R o s i e  G a l l o w a y - S m i t h




Rosie's painting are concerned with expressing complex states of mind through visual metaphor.

She constructs images through playing with the boundaries and relationships between 2D and 3D states using various processes before completing ideas as paintings which have been described as ‘a discord between a conscious and unconscious self’.

Rosie's art is created from a mixture of images and objects, juxtaposed using colour, texture, and composition.  

She creates canvas and collage based pieces that explore notions of femininity, hypnagogic reality and semantic interactions between visual elements. Current pieces explore states of mind related to adolescence, by layering images with found objects as well as crumpling surfaces to arrive at a final composition, and present the same model in different ways.


Rosie graduated from Hull School of Art in 1996 and has been a practicing artist since then, exhibiting in Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Canada, Barcelona and Carlisle. She has been actively involved in the national initiative The Big Draw, has worked extensively with Creative Futures Cumbria, and has an ongoing role in promoting and helping deliver the C>Art Open Studio event, run by Eden Arts in Cumbria, as well as working extensively in secondary art education. She was selected for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition in 2016.


Rosie will be studying at Glasgow School of Art to complete her Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice in September 2017 and is looking forward to seeing how her work develops in the near future.



September 2016 - The Guildhall Museum, Carlisle. Bloodlines:Floodlines – textile map of the 2015 Carlisle floods with public engagement and interaction.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming - July 2018 - Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Carlisle

September 2009 - Sentimental Arithmetic - Pastels, Foxes Cafe Lounge, Carlisle

July 2009 - Ghosts of St Aidan’s - Photographic Interactive Exhibition, Carlisle Library

November 2006 - Telling Tales – Pastels, The Artfinder's Gallery, Liverpool

January -March 2001  - Untitled – Acrylic Paintings, Ribborn, El Born, Barcelona


Selected Group Exhibitions

February 2017 - September 2017 - Maris Gallery, Crofton Nr Carlisle

February 2017 - Retrospective - 21 years of West Walls Artists, Old Fire Station, Carlisle October 2016 – Cumbrian Artist of the Year, Rheged Centre, Penrith

May 2015 - Life in Colour – Contemporary Painting Open Mind Gallery, Carlisle

April 2015 - Reading Contemporary Art Fair with Art-Crowd Gallery

August – Sept 2014 - Cumbrian Contrasts, Rheged Centre, Penrith