Karen Smith

Karen Smith, BA English / Fine Art

Exeter was one of the few places offering a combined practical art degree with an English literature one.

The different land and sea and influences on my practice, meeting new people, developing my creativity - although that was mostly outside of the university!

Ongoing - I am a freelance arts consultant working in the cultural industries.

Nov 2012-Feb 2014. RESEARCH FELLOW, AHRC CONNECTED COMMUNITIES, Exploring Cultural Intermediation in the Creative Urban Economy.

March 2010- Nov 2012. Arts Council England RELATIONSHIP MANAGER / SENIOR MANAGER, VISUAL ARTS.

2001 – 2010. FREELANCE ARTS CONSULTANT working in the cultural industries
June 2001 – Dec 2001. North West Arts Board TEMPORARY PARTICIPATION AND NEW AUDIENCES OFFICER.

April 1997 – June 2001. Yorkshire Arts COMBINED ARTS OFFICER

Sept 1995 – April 1997. Yorkshire Arts PLANNING OFFICER (Access)

Sept 1992 – Sept 1995. Cartwheel Community Arts DIRECTOR

1990 - 1992 mind the…gap Arts Administrator
DARTS (Doncaster Arts Project) Arts Administrator
NATIONAL TRUST, Devon Visual Arts Worker
SPACEX Art Gallery, Exeter Voluntary Assistant Manager

Having a BA is useful. I've since done a PhD and have found that that and my long work experience in the sector now takes precedent over the BA, but certainly early on, it helped.

Work hard, don't give up, don't let people tell you what's creative and what isn't. Forge your own path, understand that not knowing is sometimes very difficult, but ultimately may bring out the best way.

I am currently working on a new direction and creative practice.