Aaron Smyth is a Visual Artist and Co-Founder of Gum Collective and Tonal Press.  His work explores Relations, Difficulty, Emotion and Gender. He explores the dynamics and dualities of ‘lived experience’, through figurative depictions which move between real and emotional/psychological landscapes, all of which are carefully crafted to create layered narratives for the audience to explore and engage. These artworks are intended to act as a framework for the viewer to give form to their feelings.

Aaron has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and his work is held in both Private and State Collections. // //

Awards / Residencies

2016 // DFA Travel Grant
2015 // Graphic Studio Graduate Award, 1st Prize.
2015 // RHA Group Studio Residency.
2015 // Black Church Print Studio Group Residency.
2015 // Nominated in Top 50 ‘People of Print’ International Graduates.
2015 // Mary Cawley Travel Bursary.
2014 // Irish Representative for the 2014 European Artist Book Biennale, Moscow.
2014 // Artist representative of NCAD at Kuntspodium-T: Apprentice/Master Conference.
2013 // Black Church Undergraduate Award.
2013 // Selected for 9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP, USA.



Upcoming :

2018 // Dialogue (Диалог) , Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow. RUS
2017 // 136th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast. NI
2017 //  Silk Road, Shaanxi Museum, Xi’an. CHN

2017 // Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area, Studio 6 Temple Bar Gallery & Studio. IRE
2017 // D24: A users manual, RUARED, Tallaght. IRE
2017 // 187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. IRE
2017 // Distorted Perspectives, Letterkenny RCC, Letterkenny. IRE
2017 // Fair is Foul, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Dublin. IRE
2017 // Soft, Bell-Table, Limerick. IRE
2017 // Fresh Print, Graphic Studio Dublin. IRE
2017 // Young III, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin. IRE
2017 // The Idea of North, So Fine Art Editions, Dublin. IRE

2016 // Leg Over Soil, MART Gallery. Dublin. IRE
2016 // GUM, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Studio 6. Dublin. IRE
2016 // Printed Matter, The Connacht Tribune Printworks. Galway. IRE
2016 // Summer Show, SO Fine Art Editions. Dublin. IRE
2016 // GSD Group Show, MOK Gallery. Dębeca. POL
2016 // Signs & Memory, Federal State Institution of Culture. Moscow. RUS
2016 // YOUNG II, So Fine Art Editions. Dublin. IRE
2016 // At the Carwash, Hendrons Building, Dublin. IRE
2016 // 100 Minds, The Loft, South Studios. Dublin. IRE
2016 // Gum Collective, RHA Gallery, Dublin. IRE
2016 // Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE

2015 // 134th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast. NI
2015 // Halftone, TLP, Dublin, IRE
2015 // Limerick Printmakers Annual, The Lime Three, Limerick, IRE
2015 // Quantum Leap, Foundation15, Offaly, IRE
2015 // Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Graphic Studio Summer Exhibition, Dublin. IRE
2015 // RDS Graduate Award Exhibition, Royal Dublin Society. IRE
2015 // St. Patricks Graduate Exhibition, St. Patricks Hospital, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Roscommon. IRE
2015 // More than one maker, IMMA, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Graduate Exhibition, National College of Art and Design, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Beyond the Image, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg. NL
2015 // Alumni Exhibition, Belvedere House, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Documentary Screening, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. IRE

2014 // Pull Bite Rally; Documentary Screening, Harry Clarke, NCAD, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Traces, The Library Project, Dublin. IRE
2014 // The European Artist Book Biennale, Federal State Institution of Culture. Moscow. RUS
2014 // National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London. UK
2014 // Under Compulsion, Steam Box Gallery, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Collision, Mabos, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Kultur als Ware und Wirtschaftsfaktor, Westwerk, Leipzig. DE
2014 // GUM Vol. 1, NCAD Student Galley, Dublin. IRE

2013 // Ecce Homo, Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE
2013 // 9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP, CT. UST
2013 // Proof it, The Library Project, Dublin. IRE
2013 // End of Year Print Show, The Culture Box, Dublin. IRE
2013 // International Miniature Print Exhibition, Bendheim Gallery, Connecticut. USA
2013 // Minus One, Emmett House, Dublin. IRE
2013 // Subconscious, The Joinery, Dublin. IRE
2013 // Unconscious, NCAD Student Gallery, Dublin. IRE


2015 // BA, First Class Honours, Fine Art Printmaking, National College of Art and Design. IRE
2008 // City & Guilds Diploma, New Media Technology College. IRE

Outreach & Demonstrations

2017 // Artist Curator, D24 A Users Manual, RUARED.
2017 // Screen Print Workshop, Deansrath and Killinarden Community Colleges, RUA RED.
2017 // Co-Director, Tallaght Young Filmakers. RUARED.
2017 // Monoprint Access Workshop, Mounttown Community School, IADT.

2016 // Lithography Demonstration, Мастерская и галерея печатной графики ЛИТО.
2016 // Culture Night Open Studio, Argus House, Blackpitts.
2016 // ‘Verbal Visual’ Panel Discussion, Maxwell Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.

2015 // Friends of the RHA Lecture; Gum Collective, RHA School.
2015 // NCAD Professional Practice Lecture Series; Gum Collective, RHA School.

2014 // Drypoint tutorial, Belvedere College S.J.
2014 // NCAD Access Programme, Student Mentor, National College of Art and Design.

2013 // NCAD Student Mentoring Programme, Student Mentor, NCAD.
2013 // Culture Night Lithography demo, Black Church Print Studio.
2013 // Access day Drypoint tutorial, National College of Art and Design.

2009 // Volunteer Art Teacher, Youth Reach Dublin City Centre North.


‘Piel’  //  Digital Printed, Perfect Bound Artist Publication. Edition of 20.
Available Soon

Fair is Foul, Bunny Collective Vol II // Magazine
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Black Lines //  Xerox print on Tracing paper with collage. Edition of 20.
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‘The studio’ By Aimee Gallagher // Silk Screen And Digital Collage. Edition of 10
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’10Knots 1Thread’ By Sofya Mikhaylova // Digitally printed and hand stitched. Edition of 40.
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Untitled, James Bennett // Limited run Xerox Zine, Distributed in London Paris and Dublin.


’Irrelevance’ By Sadbh O’Brien // Digitally printed with Matt finish. Edition of 20.

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’Green Notebook’ By Ciara O’Brien // Digitally printed. Edition of 20.
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GUM // Digitally printed edition of 300 sponsored by Black Church Print Studios and NCAD Gallery.

GUM Volume. 2 // Digitally printed edition of 30.
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GUM Volume. 1 // Silkscreened edition of 3.

Trinity Misc // Magazine