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Visual/forensic artist, PhD researcher, Liverpool John Moores University

Kathryn Smith (Liverpool John Moores University/Stellenbosch University) is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at LJMU School of Art and Design's Face Lab. Her PhD project 'Laws of the Face' explores practices and attitudes to depicting the postmortem face. She holds an MAFA (Wits) and MSc Forensic Art (Dundee) and a senior lectureship at Stellenbosch University (extended sabbatical). Widely published in the fields of visual art and curatorial practice, she is currently co-investigator on 'Poisoned Pasts', a collaborative multimedia research project exploring the visual potential of the Project Coast archives. Developed in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the University of Exeter, it will be launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in October 2016.


  • 2015–present
    PhD researcher, graduate teaching assistant, Liverpool John Moores University
  • 2015–present
    PhD researcher, Liverpool John Moores University
  • 2006–present
    Senior lecturer, Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Visual/forensic artist, PhD researcher
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Chevening scholar (2012/2013); Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2004 (Visual Art); Sasol New Signatures winner (1999)