Newtown Art Seat public art by Bernadette Smith featured in Marrickville Open Studio Trail during Art Month 

Bernadette Smith is a contemporary artist working within painting and photo-media. She is currently exploring the impacts of the Anthropocene on water sustainability and social precariacy. Her Master of Fine Arts by Research at Sydney College of the Arts is focused on developing activist visual aids and art interventions for environmental and social justice.

Pilgrims Progress by Bernadette Smith and Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken at the Harbour Sculpture Prize 2017

Points of Departure installation by Bernadette Smith and Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken at the University of Sydney 2017 Art Crawl

Beams festival

Experimental photographs shown at Four Walls photography exhibition

Recent Projects    

         Sculpture at Bayside Arts Festival
      Harbour Sculpture Prize
          Sawmillers Sculpture Prize
        Beams Festival 
            Nocturnal Arts Festival 
             Pool Rules 
             Newtown Art Seat

Above my poster design to Save Sydney College of the Arts exhibited at Sydney University and a link to protest clothing printed with photos taken of my art school studio window worn at rally to save SCA at

2015 enrolled Master of Fine Arts by Research at Sydney College of the Arts.
2007 Multimedia Certificate IV Hunter Street TAFE, Newcastle
1988 Master of Fine Art, by coursework San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA.
1984 Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies, College of Fine Arts,
        University of N.S.W; Australia. Major: Photography and film/video
1980 Bachelor of Education in Art, University of Newcastle, Australia.
2009 Selected Florence Biennale.
2003 Highly Commended for painting, Gosford Art Prize.
1985 Louis B Mayer Award for Post Graduate Film, SFAI, California

Marriott Hotels, Australia
ARCO Experimental Cinema Library, Madrid, Spain.
Kodak Photography Collection, Sydney,
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, U.S.A.
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France.
Fotogalerie Kommunale Friedrichshain, Berlin.
State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Archive, Australia.
Australian National Film Archive.

Art on the Greenway installation detail by Bernadette Smith part of Leichardt Open Studio Trail 2015                                 
"Visceral Art and Political Voids" in Rochford Street Review January 2016
Interview in ARTS ZINE march 2016
"Radical Newcastle" published by New South press chapters 'The Star Hotel Riot and its Legacy' and 'A Hidden History of Stockton Bight'
"Australian Art Responses to the GFC" Arena Magazine No. 132 Oct/Nov 2014
"Behind Government Spin - Dissing the Disabled" Green Left Weekly, December 3, 2011
“From Where I Stand” Australian Fabian News Vol 50, 2010
"Letter to Liao Yiwu" The Guardian 8 June 2011
"Work and Worklessness"paper COFFEE conference 2009 University of Newcastle
Featured on The Art Club TV program, CNN, Singapore, 1998.
“Human Intervention on Australian Beaches”, Surfrider Foundation, 1997.
Playbox Theatre 21st Anniversary Catalogue, Melbourne 1997.
“Of Thoughts and Dreams”, Peter Eastway, Australian Camera, Sept.1991.
“Real Artists Paint Seascapes...”, Bernadette Smith, Art City, Nov. 1991.

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