Artist Profile: Alison Smith

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Meet another of the PODzome exhibition artists, Alison Smith.

Alison has a long standing association with PODspace, having been a Gallery Director for a number of years and recently a guest curator alongside Nicole Chaffey for our recent Transit Town exhibition at Nobby’s Lighthouse.

Here Alison talks about her involvement with the PODzome exhibition:

I was approached by the Curator of PODzome, Jen Denzin, to submit an artwork for consideration for the exhibition. The theme resonated clearly with a particular direction of my work so I was pleased to propose an idea for my artwork Urban scrawl.

Jen and I had attended the Newcastle Art School together, as had a number of the other exhibitors, so it was a great opportunity to exhibit with these local artists that I know and admire. As a former co-director of PODspace, and a co-curator of a previous PODspace ‘pop-up’ exhibition (Transit Town at Nobby’s Lighthouse) I was also keen to support a PODspace project.

The particular photomedia process used to create Urban scrawl is a technique I started working with a number of years ago and have been wanting to explore again in a large-scale work. The PODzome theme of rhizome structures fits well with the ephemeral and nature of scaffolding and the state of flux I perceive in urban growth.


To see more of Alison’s work, come to the PODzome exhibition.

Venue: University of Newcastle Gallery

Exhibition opening: Friday 12 September 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: 10 – 27 September

Gallery hours: Wed – Fri 10 – 5, Sat 12 – 4. Other times by appointment.

Access: Both the gallery and toilets are wheelchair accessible. There is one disability parking spot outside the gallery.