Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST UAP Studio, Belinda Smith
ARCHITECT Fairweather Proberts Architects
DESIGN UAP Studio, Belinda Smith
CONSTRUCTION UAP Workshop, Hutchinson Builders
A new combined residential and commercial development, called ‘Iceworks’, was built on the site of an old inner city ice works factory. Decorative, laser cut, aluminum screens were designed to shelter an internal food market from the harsh afternoon sun and enliven the façade as a prominent feature of the busy streetscape. The screen design was inspired by the passion fruit vine, providing an aesthetic link to the fresh food market.
Belinda Smith is a cross disciplinary artist and designer. Craft techniques are central to her art practice as she draws connections between domestic objects or vernacular landscapes, and our association with memory and experiences. Ceramics and a long interest in textiles underpin her practice where she often combines and experiments with materials and processes.
Through her public artworks Belinda seeks to form connections with the artworks context both environmentally and socially. The result is site and project specific responses to architecture, landscape and history through observations of the natural and domestic environment.
Belinda’s studies include a diploma of Interior Design at RMIT in Melbourne and a Bachelor of Product Design at the Queensland College of Art. She has extensive experience with art in the public realm- from both a design and construction point of view and as a conceptual artist. She worked as a Lead Designer at UAP from 2006-2010 and now works independently as an artist and freelance designer. Belinda has been commissioned for a number of public artworks in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong and has been exhibited in galleries such as Artisan in Brisbane and the Tweed River Art Gallery.