A detailed insight into the development and realisation of Keir Smith's practice and his work as a teacher. 

Keir Smith (1950-2007) studied at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (1969-73) and Chelsea School of Art, London (1973-75). He exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and completed many commissions for sculptures for public and landscape sites in the 1980s and 90s, including Grizedale Forest, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henrietta House, London (Public Art Development Trust) and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. He lived and worked in London and Suffolk, teaching at Wimbledon College of Art.

The Keir Smith archive is extensive and comprehensive, comprising of sketchbooks, drawings, correspondence, photographs, published works and texts, slides, exhibition publicity materials, a selection of Smith's personal books and source materials.

The sketchbooks, of which there is a complete set of 121 dating from c. 1965 - 2007, contain a wealth of information including notes, sketches and references. There are also over 350 sketches and paintings by the artist.

His work is recorded in detail in photographs and slides, including many images of works when exhibited. These are completed by papers and correspondence relating to exhibitions and commissions. His teaching at Wimbledon College of Art is also documented in the form of teaching notes and correspondence.

The exhibition Keir Smith: From Wall to Floor (Sculpture Study Galleries, 21st March 2013 - 23rd June 2013) was curated to celebrate the acquisition of Keir Smith's archive in 2012. The exhibition used materials from the archive together with works on paper and sculptures by Keir Smith, which now also form part of the Leeds Museums and Galleries Sculpture Collection.