Academic Qualifications

2009-2012 MA(Dist) Arts Management, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

2003-2005 NVQ3 Arts Development and Teaching, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire

1991-1992 BTEC National Diploma, General Art and Design, Lincoln College of Art, Lincoln

Recent Work: 

2019: Stitching together – fostering critical dialogue around participatory textile making methods in research and practice. Arts University Bournemouth, Nottingham Trent University & Derby Museum.

2018: Creating Impact From Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care, a collaboration with Dr Anna Tarrant University of Lincoln

2018: Processions. Banner commissioned for a mass participation artwork which celebrated 100 years of votes for women. 14-18 Now, Artichoke. Smith-Genever

2017-18: No One is Coming to Save You. G4A (arts Council England) funded practice based research around resilience. Project partners included Ash Villa, Manchester Metropolitan University, York Teaching Hospital and Axisweb. Smith-Genever

2016: Me, Me, Me, Me, Meme. An action research project developed with NE Lincolnshire Council (Social Care) and CapeUK. Grimsby and Cleethorpes. Smith-Genever

2015: Good Pretty Things/Pretty Good Things, a First Art (CP&P) commission for the Bolsover Stories Festival. Derbyshire. Smith-Genever

2015: Good Pretty Things/Pretty Good Things, a Ridges and Furrows Residency in partnership with NCCD, Sleaford. Lincolnshire. Smith-Genever

Selected Exhibitions

2019 No One is Coming to Save You, York Teaching Hospitals

2018 Processions, various locations across the UK

2018 A World of Work, Brantwood, Cumbria

2017 Nasty Women UK, Hackney

2017 Leeds Zine, Central Library, Leeds

2015 Pride of Place Cardiff, The Caravan Gallery. Part of Diffusion International Photography Festival

2013 I Would Like to get to Know You Better, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln Part of the Smart Moves exhibition of work produced by Lincoln University’s AA2A Artists

2011 – 15 The Moveable Museum of Found Objects; A touring exhibition which explored notions of value and beauty in objects that had been lost, forgotten or discarded.

2011 QR-3D, Cornerhouse (now HOME), Manchester
A textiles QR code constructed with 1089 hand rolled felt balls produced by over 200 crowd sourced participants. Presented as part of the Manchester Science Festival

2011 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London
Six photographs commissioned as part of the School’s of Creativity Pavilion exhibition to showcase and celebrate creative teaching and learning in English schools


2016 Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading. Eight photographs documenting contemporary Gypsy life

Selected Publications

2020 Women Making History: Processions the Banners, Artichoke. 2 Smith-Genever banners featured (p.132 & 133)

2013 Creative Research Methods blog. The Moveable Museum of Found Objects
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (Birmingham City University) and Communication and Media Research Institute (University of Westminster)

2012 Educating for Creativity; A Global Conversation, edited by Robert Kelly. Co-author of chapter 16, Creative Schools Partnership: Creative Education on a Large Scale

2012 AN Magazine. Debate: are social media-led artists’ projects a challenge to the traditional model of participation in the arts (May issue, p4-6)

2012 AD The National Society for Education in Art and Design magazine.
Digital Footprints and a Museum of Wheels; Katie Smith describes a series of online and touring journeys (issue 5, p24-25)

2012 52-52 Members’ Book; An online community’s response to weekly photo challenges set by fifty-two accomplished photographers

2011 The Caravan Gallery Presents: Other People’s Pictures

Selected Projects 

2014 -16 The View From Here: A project working with lorry drivers employed by haulage company Freshlinc, to explore the extraordinariness of the everyday through Polaroid photography. Commissioned by Transported

2015 Artist in Residence, Elsoms Seeds, Spalding: A photographic project delivered in collaboration with Electric Egg. Jointly commissioned by Elsoms seeds and Transported (ACE Creative People and Places)

2014 -15 Artist in Residence, Blueskies Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group. Weekly sessions exploring the relationship between creativity and welbeing. Commissioned by Cultural Solutions UK

2014-15 One Summer in Swineshead – an artist-led participatory project commissioned by Transported to develop a photo-archive of village life as experienced by its residents in Summer 2015
2013 The Artist Swap Box – a project initiated online to explore the benefits/implications of gifting knowledge and artefacts within a postal community of artists

2012-13 I Would Like to Get to Know you Better – a body of work documenting a journey of trust and friendship established in both digital and analogue environments. Created during a residency at the University of Lincoln, through the AA2A scheme

2012-13 The Alchemy Project – A series of photo-walks in and around Boston, Lincolnshire, devised to unite participants through a shared interest and to foster a better understanding of their culturally-diverse community

2012-13 Our Big Real Gypsy Lives– A photographic resource co-created with young Romany Gypsies and Travellers living in Lincolnshire to give an insight into what it means to them to be part of their community

2011-15 We Found Art – A self funded project initiated online to explore the potential for creative participation within the digital environment. The physical product of the project tours offline as a mobile exhibition ‘the Moveable Museum of Found Objects’

2007-8 The Identity Project- A visual arts project delivered on behalf of The Collection, Lincoln, working with young people in formal and non-formal settings to explore issues of cultural identity

2005-6 Enhancing the Healing Environment – A residency with occupational therapists and service users at The Department of Psychiatry, Pilgrim Hospital

2003 The Collections Project – A residency with a Nursery in Boston which implemented a child centred approach to creativity within the EYFS framework. Funded by ACE Grants for the Arts

Selected Consultancy/Training Commissions

2013 Member of the Transported Evaluation Task Group with responsibility to monitor and evaluate Boston Borough and South Holland’s ACE funded Creative People and Places project

2013 Mentor to AA2A artists at the University of Lincoln

2011 Collaboration with the Director of the Cottage Museum at Woodhall Spa to develop an audience development plan through a TMC Partnership Research Bursary

2009-11 Critical friend to 9 Creative Partnerships schools across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Peterborough with a responsibility to support the four key phases of the CP process: Diagnostic, planning and brokering, change management, evaluation and Sustainability (TMC/CCE)

2005-9 Delivery of county wide child centred creativity training for early years professionals on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Services.

2005-9 Delivery of High/Scope training to early years professionals and parents on behalf of SureStart and HomeStart at children’s centres across Lincolnshire

2004-9 Project development & management of the Giles Academy’s community arts programme.


2018 Invited speaker, Textiles and Place, Manchester School of Art

2015 Invited speaker and workshop leader, Faceless Arts Diversion Symposium; Reaching People, Celebrating Places. Junction, Goole

2014 Invited Speaker, Museum Ethnographers Group Conference; collections, collaboration and Communities. University of Aberdeen

2012 Invited speaker and workshop leader, ‘Innovate and Inspire,’ the Lincolnshire Art and Design conference for KS1-KS5 Teachers. CfBT, Lincoln

Research Networks

2019 Stitching Together: fostering critical dialogue around participatory textile making methods in research and practice. An AHRC-funded project organised by researchers at Arts University Bournemouth and Nottingham Trent University.

2018 From Network to Meshwork: validation for social practice art and artists. AHRC/ESRC/Axisweb funded research into the challenges artists face in accessing critical support, acclaim and development opportunities for social practice. Led by Professor Amanda Ravetz at Manchester School of Art

2013 Creative Research Methods: supporting academic researchers using participatory creative research methods. An AHRC funded skills development project organised by researchers at Birmingham City University and University of Westminster.

2012 Digital Transformations: exploring community powered creativity. A research network exploring digital transformations in the creative relationships between cultural and media organisations and their users. Funded by the AHRC and led by Professor David Gauntlett at University of Westminster