Camille Smithwick

11th May - August 30th

Birkenhead Priory

The unseen becomes seen as a mystical procession of River Sprites reveal themselves at the ancient Priory.    Local artist Camille Smithwick has created a series of new sculptures exploring the significance of the River Mersey in the founding of Birkenhead.  Taking inspiration from folklore her characters emerge from the watery landscape, personifying the eternal flow and energy of the river that has shaped our landscape, people and culture.  The unerring force of the river pulls us like a magnet towards it; it is welcoming and bountiful yet also severe and formidable; a creator and a destroyer that reflects the duality and cyclical nature of life.  The Priory has been chosen as the setting for the exhibition due to it being the site of one of the earliest crossings across the Mersey,  the monks being early challengers of the currents and tides; whilst the adjacent Camell Laird shipyard offers a striking juxtaposition that demonstrates our continuing desire to harness the power of the river.

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Camille's Bio:

“Camille Smithwick is an artist and illustrator who lived in Manchester for too long, ran away to the wilderness of Skye then returned to her watery home of Merseyside. Working primarily in pencil, with an enhancement of paint, she creates enigmatic, character driven works whose symbolism is at once familiar yet unknown. Sometimes these characters cannot be contained by the paper and become 3D figurines grown from discarded objects and clay.  Out in the wild  Camille’s work can been found adorning the cans of Squawk Brewing Co; she has also worked with Beneficial Shock, HOME, RHS Bridgewater, The Manchester Open, The Portico Library, Bury Art Museum, Castlefield Gallery, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Skinny and NK News.”

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