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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits: Vicky Smith


Behind the Scenes Studio Visits: Vicky Smith


Vicky Smith, ‘Screen Tests’ (2020). Photograph courtesy the artist



Join us for an online behind the scenes studio visit at Spike Island. This is a chance to explore artists’ and makers’ studios, see their working environments, processes and works-in-progress.

In this studio visit, meet artist filmmaker and academic Vicky Smith who has worked in experimental animation and film for over 30 years. Her work has been screened in galleries and at festivals internationally and she is a co-founder of artist collective Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF). In this talk, Smith shares her artistic practice, some recent works and wider interests around analogue film production and education, collectivism, and modes of presentation with Spike Island assistant curator Rosa Tyhurst.

The conversation is followed by a Q&A with the online audience.

Watch a recording of this studio visit


Dr Vicky Smith has screened works at numerous institutions, galleries and art festivals across the world including Barbican Cinema, London (2021); Arnolfini, Bristol (2021); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017); Athens Ohio Film Festival (2017); Tate Modern (2016); Flatpack Festival, Birmingham (2016); Edinburgh Film Festival (2016); the London Short Film Festival (2015); ICA, London (2015); Tate Britain (2014), amongst others.

She has authored essays in many journals such as Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal (2015) and Sequence (2013). In 2018 she co-edited a book with Nicky Hamlyn in 2018 titled Experimental & Expanded Animation: Current Perspectives that received the McLaren/Lambart Best Scholarly Book in Animation award.

Vicky Smith is based at Spike Island Studios, Bristol.

Visit Vicky Smith’s blog

“In Vicky Smith’s [works], the body feels very present… Her techniques for direct mark-making on the film’s surface are astonishing. … Things dribbled onto the filmstrip, things scratched into it – the filmstrip, too, is paramount in Vicky’s films.” – David Curtis


Please note our galleries are currently closed for the installation of our next exhibitions, Eric Baudelaire and Alvin Curran, When There Is No More Music to Write and Tanoa Sasraku, Terratypes. We will reopen on Saturday 28th May.