I am fascinated by painting and the endless possibilities it offers me working idiosyncratically and highly intuitively with its textures, transparency, opacity and surface.
My early work is based on the experience of landscape but more recent work explores a more diverse range of themes relating to the concept of memory. I often make my own paint from raw pigments and is interested in traditional painting processes.
My research interests stem from her PhD study (University of Wales 2008) into the creative processes of 5 contemporary painters. I became interested in the numerous sites involved in the production of painting and devised a conceptual framework for the creative process that locates the notion of 'psychological Resonance' in relation to artworks. This research led to a collaborative practice with the artist film maker Karen Heald. Together they are working on a research project with two consultant psychiatrists in Wales. The title of this project is In-between-ness: Using art to capture the changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. It involves artists working creatively with patients who use video to create artworks for exhibition. The project also provides data for analytical research into notions of self during the treatment of depression. read full statement
2002-2008 PhD University of Wales
1991-1994 Postgraduate Diploma in Painting, Royal Academy Schools, London, 1st class thesis
1986-1989 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, 2:1
1885-1986 Foundation Certificate in Art and Design, Chester College of Further Education
2006 Harris Manchester College Fellowship, University of Oxford
1994 Space Studios Artists Awards: One years tenure of a London artist’s studio (94-95), followed by an exhibition at the Raw Gallery, London
1994 The Cyril Sweet Award for Painting
1994 The Haite Travelling Scholarship awarded by the Royal Academy Schools
1993 The Royal Academy Schools Prize for Printmaking
1989 The Margaret Bryan Scholarship awarded by Nottingham Trent University
1986 West Cheshire College of Further Education Award for Art Student of the Year
2013 In-between-ness exhibition of video performance / installations, video stills and paintings from the artist’s response to the In-between-ness project, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales (6th September – 4th November, 2013), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.
2013 Helfa Gelf/Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales (6th– 29th September 2013).
2013 In-between-ness: Us ing ar t to capture the changes to the self during ant idepre ssant treatment collaborative exhibition of video installations, video stills, paintings and artist books as part of the Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK, (2nd - 5th July, 2013) Karen Heald, Susan Liggett Rob Poole, Richard Tranter & participants.
2013 In-between-ness video stills / installations and paintings from the collaborative exhibition as part of the Inbetween-
ness R&D project at Bangor Hospital, (11th January – 23rd February, 2013) Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon, UK, Karen Heald, Susan Liggett & participants.
2012 Helfa Gelf /Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales (7th– 30th September 2012).
2012 Videoformes film screening and live performance event in Trinty Church, Salford live streamed to Maison du Peuple, Clermont-Ferrand, France (15th March 2012).
2010 Visualising the Invisible, Durber Gallery & Caitrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, in collaboration with Karen Heald, Arts Council of Wales, Safle and the NHS in relation to an Artist Residency in the Ablett Psychiatric Unit in North Wales.
2010 Film to Change A selection of short films on the subject of mental health. White film screened as part of the Film to Change series Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall (16th November 2010) in collaboration with Karen Heald.
2010 She dreamed of... part of Film to Change, Leeds International Film Festival. A series of events, screenings and exhibitions exploring mental health and film Leeds Town Hall, (Nov 8th-Nov 17th 2010) in collaboration with Karen Heald.
2009 Liggett, S & Heald, K White' & 'Blue Instituto Cervantes, Manchester
2009 Liggett, S & Heald, K, Artist Residency, collaborations with patients and art works, Glan Clwyd NHS Hospital, N. Wales.
2013 Helfa Gelf/Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham,
Wales (6th– 29th September 2013).
2012 PlaySerious participation in a two-day event for practitioner-researchers, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK (13th – 14th September 2012), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.
2012 Selbstportraits – nur ich?,. Kunsthauschen Herrliberg, Switzerland
2005 On the Brink, Galeria Sukiennice, Krakow, Poland
2005 Borderlands , Exhibition and exhibition catalogue, Galeria Bielsko, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
2005 Ways of Looking in Something Light: Notes on Abstraction, exhibition catalogue and exhibition, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University
2004 Water Paintings, One Person Show, Gallery Sycharth Glyndwr University
2003 Red Door Studio selected artists, Red Door Studio, London
1999 Susan L:iggett, Niki Nemec and Kwai Lau New Paintings, The Hart Gallery, London
1998 One person show downstairs at the Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
1997 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1996 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1996 Eros 1, Coventry Gallery, Old Street, London
1996 One person show, The Smiths Gallery, London
1995 The Tavistock Clinic, London
1995 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1995 Raw Gallery Space Awards, London
1994 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1994 Contemporary Arts Society, Royal Festival Hall, London
1994 Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London
1994 Royal Academy Schools Diploma Show, London
1993 Royal Academy Schools Interim Show, Sotherby’s, London
Heald, K., & Liggett, S. (2013) Time and the chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In:Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B. ed. Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience. Frankfurt am Main, Peter
Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA
2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University, pp.381-388.
Heald, K., Liggett, S., Tranter, R. & Poole, R (2012) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self
during antidepressant treatment. In: Proceedings of The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) 12th Biennial Conference: Art, Science and Society: Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters, November 8-10, 2012, Vienna, Austria. Vienna, University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte).
2011 Conference seminar Visualising the Invisible: Manifestations in Arts and Science Collaborations, Northern Arts and Science Network Conference 2011: DIALOGUES (19th March 2011), The Rose Bowl, Leeds, in collaboration with Karen Heald, Dr Richard Tranter & Prof Rob Poole.
2010 Conference paper Visualising the Invisible: Arts and Science Collaboration presented as part of the Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition (21 – 24 April 2010) at Columbia College, Chicago, USA, in collaboration with Karen Heald, Prof Rob Poole and Dr Richard Tranter.
2010 Conference paper Visualising the Invisible: Artists work in mental health presented as part of the Capturing the Patient Experience (21 June 2010) at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, in collaboration with Karen Heald, Prof Rob Poole and Dr Richard Tranter.
2009 Conference Paper Horizons and Timelines presented as part of the ESA Research Network, Sociology for the Arts, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal ‘European Society or European Societies’ (2 - 5 September 2009) in collaboration with Karen Heald and Professor Paul Haywood
2009 Conference Paper Artist Residency: Psychiatric Unit presented as part of the ESA Research Network Sociology for the Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal ‘European Society or European Societies’ (2 – 5 September 2009) in collaboration with Dr Susan Liggett.
2006 MIRIAD Conference on Practice Based Research – presentation on “The relationship between the practice of painting and writing a PhD”, MMU Manchester.
2005 MIRIAD Conference on Practice Based Research – Chaired group discussions and feedback. Poster presentation, MMU Manchester
2005 Borderlands” contributed to exhibition catalogue, ISBN 0946881316
2004 ‘Syniad Da’ ARHC Presented a Paper “Practice Based Research In Art Media and Design: Issues in training and supervision” University of Wales Newport
2012 Publication Play Serious following participation in a two-day event for practitioner-researchers, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK (13th – 14th September 2012), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett. www.playserious.info.
2011 Online catalogue Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation following a group exhibition at the Serra dei Giardini and the Contemporary Art Galleria Perela, Venice (15th -30th September 2011) Karen Heald & Susan Liggett (pages 21 & 51),
2005 Borderlands” contributed to exhibition catalogue, ISBN 0946881316
2002 Ways of Looking in Something Light: Notes on Abstraction”, contributed to exhibition catalogue, ISBN 0 94688 120 1
Membership of Professional Bodies
2002-present membership Higher Education Academy
1995-present Freeman of Company Worshipful Company of Painters
1996-present Freeman of City of London, Guildhall of London
1994-present Royal Academy Alumni, Royal Academy of Arts
2013 In-between-ness: Using art to capture a sense of self, interview with David Williams on Community & Charity Focus, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio, October 10, 2013, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.
2013 Talking Art & Mental Health, interview with Denise Oliver on Feed Me, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio,March 5, 2013, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.