Dr. Rachel Smith

I am an artist and educator with a practice across Drawing, Photography, and Writing. My work meanders through existing texts, fragmenting narratives, using association, error, and distraction in a generative manner. In doing so, spaces are produced to materialise elements of the reading process which explore the construction of sense for this reader.

The action of Reading as Writing as Making is termed  — read(writ)ing — a method I developed as part of my Ph.D research. This term defines my practice which cuts together-apart processes related to reading/ writing/ making to reveal how sense might be sought, rejected, and re-fused.

I am interested in the production of artist books, and using the page space to explore hybrid image and text experiments. 


Ph.D. (Practice led Fine Art),

Drawing out Language: From Or to And, Disrupting Dualism through Conceptual Poetics.

Sheffield Hallam University, DOS: Dr. Sharon Kivland, (2020)

MA Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, (2013)

PGCE, Bretton Hall, (1995)

BA(Hons), Fine Art, Staffordshire University, (1994)



Open College of the Arts, Distance Learning    (2014-current)                           

Course Developer at HE4 and HE6 

HE Tutor and Assessor for Creative Arts and Photography degree pathways

Wales High School    (1997-current)             

Subject Leader Photography

Teacher of Art


MFA Indesign Workshop for Writing Art module, Sheffield Hallam University, (2016 and 2018)

MA Photoshop workshop, Sheffield Hallam University, (2013)

CPD for Primary School Teachers - Photoshop Skills, Rotherham, (2013)


Writing a Rhizomatic Self, creative-critical article published by Babel Tower Noticeboard (2020)


Read(writ)ing Words: a meandering dialogue, published by Penteract Press  (2020)

Catching Sight of the Salt Cellar, included in the Anthology Salon for a Speculative Future, edited by Monica Oechsler, published by MA Bibliotheque (2020)

 Interrupteur: Artist residency at the faculty of Humanities the University of Sheffield, (2018)


This was a two month residency working with Artists and Academics from the Humanities dept. to forge conversations and collaborations between practice and research ideas.

Artist Residency, part of the Leeds College of Art Library Intervention project, (2015)

Roland Barthes’s Party, with Roland Barthes Reading Group, published by MA Bibliotheque (Jun 2020)

Interviewed for the Penteract Poetry Podcast (Apr 2020)    

Catching sight of the Salt cellar, photographic text work, included in the group show: Salon for a Speculative Future exhibition, Chisenhale Studios, London (Mar 2020)     

Promise the infinite, ink drawing, included in group show for Prosaic II at Bloc Studios, Sheffield (Oct 2019)     

Lines that Echo, included in Sheffield Dostoyevsky Cities Anthology ed. Emma Bolland (Oct 2019)

Eco's Net: Rhizome I, ink drawing, included in group show Prosaic at Coterie Gallery, Rotherham (Jun 2019)

And And And, visual poem included in the Penteract Anthology Concrete and Constraint Anthology (Oct 2018)    

Voler: to Steal and Fly, pamphlet work published by Penteract Press (Sept 2018)     

The Desire for Haiku, with Roland Barthes Reading Group published by MA Bibliotheque (Mar 2018)   


Lines of Flight, artists book, published as part of the AMBruno [sic] project (Mar 2017)     

Reading Words, artists book, published as part of the AMBruno words project (Mar 2016)