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Maxima Smith


B. 1992, London, UK

Lives and works in London


Maxima Smiths’ practice focuses on gesture, movement and mimicry and is based primarily in film which allows her to emphasise and focus on rhythmic and meditative qualities which reappear throughout her work. Working with film allows Smith to explore the slippages between “on stage” and “behind the scenes” to ask questions about how we are all performing ourselves. 



Dutch Art Institute, MA,  October 2021 - August 2023

Slade School of Fine Art, BA (4 years) 1st Class Honours, September 2012 - July 2016

Central St Martins, Fine Art Foundation, Distinction, September-2011 - May 2012



Black Dogs Collective Funding, 2019 

Queen Marys Commission and Award, 2017 

The Queens Hall Digital Commission, 2017 

Alfred Rich Scholarship, 2012


Solo Exhibitions:

The Window Part 1: Ode to a Window Cleaner, The Clarence (North East London) 2021


Puppet Portraits, The French House (Soho, London), 2018


Ode to a Window Cleaner, The Peoples Palace (East London), 2017-2018



Selected Group Exhibitions:



Visions in the Nunnery - Programme 1 - Hetain Patel, The Nunnery Gallery (Bow, London)


Re-enchanted Matter, APT Gallery (Deptford, London)


To all our absent dialogues, 155a Gallery (Dulwich, London)



Pixelache2019 Oranssi, Kaasutehtaan, Helsinki



Visions in the Nunnery- Programme 1 -Tina Keane, The Nunnery Gallery (Bow, London)


Retrospective, Queens Hall Digital Gallery Space (Northumberland)


The Bomb Factory Artist Film Festival, AWEsome Art Space - Art Week Exeter (Exeter)


Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe (Sheffield)


The Next Thing, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre (Bury)


The Working Artist: The East London Group, Nunnery Gallery (Bow, London)


Two Glass Eyes Are Better Than One, Thames-Side Studios (Greenwich, London)


Bow Open Show by Alex Chinneck, Nunnery Gallery (Bow, London)


The Bomb Factory Film Festival 3, The Bomb Factory (Archway London)



Bronze Lab Residency, The Royal College of Art, 2013


Nida Art Colony, 2021


Performing Arts Forum, 2022


Talks and events 


Future Fossils, Turf Projects, London


We should all be Mothers, discussion group at the loft, Croydon Art Store, Art Licks Weekend



East London Group Then & Now, Panel Discussion (alongside Louise Raw & David Buckman) at The Nunnery Gallery



The Nunnery Gallery Frieze First Thursdays, Live Performance evening of my work Ode to a Window Cleaner 

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