Babs Smith is an Artist based at Ebor Studios, Littleborough. She was the winner of a Graduate Scholarship on the University of Salford Art Collection Graduate Scholarship Scheme in conjunction with Castlefield Gallery Manchester. She was the 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, and DCC Datat in Manchester. She is currently exhibiting a dual location exhibition in Augmented Reality with musician Sophie Cooper. Critical Threshold is currently on show in both Berlin and New York.
University of Salford
Fine Art BA (Hons)
2017 – 2020
2022 Gallery Frank Ebor Studio, Littleborough, Rochdale, Gtr Manchester.
2023 Watergrove Reservoir and Gallery Frank Rochdale Gtr Manchester.
2023 The Alumni Strikes Back - Hosted by Short Supply Mcr, Paradise Works, Salford Manchester, UK
2023 Exquisite Corpse - Hosted by Bla-Bla Projektraum, Soldiner Straße 103, 13359 Berlin, Germany.
2023 Exquisite Corpse - World of MOCO, at 211 State Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604, USA2023
2023 Rogue Women - Rogue Artists Studio, Openshaw, Manchester.
2023 Cityscape - City Life, International Group Exhibition, Devonshire House One, Mayfair Place, London, UK.
2022 Sixty Plus 10, The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale, UK
2022 Littleborough Arts Festival, Greater Manchester, UK
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
2023 March - June - Linking Schools Project in response to A Tall Order. Project work exhibited at Touchstones Rochdale in August 2023
2021 Response in Residency & Collaboration to Vista, an 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.