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About

Louise Frances Smith lives and works in Margate, Kent. She graduated from CityLit with a Ceramics Diploma in 2019 and from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in 2009.

Louise’s practice spans sculpture, installation and works on paper. Working with an array of materials including clay, seaweed and bioplastic, Louise creates highly textured surfaces to bring attention to the patterns and textures created by nature, magnifying micro details alongside man-made interventions.

By collecting materials from her local coastline to use as materials in her work, Louise’s works are conceptually and physically linked to her local landscape where she takes her inspiration.

studio@louisefrancessmith.co.uk
+44 (0) 7814 877 498
@lou_frances

Solo Exhibitions

2022 HOLDFAST, Experiments with seaweed, chalk & clay, Joseph Wales Gallery, Margate (UK).

Group Shows

2023 Collect Open, Collect 2023, Crafts Council, Somerset House, London (UK).

2022 Winter Exhibition 2022, Thrown Contemporary, (online exhibition, selected for ‘Ripples’ Curated Collection).

2022 East Kent Open House with Clayspace Studios, Margate (UK).

2022 The Wild Collective, collaborative exhibition between Thrown Contemporary and Metafleur at Omved Gardens, London (UK).

2022 Despatch, WorkShowGrow Mail Art Collaboration, New Forest Heritage Centre (UK).

2021 Winter Exhibition 2021, Thrown Contemporary (online exhibition, selected for ‘What a Wonderful World’ Curated Collection)

2021 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (UK), work selected by Adelaide Damoah.

2021 East Kent Open House, Margate (UK).

2021 Online Ceramics Fair, The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield (UK).

2020 Online Ceramics Fair, The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield (UK).

2019 TROVE, Joseph Wales Gallery, Margate (UK).

2019 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield (UK).

2019 Sixteen30, Menier Gallery, London (UK).

2019 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London (UK).

2018 Group Exhibition, Safehouse 2, Peckham (UK).

2014 Open Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich (UK).

2009 Graduation Show, Kingston University.

Grants & Awards

2022 Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant – awarded November 2022 for 5 Month project (Dec 2022 – April 2023) – project title ‘Sargassum Tide’.

2021 Developing Your Creative Practice – Arts Council England funding – awarded April 2021 for a one year project (June 2021 – June 2022) – project title ‘Local Materials, Seaweed and Clay’.

2020 South East Creatives Top Up Grant – awarded October 2020.

2020 Time Space Money – Bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company and Arts Council England, awarded June 2020.

Residencies

2022 ReWilding Creative Residency, Glastonbury (UK).

2022 WorkShowGrow Residency, Colehaynes (UK).