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Sophie Ridsdale-Smith

Age:           22

Pronouns:   She/Her

Location:    Surrey

Arty Interests:  

I'm a fan of Modern and Contemporary art mostly, but I also have a particular interest in the power art has on peoples' mental and physical wellbeing, in bringing communities together. I also love a good old illustration.

Education:

BA History of Art, University of Leeds

MA Curating the Art Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art

Experience:

Barbican Art Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Art, London; National Trust, Hatchlands Park; Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; Bold Tendencies, London; The Tetley, Leeds

Top tip:

Be open to any opportunity offered to you, even if it isn't exactly what you want to do, you never know where it might lead you. 

Favourite artworks:

Chris Ofili
No Woman No Cry, 1998
Deeply affected by the racist attack and murder of Stephen Lawrence, Ofili painted this portrait of Lawrence's mother, Doreen.
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David Hockney
The Arrival of Spring in
Woldgate, East Yorkshire, 2011
Hockney created this series on his iPad. I love the colours and mark making he has used, creating texture. It just shows you can create beautiful works of art without paint or pencil.
Barbara Walker
Boundary II, 2000
I really feel a sense of intimacy in this painting. It is very large making the relationship between the figures central to the image.