Diana Baker Smith is an artist and academic. Her research interests include performance, social practice, radical pedagogy, artist-led historiographies and transnational feminisms.
Diana is a founding member of artist led collective Barbara Cleveland. Since 2007 she has worked with Barbara Cleveland members (Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley) to develop live performances, video installations and site-responsive projects. Their work has been exhibited in the 20th Biennale of Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), as well as in galleries and museums in New Zealand the UK, Seoul, the USA, Indonesia and Greece. Their works are held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Diana is completing her PhD at UNSW Art & Design, researching re-enactment, feminism and the historiographies of performance art. Her work has been published in Artlink, Realtime, Oberon, Un Magazine, Live Art Almanac and Performance Paradigm. She has been a director and board member of Firstdraft Gallery, Quarterbred and Runway Magazine.
In 2016 Diana was awarded an Australia Council residency at ACME studios in London, where she will spend the latter half of 2017 researching the histories of the feminist art movement in the UK.