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Megan Georgia Smith (born 1999) is an artist from Aldershot, Hampshire. Her work documents and explores class, youth culture, and the condition of being human. Often, her work is autobiographical, drawing upon her own social and cultural surroundings for inspiration. Artworks of Megan's have been exhibited in galleries such as The Mall Gallery (July 2017), Aspex Gallery (as part of the Platform Graduate Award 2020 exhibition) and at Tate Britain (December 2021).


Artist Statement

My creative practice is mainly centred around painting and sculpture. These works are often inspired by my life experiences, thoughts, and imaginations which are heavily influenced by my connection to working-class youth subculture through growing up and living in industrial, working-class towns, and cities. 

My paintings eulogize a modern-day, working-class society (something that I feel is lacking in contemporary art) with purpose of glorifying its citizens yet highlighting their struggles. I always overemphasize the forms, behaviours, and fashions of my figures, often playing upon stereotypes of British working-class folk and young people. I do this because these are who I feel I most identify with in society as a 23-year-old from working-class roots. By amplifying these stereotypes, I attempt to illustrate my dark sense of humour, mocking, and playing up to the idea that every working-class/ young person can be identified this way (when of course - they cannot).


Exhibitions / Residencies


New Tate Modern exhibition, Tate Modern, London


Student Submissions, Mall Gallery, London 



Solent University Fine Art Exhibition, Herbert Collins Building, Southampton


Docked, Guildhall Square, Southampton

Made in Southampton, Re:So, Southampton

Fire in the Swimming Pool, Pocko Gallery, London

Megan Georgia Smith, The Art House, Southampton



Solent Fine Art Degree Show (Virtual Exhibition), Southampton

Platform Graduate Award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

Ripe Tomatoes, The Alfred Arcade (Virtual Exhibition), Southampton

Arts Open Exhibition, Culture on Call, West End Centre (Virtual Exhibition), Aldershot

The Social Distance Art Project 2020, TSDAP (Virtual Exhibition)


Power To Us, Yellow Edge Gallery, Gosport

This is Not a Show, Working Class Creatives Database (Virtual Exhibition)

ArtHelix: Life Interrupted - Painting during the Pandemic, SHIM Art Network, Artsy (Virtual Exhibition)

Ripe Tomato Catch-Up, Alfred Arcade, Southampton

Arts Open Exhibition, Culture on Call, West End Centre, Aldershot

Space 2 Create, The Hidden Wardrobe, Southampton

Platform Alumni Residency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (Dec '21 - March '22)

Life Between Islands, Late at Tate Britain, Tate Britain, London


Platform Alumni Residency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 

BY THE SKIN OF YOUR TEETH!, The Hidden Wardrobe, Southampton


Grad Race, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset



 Exhibition Marketing and Promotion (Internship), Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton


Gallery Assistant, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton

Local Digital Artist, Serious Violence Summit for Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton City Council

Art Box Preparation for Collaborative Project ‘Art boxes to go’, Southampton City Council and Solent University

Online Exhibition Curator for Graduate Showcase 2020, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton

2021 - 2023

      Assistant Facilitator @ The Agency, Energise Me, Southampton

Freelance Learning Facilitator @ The Lightbox, Woking

Freelance Artist Educator Learning and Engagement @ Watts Gallery Artist Village, Guildford 

Gallery Assistant @ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (2023)



FHES Art and Design Award


Southampton Solent University

First Class Honors Degree -  BA Fine Art (2017-2020)


Farnborough Sixth Form College

A-Levels (2015-2017)

Fine Art, Graphic Design, English Literature (Grades A-B)

Farnham Heath End School

11 GCSE's including English and Maths (Grades A*- C)

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