Media Release: Institut français d’Ecosse welcomes Scots artist, Kristian Smith, for her new solo exhibition, Impressionism


FRENCH pop star, Claude Francois – originator of the song, ‘My Way‘, known in its original form as, ‘Comme d’Habitude‘ – and Emile Zola’s novel, ‘The Masterpiece‘, are the main references for this new solo exhibition of photography and collage which reflects on fantasy and projection.

In the summer of 2013, the artist spent a month on residency in Clermont Ferrand, France, supported by David Dale Gallery, Glasgow and Artistes En Residence Clermont Ferrand, France.

The exhibition is accompanied by a film event on Tuesday 22 April (6.00 pm) at the Institut français, Edinburgh at which there will be a screening of ‘Cloclo‘ (2012), a biopic of Claude Francois’s life, directed by Florent Emilio Siri (with English subtitles).

The exhibition is supported by Creative Scotland.



Kristian Smith (lives and works in Edinburgh) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 (BA Hons Intermedia Art). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Oblique‘ at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2013), ‘Catalyst Arts‘ at Belfast Photo Festival (2013),’Anonyme Zeichner‘, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2013) and ‘Horizon Sprawl‘, Ormston House, Limerick (2012).


Image credit

Relooking‘ (2014), (digital C type photograph), Kristian Smith

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Preview: Friday 11 April, 18:00 – 20:00. In the presence of the artist. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Dates: 12 Apr – 10 May 2014. Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9.30 am – 6.30 pm / Sat 10 am – 1 pm. ADMISSION FREE


Note to Editors

- The Institut français is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.).

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