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

'.....a discord between a conscious and unconscious self.'

Rosie is currently studying at Glasgow School of Art on the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice and her work is developing considerably in new directions through the programme.


Her most recent work is exploring emotionality through materiality, physical processes of disintegration, and indexing of materials. She creates her own artefacts with construction/decorating materials and clothes, looking at their shared connotations of shelter/skin and as ciphers for the physical human body, and the processes of dereliction taking place with both over time.


By transforming the clothing through cutting, sewing, and layering concrete and paint she changes them into a form that negates their usefulness and draws attention to their individual character as real objects in themselves, as quasi-religious relics that provoke a sense of uncanniness. The use of gold coloured paint and materials explores ideas of power, divinity and disillusion, visible and hidden through layers of paint.  These pieces are then the focus in macro viewpoint for oil paintings that return them to a less alien state.


These pieces aim to create an emotional and disconcerted response in their audience, and there is a clear allusion towards death and abjection as well as some attempt to comfort at the same time. She wants to build a space for individuals to confront their own responses to death and dereliction and the loss of identity that is inherent to both states/processes.


Her previous figurative painting and collages express complex states of mind through visual metaphor,  constructed 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 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 had roles 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.



March 2018 - Dumfries House, Ayrshire.

September 2016 - The Guildhall Museum, Carlisle. Bloodlines:Floodlines – textile map of the 2015 Carlisle floods with public engagement and interaction. This piece was acquired for the city's permanent art collection in November 2017.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

March 2018 - Tracing Materiality, Glasgow School of Art. One day show working with postgraduate curatorial student Anna Clark.

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