Portrait of Dr  Karen Smith Dr Karen Smith

k.smith7@hud.ac.uk | 01484 47


Research Fellow, Mindfulness and Performance

Karen has worked within the arts sector for 26 years as a freelance director, practitioner, researcher, evaluator, facilitator, artist and mentor and in various salaried posts within arts organisations including senior arts posts at Arts Council and Head of Arts at Bristol City Council. In the early 1990s Karen was co-director of Cartwheel Community Arts and also worked with mind the…gap theatre company. Karen completed an AHRC-funded collaborative doctorate in 2010 at University of Plymouth. Her research focused on the needs of experienced artists in the south west of England and how they navigate, narrate, and negotiate their continuing professional development and practice.  Karen has developed a broad understanding and practice of mindfulness as a contemplative and artistic discipline. Karen writes, draws and walks as forms of meditative practice and often takes a line for a walk. She is currently working on research projects related to the Mindfulness and Performance project and also freelances for a number of artistic projects in the UK.