Approved: 09.09.2008

Susie MacMurray

Artist

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Approved: 09.09.2008

Susie MacMurray is a British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  A former classical musician, she retrained as an artist, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2001.  She lives in Manchester and has an international exhibition profile, showing regularly in the USA and Europe as well as the UK. 
 
An engagement with materials and with the body is at the heart

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  • Location: Cheshire, North West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: site specific, sculpture, drawing, installation, materials based
 

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    Biography

    Susie MacMurray is a British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  A former classical musician, she retrained as an artist, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2001.  She lives in Manchester and has an international exhibition profile, showing regularly in the USA and Europe as well as the UK.    An engagement with materials and with the body is at the heart of MacMurray’s practice. Her role is one of an alchemist: combining material, form and context in deceptively simple ways to stimulate both physical and cultural associations within those who encounter her work.   Working in installation and sculpture she has gained a reputation for poetic site-specific interventions in historic spaces.  Her work typically references the history of a space and merges the particularities of that history, the specifics of the site, and the meanings of materials to gain insight and raise questions about the relationship between place and people.   Drawing is an important part of MacMurray's practice. In addition to her large scale pen & ink work she extends the possibilities of making drawings using unconventional materials including rubber tubing, hair and wax. She also makes pen & ink drawings on a more intimate scale and produces sculptural wall pieces and other work for private commissions.   Susie MacMurray is represented in the UK & Europe by Merville Galleries, and in the USA & Canada by Danese Corey, New York.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2001 - MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

     

    Solo exhibitions

    2016 - Susie MacMurray, Danese Corey, New York

    2013 - Walking on the Rim of Night,  Danese Corey, New York
    2013 - Siren, Thomas Williams Fine Art,  Old Bond Street, London
    2012 - Resonance,  Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, UK
    2011 - The Eyes of the Skin,  Agnews Gallery, Albermarle Street, London
    2010 - Widow,  Platt Hall, Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery of Costume
    2009 - Lost & Found,  The Gallery Space, Islington Mill, Salford
    2009 - Widow,  Queens Hall, Hexham, Northumberland
    2008 - Drawn,  UH Galleries, University of Hartfordshire
    2004 - Caryatids,  Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
    2004 - Flock,  Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

    Selected group exhibitions

    2016 - Chance and Order, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

    2015 - Watershed, Hall Place, Bexley Heritage Trust

    2014 - Summer Exhibition – Danese Corey, New York

    2014 - Finding the Value – York St. Mary’s, York, UK

    2014 - Winfield House, (American Ambassadors Residence) Regent’s Park, London, UK

    2013 - Summer Exhibition,  Royal Academy of Arts, London

    2013 - Beastly Hall,  Hall Place, Bexley, - Artwise Curators for Bexley Heritage Trust
    2012 - Sculptor's Drawings,  Pangolin, London
    2012 - Unnatural 'Natural History',  Coates & Scarey/RWA, Bristol
    2011 - Compulsive Obsessive Repetitive,  Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
    2011 - Platform,  Agnews Gallery, Albermarle Street, London
    2011 - The House of Beasts,  Meadow Arts for the National Trust, Attingham Park, Shropshire
    2011 - The Power of Making,  Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    2011 - Wedded Perfection,  Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica NY, USA
    2010 - Aware: Art Fashion Identity,  GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy, London
    2010 - Dead or Alive,  Museum of Art & Design, New York
    2010 - The Wedding Dress,  Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio USA
    2009 - Object as Muse,  Crafts Council, Touring Exhibition, Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
    2009 - Re-Addressing Identities,  Katonah Museum of Art, NY, USA
    2009 - Salon09,  Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner St, London
    2009 - Upcycling,  Museum of Architecture & Design, Los Angeles, California, USA
    2008 - Body Space,  Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
    2008 - Second Lives - Remixing the Ordinary,  Museum of Art and Design, New York
    2008 - The Baltic Frame,  Arena Gallery, Liverpool Biennial Independents
    2005 - Knit 2 Together,  Crafts Council Galleries, London
    2004 - Air,  Vespolate and Novara, Italy
    2004 - Robe / Rêve : Rêve de Robe,  Musee des Beaux-Arts, Calais, France
    2003 - Thermo 03,  The Lowry, Salford

    Live/Performance

    2012 - Pandamonium,  WWF event, curated by Artwise, Hyde Park, London

    Corporate commissions

    2013 - Chorus,  Medius House, London
    2010 - Frangetta,  Consorzio Venezia Nuova, Spazio Thetis, Venice, Italy

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2011 - Northern Art Prize, nominated
    2010 - Travel Grant, British Council, New York
    2008 - Professional Development award, The Arts Council England, Manchester
    2007 - Nominated Northern Art Prize
    2006 - Abbey Harris Mural Fund Award, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
    2005 - Shortlisted, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
    2003 - Shortlisted, Crosby Homes Art Prize, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

    Site specific

    2015 - Halo - York Art Gallery

    2015 - Cloud, Winchester Great Hall

    2013 - Resonance,  Fabrica, Brighton, UK

    2012 - Stratum,  Islington Mill, Salford

    2010 - Promenade,  Kedleston Hall, National Trust, Derbyshire

    2009 - Here Come the Girls,  Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
    2009 - Tempus Mutatum,  Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
    2008 - Miasma,  Florence Nightingale Museum, London
    2006 - Echo,  York St Mary's, York Museums Trust, York
    2006 - Shell,  Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 2004 - Argus, Firstsite, Colchester