Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733

b. 1966, Essex, England

Bridget Smith works within the documentary genre but she photographs places of fantasy and escapism. Smith is interested in the places where people go to seek refuge from the outside world: to escape boredom, to be diverted, transported, absorbed – places to lose oneself, where pretence and reality are often confused.

Smith’s photographs have documented the construction of fantasy and the architecture of entertainment, the function of which is to disconnect people from their everyday lives and concerns. Since 2005 her practice has expanded to include both still and moving images which address our struggle to feel connected: within society, the landscape and the wider universe. The photographs and videos often point to the gap between one’s imagination and reality and the interplay between the two. The work flits between objectivity and subjectivity, the real and the fake.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits, an exhibition curated by Bridget Smith for the Bloomsbury Festival, Swedenborg House, London
  • 2016 The Eye Needs A Horizon, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2015 Relativity, a film commission for Thirteen Ways and The Space in partnership with Forward Arts Foundation and the BBC
  • 2015 If You Want To Talk About Light You Have To Take About Waves, a solo exhibition at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
  • 2015-16 Artist in Residence at The Swedenborg Society, London
  • 2013 Lovin’ it a group exhibition at the Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil, Switzerland
  • 2012 The Occupants: Contemporary Perspectives on the Picker House a group exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery, London
  • 2011 We Must Live! a solo exhibition Frith Street Gallery
  • 2010 Nobody Else Even Knows, a solo exhibition at Peer, London
  • 2008 Killing Time, a solo exhibition at Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2007 Stardust or the Last Frontier, a group exhibition at Musée D’art Contemporain, Val de Marne
  • 2006 Rebuild, a solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • 2005 – 2006 Cosmos, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery

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Image of: Blueprint for a Sea (infinity)
  • Blueprint for a Sea (infinity) , 2015
  • Cyanotype print on aluminium
  • 110 x 230 cm
  • Edition of 4 + 1AP