Catherine Smith

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I am an artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland with a BA (hons) Degree in Painting from Grays’ School of Art.

Through the process of collage, I combine various techniques and materials – primarily oil paint and pastels – to piece together my memories and narratives. My practice is about absorbing my surroundings; as I become more sensitive to it, I accumulate images and stories which I embellish and make impressions of in my work.

After graduating, my desire to help others led me to coordinate workshops at charities including Inspire and The North East Sensory Services while sharing my process.

I have also exhibited in The Suttie Arts Space, Newave, ‘Worm’ and I have showcased my work in The North East Opens Studios since 2009.

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About Me


Professional Qualifications

2010 - 2014 Gray’s School of Art 2:1 BA (hons) Degree in Painting. 




"Submit" in The Worm, Peacocks


‘The September Issue’, mixed exhibition in The Suttie Arts Space


Mixed Exhibition in Newave Gallery

‘Up the Greenbrae Gourdas’ Solo Exhibition at ARI 


'With Eyes Closed’ Joint Exhibition at The Art Centre  

NEOS at Upper Loop Studio


Degree Show at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen 

NEOS at Upper Loop Studio 


Pre Degree Show at St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh 


North East Open Studios (NEOS), Aberdeen ​​


Work Experience 



Invigilator 'The Lily & Mim' Exhibition SMART Consultants, Aberdeen 

Helped set up the exhibition each morning and promoted the exhibition and Smart to the general public.



Volunteer Inspire, Aberdeen Cafe Coast Workshop.  

Assisted people with learning disabilities in art workshop. Focused on a fun theme – Aberdeen Harbour. Worked out a budget for materials and demonstrated techniques.


Art Gallery Assistant Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT), Aberdeen.  

Recruited and coordinated volunteers, helped host events and promote the space online and through word of mouth.  


Arts & Engagement Intern GHAT, Aberdeen.  

Worked with the hospital collection and set up and led art sessions in The Suttie Arts Space with hospital staff and patients. Supported GHAT team and artists by creating booklets and helping install shows. Helped host various events including the opening of the H2O exhibition and the AB Positive networking event.  


Art Room Assistant GHAT, Aberdeen.  

Assisted artists and patients in art sessions in Woodend Hospital. Ensured that materials were in reach and had fun learning about the patients' interests.  



Lead Artist at North East Sensory Services (NESS), Aberdeen 

Designed and led art project called 'The Aberdeen City Mural' for people of all ages. Planned and budgeted the project, researched ideas with the help from staff and service users and coordinated the group to help everyone achieve their own personal goal. 



Volunteer at NESS Aberdeen. 

Helped create a fun and engaging mural called 'The Parks of Aberdeen Mural' with the service users. Learned basic British Sign Language in a short course to enable me to get to know and help some of the service users.  Hugely satisfying experience learning the project gave participants a confidence boost. 


Tutor at Seventeen

Worked with life drawing teacher, Catriona Plattern in The Live Drawing, which involved engaging members of public to focus on the human form. I had a great time meeting new people and I learned a lot from Catriona’s teaching methods.

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