Sculptures at Bayside Art Festival in Kyeemagh

Sculptures at Bayside Art Festival in Kyeemagh
Point of Departure collaborative installation with Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken

Pilgrim's Progress at Harbour Sculpture Prize


Pilgrim's Progress by Bernadette Smith and Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken at the Harbour Sculpture Prize. When people believed the Earth was flat sailors thought if they sailed beyond the known sea they could fall off the edge of the world. This collaborative mixed-media work honours the brave seafarers from many cultures, both Pacific and European who ventured across unknown oceans to reach new lands.

Point of Departure at Art Crawl during O Week


An installation by Bernadette Smith and Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken at the University of Sydney

Waterline at Beams Festival 2016


My OHP live projections and video Waterline were projected on a building and road at Dick Street Chippendale for the 2016 Beams Festival. I had created a semi-immersive installation exploring impacts of the Anthropocene. More info here http://beamsfestival.com.au/whats-on/artistic-works/bernadette-smith/

Sawmiller's Sculpture prize

Bernadette Smith and Dr Mark Elliot-Ranken upcoming Sawmiller's Sculpture prize entry at McMahon's Point in September 2016

Redfern Biennale 2016

My temporal guerrilla art intervention at the Redfern Biennale which included 'readymades, sculpture, multi media, new media, painting, found object, anything and everything placed along Walker Street, Redfern between Cooper and Redfern Streets'.

Vanishing Shore at Crown Street Mall Wollongong part of Nocturnal Arts 2016


Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken transform the exterior of a Wesley sandstone church into 'Vanishing Shore' a Climate Change performance/installation at Wollongong's Nocturnal Arts Festival when the sun goes down on the 25th, 26th and 27th February and the 3rd, 4th and 5th March 2016.


It was created for Wollongong Council's 2016 Nocturnal Arts Festival outside Wesley Church in Crown Street Mall and brings together scientific, political and religious thoughts about climate change and water security. 


Passersby were given an apocalyptic vision of a precarious world with unsafe drinking water, compromised food supply and ocean inundation based on actual data modelling. Performed by Bernadette Smith and Mark Elliot-Ranken. Created by artist Bernadette Smith. 'Vanishing Shore' at Nocturnal Arts Festival trailer link here.

Pool Rules art installation at Articulate Project Space


My art installation investigates the issue of ableism or discrimination against less able bodied swimmers in public pools. In a throwback to the Nazi era elite swimmers are often unfairly privileged while those with injuries, disabilities or older swimmers struggle for equal access. This artwork highlights such social inequality and presents a protest banner, photographic documentation and actual email correspondence between a less able bodied swimmer and pool management. The installation also includes portraits of people randomly selected from the street who were asked to pose in front of this banner to be part of the exhibition if they agreed with its message.



Precariat Billboard street art intervention exhibited at Articulate Project Space

One of my Precariat Bilboards (street art interventions consisting of repurposed abandoned shopping trolleys) became part of an accidental art collaboration of found and made objects exhibited by Linden Braye at Articulate Space. The bricolage installation is seen here with Barbara Halnan's work in the foreground at the Have Your Say end of year group show. What a great way to end 2015!

Review of the show can be seen here http://rochfordstreetreview.com/2016/01/21/visceral-art-and-political-voids-bernadette-smith-reviews-refuge-have-your-say-at-verge-gallery-articulate-project-space/

Precariat Billboards - a series of temporal site specific works


Using abandoned shopping trolleys in Sydney streets I upcycle them to state facts about Australia’s invisible underclass rarely mentioned in the mainstream media. I then document this urban bricollage in situ both as photographs and as filmed performance pushing it up and down the street until a point of exhaustion is reached where it is finally left as an art intervention on the side of the road (in this case Edgeware Road, Enmore). See work-in-progress film here https://vimeo.com/150654794

"The value of what we discard, conceal and detain outlines the border of our collective culture. Thus the artist’s gesture of displaying a work of art in public space becomes one of defiance and generosity. In doing so, it confounds Duchamp’s exhortation to indifference to the aesthetics or origin of an object – it enforces direct interaction with the situation of appearance and context. Destructions should take place more rapidly.” YELLAM NRE,  2014. (Accessed Nov 2015 from Clusterfuck Aesthetics http://damienmintongallery.blogspot.com.au)


Leichardt Council commissions artists to present another side to the seat of power during Leichardt Fringe Festival


For the inaugural Subliminal Artist Trail, Jay from Leichardt Council, helps attach my digital mural of a mass protest held on Sydney’s main street during the 2015 Leichardt Fringe Festival. Temporary art installations located in the civic precinct were curated by Bronwyn Tuohy to present another side to the seat of power. The idea behind my work is that citizens can experience a kind of collective empowerment in reclaiming their streets as part of the community commons which is particularly prescient in light of growing community opposition to Westconnex freeway.