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.


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.

2014 Purring – Sport of The People Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan, UK.

2013 BURPOLOGY, Harry Hill’s TV Burp as Carnival (& curated)Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK.