Belinda Smith & Dan Plummer: upcoming artists-in-residence

Belinda Smith, Faraway Here, 2013, custom porcelain tiles, (detail view)
Helensvale Library and Community Cultural Centre, Gold Coast City Council

Plummer and Smith is a design studio in Murwillumbah, northern New South Wales. This is a husband and wife team, with landscape architect, Dan Plummer, and public artist, Belinda Smith, working together to undertake a diverse range of projects across these fields. And supplementing their design practice, always, is their interest in art.

Belinda Smith and Dan Plummer

Outside their project based work, Plummer and Smith have also collaborated on a land art project with the nomadic artist-run-initative Tarpspace, designed furniture for urban use and are currently looking at developing some play elements for public settings. 

Belinda Smith, Lightness of Air, 2009, cast aluminium, 2009
One Airport Drive, Brisbane Airport Corporation

Belinda’s art practice focuses on ceramics, textiles, and how vernacular landscapes can inform or be represented and appropriated in art. Belinda has been commissioned to create public artworks in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. She has also exhibited in galleries such as Artisan in Brisbane, Kick Arts in Cairns, the Tweed River Art Gallery, the Textile Arts Centre in New York and Noosa Regional Art Gallery. Belinda is a member of the Norther Rivers Design Advisdrory Panel and sits on the Byron Shire Council Public Art Advisory Panel.

Dan has been working as a landscape architect for many years, bringing considerable experience to the design, delivery and management of wide range of landscape projects. He is a regular contributor to university architectural programs through the architectural design studios at Bond University and the University of Queensland. Dan is also a member of the Northern Rivers Design Advisory Panel, providing expert independent, pro-bono advice to local communities with the intention of improving the quality, and awareness of design in the built environment.

Dan Plummer, Cleave, 2013, furniture proposals 

We draw inspiration from our surroundings and from making, experimenting and observing. Our residency at Gunyah will be an opportunity to dedicate a block of time outside our project work to expeirimenting, drawing and exploring. We're looking forward to gathering, discussing, interpreting and investigating our discoveries and impressions of the natural setting at Gunyah. As a husband and wife team, we juggle our design practice around our young daughters who are two and four years old. Visiting and staying at Gunyah with our children and away from our domestic life will be a productive and fruitful experience for the whole family.

Plummer & Smith, Studio drawings and prototypes, 2013

For more information on Plummer and Smith go to their website