Masques and Revels, Sometimes Altogether. Imago Commission and residency through Wigan Libraries

2017 Our House of Common Weeds. Curated by Nathalie Boobis. Verity Birt, Fouthland, Carl Gent, Andrea Williamson. RES. London

2017 ULTRA – A State of Mind collaborative exhibition with Dustin Lyon at Old Courts Wigan

2016 The Last Bound Sheaf WASPS Hanson Street, Glasgow, UK. (Commissioned residency and solo exhibition)

2016 Purring Sport of The People, The Whitaker, Rossendale, UK. (Commissioned new work and solo exhibition)

2016 Purring – Sport of The People Gallery Oldham, Oldham, UK.

2015 Hear My Voice And Answer Me Collaborative installation with Rachael Finney, Curated by Nathalie Boobis. The Swiss Church, London, UK.