About

Fife-based sculptor Marion Smith focuses on making site-specific commissions that embody a considered understanding of their context. Working mostly in granite and bronze, her practice also incorporates drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

The things that make places unique, including their topography and history are key to developing her ideas. Research, consultation and community engagement are integral to her public artworks. When realising projects she undertakes as much of the work as possible, and where appropriate she will sub-contract specialists, with whom she has developed trusted partnerships. Marion has work permanently sited around the UK from Scalloway in Shetland to Southampton. Her first public commissions were in 1994.

The work she makes for a gallery context informs her public commissions and vice versa, leading to the realisation of ambitious, unique and experimental works.

Marion has built up a wide range of experience to draw upon: managing sculpture facilities, arranging and hanging exhibitions, working as a technician, and teaching. She has run numerous community workshops to complement exhibitions and inform commissions. Through her practice she explores the possibilities of a broad variety of materials, using traditional processes in innovative ways.

Marion has been an active member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture since 1998. She served as its first female Secretary from 2012-18. She convened RSA New Contemporaries in 2021. Her work is held in significant public collections including St Andrews University, the University of Dundee and the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.

Please get in touch to ask questions or discuss your project at info@marionsmithsculptor.co.uk or using the form on the contact page. Please also download Marion Smith’s CV for further detail.