Alan Smith

In 2019 I took up the challenge to reclaim good health, breathing had become more problematic and I believed the introduction of routine walks would be beneficial, so with my dog Norman I set off on daily walks with intervals set by my body’s requirements to occasionally rest for around one minute and take a breath. As time moved on those moments of standing still increased in significance, emphasising the magnitude of all I was seeing and the corresponding sounds, the seemingly inconsequential had been stirred.

Alan Smith - Searching for the Perseids from planet Cow Green



Alan Smith, Saulius Leonavicius  - THE DARK BALTIC, LITHUANIA

Alan Smith, John Bowers


Artist and co-founder of ACA.


A symbiosis exists between Alan's practice and the creation and delivery of ACA's residential projects. Operating as a participant/observer he is steered by subjects he has little understanding of. Playing with conventions of perceived or accepted truths and realities he creates live events, performance and audio/video installations using
appropriated and created texts.


In an on-going series, Parameter, Alan established conditions for people to share experiences. Rules were set that corresponded to a venues physical attributes and social function, essential to parameter speaking was not permitted. 

Lithuania - Nida Art Colony and Vilnius Academy of Arts

New Zealand - Looking into southern Skies A research trip through Tim Brennan and Massey college of creative arts, Wellington which included trips to the Carter Observatory in Wellington, Canterbury University, department of Astronomy and Physics and Mount John Observatory at Lake Tekapo.  

CHTHONIC In April 2017, Alan led 2 artists John Bowers and Louise K Wilson and engineer Peter Mathews into Smallcleough mine to spend three days and three nights underground in the disused lead mine for an experimental project entitled Chthonic. Immersed in the slow geological time of  exposed mineral accretions, the mine shapes the senses with its varying densities: distinct acoustic spaces have been created as tangible as the visible/ physical ‘deadends’ and crawl spaces that condition the speed and posture of walking. 


They navigated through the tunnels of the Mine (at Nenthead in the North Pennines), and settled into the vast limestone cavern called The Ballroom (so-called because of an event that took place a hundred years earlier).


The four were challenged with existing in the extreme subterranean environment for 72 hours and on the third day visitors – accompanied by licensed mine guides journeyed in to meet them.

Alan Smith, John Bowers, Peter Mathews,  Louise K Wilson - CHTHONIC

‘TENEBROUS’ Into the Darkness – Beneath the light

John Bowers & Alan Smith SANCTUARY

John and Alan ventured beneath the surface of Palnure Burn to create a sound and moving image installation. This process led project was developed from their continued research into transformed perception and experience in sites of specific interest.


Through this, they created a multi-faceted work which explored many concerns including the mythic character of running water and its spectral dwellers, reflection and illusion, the act of immersion, as well as the collision of contemporary image, sound and mobile technologies with a classical element.


The ideas remains under development and progressed through Chthonic

Thanks to Saulius Leonavicius for participating in my Baltic sea experiments. 

Alan Smith, John Bowers - TENEBROUS - GALOWAY