A free meet-up designed for artists in Kent to chat, collaborate, learn, share ideas and get support. It’s a good time to reflect on the past week and discuss all things creatives.
It’s a simple get together with like-minded creative people supporting each other and an opportunity to get feedback from the group. It’s about building a more robust community for artists and creatives where the support comes from the community itself.
Clare Smith was born in Penang, Malaysia and was educated in England. She studied Oriental studies in Cambridge before spending 15 years in Luxembourg, returning to England in 1999 to study art as a mature student in Canterbury Kent and realise a long-held dream of making a life in the arts. Her mixed English/Chinese heritage informs her perspective on issues of identity and categorisation. Her nomadic childhood and early adulthood have meant a somewhat ambivalent relationship to place, reinforced by the sense of ambiguity that comes from her mixed identity. Smith works across genres in drawing, print media, collage and moving image. Through her choice of materials and approaches, she creates work which attempts to create a sense of unity. Her recent work reflects a growing interest in place and memory and a stronger focus on the autobiographical. There is a delicacy and fragility to some of Smith’s work, which reflects a constant sense of the precariousness of physical existence and a concern with healing.