Catherine Smiles

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am an artist and writer based in London. After studying an MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths and graduating in 2015, I now work as a freelance writer and am the co-editor of PaperWork Magazine. I have worked with a range of institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, Jupiter Woods, X Marks the Bökship, Spacex, Openfile, The National Gallery and Bristol Diving School. My most recent project, 'Car', working with Non Performer, was read at EXCURSUS: Art Writing In and Out of the Library, a half-day of presentations and discussion celebrating art writing and the new art writing section in Goldsmiths Library PaperWork Magazine is sold in Tender Books, X Marks the Bökship, Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), and Foyles amongst others and was part of OOMK's Future Library project, supported by Book Works, Exhibitions and events include: Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, London (2015); EXCURSUS: Art Writing In and Out of the Library, London (2015), PaperWork Issue #2 Act Natural: Launch, Jupiter Woods, London (2014); Goldsmiths Graduate Gold Festival, Goldsmiths, University of London, London (2014); Optics of Writing: Out of Sight, X Marks the Bökship, London (2014); Language is the Creek on the Stair, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); PaperWork Issue #1 Lost and Found: Launch Tour, The Lighthouse, Glasgow (2013), Inland Studios, London (2013), Bristol Diving School (2013); Pilot, London (2012); Paperwork Open Mic, I Never Read Art Book Fair Basel, Basel (2013); Voss Ist Das, Z Shed, Bristol (2012); It's Us! It's Us!, Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol (2012).

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Publishing
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Copywriting
  • Administration
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Arts
  • Operations Admin
  • Editing Proofreading

Work history

Currently

Project Administrator

Intoart

Apr 2016

Currently

Bookshop Assistant

Rye Books

Mar 2015
  • Main responsibilities involved: • Stock ordering (daily orders, plus larger school/educational and event orders). • Designing promotional material (using Adobe Indesign and Microsoft Word). • Invoicing (using Microsoft Excel and the in-house bookselling software Bertline10). • Visual merchandising (window display, shop layout and display). • Book-keeping and stock checks. • Working to tight deadlines and managing my time effectively. • Good knowledge of literary market required. • General assistance with the running of a small business: serving customers, answering the phone and responding to emails; assisting with the numerous public events at the shop.

Currently

Co-editor & Co-director

Paperwork Magazine

Sep 2012
  • Editor and co-director of PaperWork Magazine (www.paperworkmagazine.com) Main responsibilities involve: • Providing editorial support for contributing artists, and assisting with design. • Programming launch events in four cities- arranging transport, equipment, curatorial support and promotion through online campaigns and printed material. • Correspondence with artists, exhibition spaces and other PaperWork collaborators • Book-keeping, invoicing, dealing with accounts and tax returns. • Managing budgets and production schedule. • Promotion- regularly updating the blog and twitter account, contacting potential clients such as small businesses, galleries, students, designers. • Distribution.

2015

Gallery Assistant

The National Gallery

Aug 2013 - May 2015
  • Main responsibilities involved: • Ensuring the safety and security of the gallery. • Assisting visitors-providing information on current and upcoming exhibitions, directing visitors around the gallery.

2013

Writer

The Flying Post

Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
  • I write arts features for the magazine, which focuses on art and culture in the South West of England.

Education

2015

Art Writing (distinction

Goldsmiths, University of London

Aug 2012 - Jul 2015
  • Art Writing, or writing as art practice, experiments with the non-division between theory and practice, criticism and creativity. It considers the art object and its forms of dissemination and exhibition, and how these might be problematised through writing. There were two main components to the course; Critical Commentary and Practice. The Critical Commentary component was similar to a dissertation in weight, but could be formally more experimental. My thesis 'Plotting a hole (they were sick of the place)' examined the subjection of the body to contingency and fate, through a first-person account of a failed project to dismantle the self. The Practice component involved the submission of a portfolio of work, as well as presenting individual research at a symposium, and organising a public art event. The portfolio I submitted consisted of fictions, audio works and performances, which speculated on the multiple surfaces and structures of the body. The work engaged with a spatial understanding of sensory information, where distance is required for wholeness and vision, and proximity for sound/nonidentity/plurality, considering the way in which the voice and other haptics are mediated, and on what terms.

2012

Art and Visual Culture (first Class Honours

University of the West of England, Bristol

Aug 2009 - May 2012
  • Art and Visual Culture is a practice-based degree which involves an additional written component as part of the practice submission. I completed an extended dissertation and participated in the end of year exhibition. I engaged critically with my practice through the production of artworks and written text, underpinned by theoretical perspectives. The title of my dissertation was 'In What Ways Does the Spoken Word Expose Social Paradigms Within Art (with reference to Bruce Nauman and Imogen Stidwokrthy)'. (13,500 words) In 2011 I completed an Erasmus Exchange at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Enschede, Netherlands, for the duration of 6 months.

Awards

2012

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Arts Council

  • PaperWork is a self published art writing print and event magazine. It is organised by Sarah Charalambides, Jessa Mockridge and Catherine Smiles. PaperWork was awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding for its first issue, published in May 2012, 'Lost and Found'. http://www.paperworkmagazine.com