All The Mirth That Is Made at New Art Spaces: Wigan

Posted on 15 February 2023

All The Mirth That Is Made is a mixed media installation by artist Anna FC Smith, currently on display in the windows of New Art Spaces: Wigan.

Anna FC Smith explores social history, folk culture and ritual through historical and anthropological research. Creating sculpture, installation, performance, and group actions her works emerge as multi-dimensional symbolic collages spanning eras, and forms of material culture. Touching on politics and performative space, she examines power and community, juxtaposing the ‘low culture’ and irreverence of communal tradition with the pageantry and ceremony of governance.

In this installation Smith brings together sculptural elements from past projects, recontextualising them with a new fabric banner design that calls to medieval pageants, mystery plays and performative representations of society in public space.

Address: Grand Arcade, 23 Crompton St, Wigan, WN1 1BH (Inside the mall at the former Marks & Spencer store windows)