Bridget Smith was commissioned in 2003 by the De La Warr Pavilion to respond to the changing nature of the building during its recent refurbishment. She was selected from a national shortlist of over 40 nominated artists.
This exhibition of Smith's photographs is significant in that it brings together a selection of work focused on the De La Warr Pavilion. As opposed to documentary photography, Smith's response to the building's development is a personal one, challenging preconceptions about the Pavilion and utilising architecture as a springboard for other ideas to enter the work and exploring how the building makes you 'feel'.
The exhibition of work reveals how the building's architecture and context continues to provide an impetus for artists to create new work.
Bridget Smith was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and studied at the Central School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College, London. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo shows include Gallery Side 2, Tokyo; Centro de Arte, Salamanca; and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. In 2000, she undertook the Tate Tokyo Residency.
Her work can be found in several international public and private collections including Arts Council England, Contemporary Art Society, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Government Art Collection in the UK. Bridget Smith is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.
Bridget Smith discusses her work in the Artists' Talk
on Thursday 11 May at 6pm.