Dorothy Smith


Dorothy holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire, a Degree Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin.

Recents works include; Landmarks, solo show RHA Ashford Gallery 2018; curation of exhibitions Print Works, and Orientation, Droichead Arts Centre 2018 and 2017; Dalymount: Mapping a Unique Architectural Space, 2018/19 (Arts Council Award); An Post Commemorative Stamp Commission, 2019; Seeing Other Dublins, Seminar, Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 2019; Spatial Stories, 2017 (Arts Council Award).


Dorothy’s work is concerned with the built environment of public space; it’s construction, it’s demolition, decay, accidental sculptural moments; the life cycle of the city; it’s fugitive and transitory nature. Her drawings are embedded in the geographical and social space of the city where she lives. They are a means of thinking about the structures we create and are a form of knowledge creation through exploring our public realm and forces active in city creation.

Her practice is rooted in studio based work with a keen interest in embracing contexts beyond those of the studio and gallery space. She works in a wide range of contexts including public art projects, curation, talks, publications, community based work as well as exhibiting her detailed structural line drawings. She is interested in the complex social space which the artist inhabits in greater society and is a founding member of the campaigning group Reimagining Phibsborough.