Terry Smith



Artist, Curator


Terry Smith (circa 1956) made in London, lives in Folkestone. In 2008, Smith was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award. He is known for his cut outs into the plaster of walls, mainly in derelict buildings and spaces. Smith notably held the keys to the Tate Turbine hall, during the refurbishment in 1996 having been given permission to create his work in the walls and spaces of the building that was to become Tate Modern. Only the staff at the Tate and a few invitees were permitted access to the works areas inside the Turbine Hall and other areas of the building site to see Smith's work. Images of these works at Tate Modern were later shown at the South London Gallery in July–August 1996 for a group show called Inside Bankside. Smith was permitted to create the same cut out works at the British Museum CAPITAL 1995. Smith had his first major retrospective Parallax at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton from December 2011–January 2012. Other works of note were The Foundling, a video-audio installation commissioned by Gill Hedley as part of the Foundling Museum’s contemporary art programme. Smith has exhibited extensively in the UK and South America—including at Instituto de Artes, Porte Alegre, Brazil, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela and Museo X-Tersea, Mexico City. Solo Exhibitions include Fault Line, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (1999), Marking Time, Lux Gallery, London (2000) and One thing leads to another, Studio 1.1, London (2004).

Adaped from Terry Smith, 2024

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