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EDUCATION

The Open University. Early Modern Society and Culture c1500-1780. 2018 (BA Level 2 module)

The University of Brighton. Critical Fine Art Practice. 2007. BA (Hons)

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS

2023 Archives at Play. Commissioned research and exhibition, curated by Thomas Dukes. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK.

SOLO/COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS

 

2022 All The Mirth That Is Made. Solo exhibition, Castlefield Gallery New Art Space Wigan. Wigan, UK.

 

2022 A Buffet of Mortification. Solo exhibition, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington, UK.

 

2022 The Botanical Society - Look Through The Cracks In The Pavement. Socially engaged project with Helen Mather ‘Art Assembly’ commission by Art Fund, HOME, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester City Gallery, and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK.

 

2022 Mooke, Fylthe and Other Vyle Things. Socially engaged project with Wigan Youth Services and Shonagh Short. ‘The Making of Us’ commission by Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK.

 

2021 If Thou Livest In Corrupe Ayre, Change It For A Better. Commissioned performance and mixed media moving sculpture as part of Cap and Dove by Joshua Soafer commissioned by Greater Manchester Arts and performed across Greater Manchester, UK.

 

2020 42. Commissioned pageant vehicle ‘The Mystery Machine’ as part of film produced and directed by AL and AL, in collaboration with choreographer Amy Burdon of WigLe Dance and Anna FC Smith. Shown on ‘United We Stream’ Greater Manchester online channel and viewed by 75,000 people.

 

2020-2021 These Lancashire Women Are Witches In Politics. Joint socially engaged project and exhibition with Helen Mather. Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK.

 

2019 Here Comes I, Here’s A Host of Us
All.
Performance with Faye Spencer, Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, UK.

 

2019 Reason Is An Impasse, Reason Is Damnation. ACE funded research project and exhibition with Faye Spencer, Cross Street Arts, Wigan, UK and Hanover Project, Preston, UK.

 

2018-2019 Lore and The Living Archive. Touring exhibition and research commission working with folklorist Doc Rowe. Pannett Gallery, Whitby, UK, Touchstones, Rochdale, UK, and Cecil Sharp House, London, UK.

 

2018 Our House of Common Weeds. Curated by Nathalie Boobis. New Bridge Project. Gateshead. UK

 

2018 We Fight For The Future Of Our Nation. Solo exhibition at Wigan STEAM, Library Street, Wigan. UK

2018 The Merry Wagtail jades, The Breeches They Do Carry. Commissioned for Pankhurst In The Park by Alexandra Arts, Manchester, UK.

 

2018 Delight in Masques and Revels, Sometimes Altogether. Movable sculpture and public performance. Commission and residency as part of Imago by Wigan Libraries. Wigan, UK.

 

2017 Our House of Common Weeds. Curated by Nathalie Boobis. RES. London, UK.

 

2017 ULTRA - A State of Mind. Collaborative exhibition with Dustin Lyon at Old Courts Wigan, UK.

 

2016 The Last Bound Sheaf. Solo exhibition. WASPS Hanson Street, Glasgow, UK.

 

2016 Purring: Sport of The People. Solo exhibition. The Whitaker, Rossendale, UK, and 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. Solo exhibition. Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan, UK.


 

2013 BURPOLOGY, Harry Hill’s TV Burp as Carnival. ACE funded.Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK, Pop up gallery, 32 Mesnes Street, Wigan, UK, and Coningsby Gallery, London, UK.

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival. Warrington

Museum, Warrington, UK

 

2019 Ecstatic Rituals. Commissioned by Absolutely Cultured. Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK

 

2019 The Fire Within. Commissioned by Wigan Council and Al and Al. The Galleries, Wigan, UK

 

2018 Eminent Domain. Commissioned by Alexandra Arts. ART 511 MAG. Former Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA

 

2018 This Was Hardcore. Curated by sxrvxve. Brooklyn Bazaar, New York, USA

 

2018 Odd Space. Curated by Hewing Wittaire. 44 Ashdown Cresent, Belsize Park, London.

 

2016 APERTURE. Quays Culture, Salford University, MediaCityUK Salford Quays, UK. (selected by M.O.W.L. to represent Wigan)

 

2015 NEO:ArtsPrize 2015. neo:gallery27, Bolton, UK.


 

2015 Wasteland. CueB Gallery, London, UK.


 

2015 Testing Space. Pyramid Gallery, Warrington, UK.


 

2014 ROULADE – Ceremony Issue. Husk Gallery, London UK.


 

2014 BLURRED. Curated by Qila Gill. A Side B Side Gallery, Hackney, London, UK.


 

2014 Art Of Remembering. Rheged Gallery, Penrith, UK. (commissioned work)


 

RESIDENCIES

 

2017/18 IMAGO. Wigan Library, Wigan, UK

 

2016 WASPS Artist Studios. Hanson Street, Glasgow, UK

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS CURATED


2019 Twenty Years. As part of Manifest Arts Festival, Manchester. Cross Street Arts, Wigan (Co-curated with Jane Fairhurst)

2018 The Deconstructed Cross. Cross Street Arts, Wigan (Co-curated with Paula Fenwick Lucas)

2017 Nasty Women Wigan. part of the Nasty Women Global Art Exhibitions and Activism. Cross Street Arts, Wigan

2016, 2017, 2018 Museums At Night. Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan, UK.

2014 Illuminate 3. The Old Courts, Wigan, UK.
 2010/2013 Illuminate. Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK.


2010 You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato. (Co-curated with Nathalie Boobis) Unit 9, Eckersley Mill, Wigan, UK.

2009 The Way We Are Unit. 15/16, Swan Meadow Industrial Estate, Wigan, UK.

SELECTED ART EVENTS CURATED


2011 Birth Rites Symposium: Birth in Contemporary Art. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.

2010 Birth Rites Collection, Website Launch. Islington Mill, Salford, UK.


2009/2010 Wigan Bus Tour. Around Wigan, UK.


2009 Influx/Efflux. Wallgate Station, Wigan, UK. North

Western Station, Wigan, UK.


 

BOOKS


Smith, Anna FC and Tenbey, Kerry. "Community Servers: Obelisks of the North." In ‘Northern Formations’, edited by Lara Eggleton. Pg77-88. United Kingdom: Corridor 8, 2022.

Smith, Anna FC. "Boxing Day Fancy Dress In Wigan." In ‘The Routledge Companion to English Folk Performance’, edited by Peter Harrop and Steve Roud. Pg158-176. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. 2021.

Smith, Anna FC. BURPology, Harry Hill’s TV Burp as Carnival. United Kingdom: LMNOP Books. January 2013.

PUBLICATIONS


Smith, Anna FC. The Merry Wagtail Jades, The Breeches They Do Carry: Impudent women and cuckold’s horns. Art 511 Mag. Aug 2018

Smith, Anna FC. “The Ritualistic Heritage of The Suffragettes” Pankhurst in The Park Centenary Edition, Art 511 Mag. March 2018.

Smith, Anna FC. “Marlene Haring – Because You’re Worth It” Published by Used Magazine Online. July 2013.

Smith, Anna FC. “Boys and Bouquets”. Published by Used Magazine Online. June 2013.

Smith, Anna FC. “Come Carnival Exhibition”. Published by Used Magazine Online. May 2011.


Smith, Anna FC. “Heather - A Contemporary Grotesque”. Dairy Queen. Published by Crumbling Myths. September 2011.

ROLES

• Trustee – GRAFT Lancaster 2019- present


• Director and workshop facilitator - TERM art

classes 2020 - present


• Arts workshop facilitator - The Brick, Wigan Sept

2019 - 2020


• Management commitee - Cross Street Arts,

Wigan 2017 - present


• Assistant curator Birth Rites Collection,

Manchester 2010-2011


• Chair of NXNW (North by Northwestern Arts

Festival, Wigan) 2007-2010

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