Babs Smith is an Artist based at Paradise Works, Salford, and a Graduate Scholar on the University of Salford Art Collection Graduate Scholarship Scheme in conjunction with Castlefield Gallery Manchester. She was Winner of the People’s Choice Award at Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival. She was selected for the Neo Print Prize and the Salford Open in 2018 and has been recently nominated for a Create Art & Design Award UOS. Babs has shown work alongside the Acquired Exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and in the Superlative Artistry of Japan where her work is currently housed at Salford Museum. Her work is in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery Collection and the Salford Universities Collection. Babs has undertaken a number of public commissions and has her work housed at the National Outdoor Centre, North Wales and the Autism and Criminal Justice System, Salford. She is currently developing projects with DCC Data in Manchester.
University of Salford
Fine Art BA (Hons)
2017 – 2020
2021 Blue (online) The X Collab Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, UK
2020 Made It. (Online) Short Supply Mcr, UK
2020 Connections, (Online) Hanover Project, Preston, UK
2020 A Postcard to the Future, Glynn Vivien Art Gallery, Swansea, UK.
2020 Flat Instance, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, UK.
2020 Lockdown and Light Online Exhibition.
2020 The Superlative Artistry of Japan, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Salford, UK.
2019 Hotbed Press 20 x 20 Print Exchange, Worldwide.
2019 A Postcard From Rochdale, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale, UK
2018 Acquired, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Salford, UK.
2018 Hotbed Press 20 x 20 Print Exchange, Worldwide.
2018 The Salford Open, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Salford, UK.
2018 Salfood Artwork Competition Exhibition, University of Salford, Salford, UK.
2018 Neo Artists 30 x 30 Print Exchange, Bolton, UK.
2018 Collage etc. The Whiskey Jar, Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK.
2017 Hotbed Press 20 x 20 Print Exchange, Worldwide.
2017 The Haworth Life Drawing Series Exhibition, The Old Fire Station, Salford, UK.
2015 Host, The Gallery, Bank Quay House, Warrington, UK.
2014 Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington, UK.
Residencies and Collaborations
2021 Response in Residency & Collaboration to Vista, exhibition of paintings - The Sky is Not the Limit, 285 Deansgate, Manchester, UK,
2019 Artist in Residence, The National Mountain Sports Center, North Wales, UK.
2019 Group Residency, Merz Barn, Ambleside, UK.
Awards & Prizes
2020 – 2021 Graduate Scholar, Salford Art Collection, Paradise Works, Salford, Manchester UK.
2020 Salford University Student Awards Art & Design Nomination. Salford. UK.
2020 Commission, Smart DCC, Manchester. UK.
2019 Commission, The Autism & Criminal Justice System, Salford, UK.
2019 Salford University Graduation Gift Artwork Prize, Salford, UK.
2018 Salfood Artwork Competition Exhibition, Allerton Restaurant, Salford,UK.
2018 C&O Wines Competition 1st. Altrincham, Manchester, UK.
2014 The People’s Choice Award, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival. Warrington, UK.
University of Salford.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery.