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fine art


Chris Smith

Principal Lecturer
Coordinator Post-Graduate Research Students

RAE Outcomes

Research Methods, MA by Project; Supervision of PhD students and supervision of MA by Project students

Research interests
Chris Smith is Convenor of the Visual Arts Practice Research Group and editor of the Journal of Visual Art Practice published by Intellect.
His research interests lie in the field of art and design philosophy, particularly the connection between theory and practice, and a concern with praxis in art and design. He collaborates with others from the Visual Arts Practice Research Group in projects related to the relationship of imagination and image, and with Art & Language on the question of What work does the artwork do? This has led to various national and international symposia and exhibitions.
Chris supervises a range of doctoral students drawn from art and design as well as the crafts. He has run a number of workshops in collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, on supervision of Masters and Doctoral students. He also sits on the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design AHRC working group, examining issues related to practice-led research.

Professional activity

since 2006 - Editorial Board, Design Research Quarterly

since 2006 - member of CHEAD, AHRC working party on practice based research

since 2005 - Editor, Journal of Visual Art Practice

since 2003 - member of National Association of Fine Art Education Steering Group

Conferences and symposia

2007 - symposium: Systems Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London, with NCAD Dublin and The Whitechapel.

2007 - co-organizer and Session Chair for one day symposium: Did Hans Namuth kill Jackson Pollock?: The Problem of Documenting the Creative Process, University of the Arts, London

2006 - paper: Research Exhibitions; Contextual aspects and issues of internality and the autonomy of the artwork, Research into Practice Conference, University of Hertfordshire

2005 - What Work Does the Artwork Do ?2, Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London. Part of Now They Are Surrounded, Art & Language

2005 - seminar: Urban Bodies: Art and the Community, with Ian Robertson

2005 - panel member: Imagine/Image symposium, Baruchello Foundation, Rome

2005 - panel member: Art & Language & Luhmann III, What work does the artwork do? symposium, ZKM_Events, ZKM-Media, Karlruhe, Germany

2005 - paper: Artists' accounts: layering, description, analysis, and evaluation, The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts Research Symposium: The Documentation of Fine Art Processes and Practices, Lancaster University

2004 - paper: Critical Objects: the practice of research through making, Research into Practice conference, University of Hertfordshire. Published in Working Papers in Art & Design Vol. 13 (ISSN 1466-4917)

2004 - chair of the Imagine/Image Symposium, LMU

2003 - What work does the artwork do?, Unit 2, London, with Art & Language

2003 - paper delivered at Practice and Reflection symposium, Crafts Council, Painswick, Gloustershire


2007 - Now They Are Surrounded: Reconfigured, Art & Language, Unit 2 Gallery, London. Including artwork Now They Are Surrounded: Reconfigured by Chris Smith & Annie Spinster. Part of Systems Art

2005 - Now They Are Surrounded, Art & Language, Guildhall Art Gallery, London. With symposium: What Work Does the Artwork Do? 2

2003 - What Work Does the Artwork Do?, Unit 2, London. Exhibition to accompany the symposium, What Work Does the artwork do? with Art & Language


2007 - Why Art Has A History, Wiebke Morgan Gallery

2006 - Why Art Has A History, Unit 6, Sir John Cass dept. of Art, Media & Design, LMU

2004 - Art Works, Whitechapel Gallery, London. A performance by Art & Language, Chris Smith, and Linden Reilly.

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