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KRISTIAN SMITH play the swan and die in music


26 June - 7 August 2021


Artist Kristian Smith's new solo exhibition, play the swan and die in music presents new work in photography, collage and drawing.

The exhibition includes new photographic works of observational and appropriated material alongside spray paint collages and a drawn work on paper.

Kristian Smith's work foregrounds the gaze, a sense of dislocation and often violence in works using appropriated material, presented within and alongside configurations of observational and found photography, collage and drawing. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is a previous Artist in Residence at Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy for Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh.


Edition prints of works in this exhibition are available through Rake of Colts here

For further information / enquiries contact: info@rakeofcolts.co.uk @rakeofcolts



Kristian Smith

Lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland



2020 Creative Scotland Artist Fund Award

2020 Visual Arts Scotland Creative Freelancers Funding

2018 National Library of Scotland / Muriel Spark 100 Endless Different Ways Award

2014 Creative Scotland Artist Bursary Award

2011 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Intermedia Art - Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland


Project Commissions

2018 National Library of Scotland / Muriel Spark 100 Endless Different Ways Exhibition


Artist Residencies

2015 Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy / Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

2013 Artistes en Résidence Clermont Ferrand, France / David Dale Gallery, Glasgow


Solo Exhibitions

2021 play the swan and die in music - Rake of Colts

2021 Hunters in the Snow - Rake of Colts

2018 Passengers - Custom House, Edinburgh, Scotland

2016 Room Service - The Gate House, Edinburgh, Scotland

2014 Impressionism - Institute Français d'Écosse, Edinburgh, Scotland


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Ambit Photographies from Scotland - Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

2017 Family of No Man - Cosmo Arles, Arles, France

2017 Guest Room curated by Susan Bright - Der Greif / online

2015 Finite Project Altered When Open - David Dale Gallery, Glasgow

2015 AiR - Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy

2015 Open 19 - Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales

2015 No Time For Hysteria - 126 at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland

2014 Open 2014 - Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

2013 Oblique - David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2013 Catalyst Arts - Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Ireland

2013 The Founding Phant - Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland

2013 Anonyme Zeichner - Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

2012 Undertow - Ormston House, Limerick / The Lab, Dublin, Ireland

2012 Mud Wrestling - Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2012 Streetlevel Open - Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow, Scotland