Approved: 16.08.2006

Susan Williams MRBS

Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Event organiser, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work with site responsive installation, video, photography and numerous media.  My work takes the form of energy fields unexpectedly made visible, with a core theme of renewal, linking to environmental issues and spirituality in its broadest sense.  

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    Biography

    I work with site responsive installation, video, photography and numerous media.  My work takes the form of energy fields unexpectedly made visible, with a core theme of renewal, linking to environmental issues and spirituality in its broadest sense.  

    My work is inspired by the nature of a location and I develop ideas and associations as the work progresses.  The space and light around the work are very important and have a defining influence.  My aim is to make what is already there more visible, at times capturing what we don’t normally see, light, wind, space, the potency of a colour.  Illusions such as floating and evanescence reoccur in my work making further links to magic and the metaphysical.  I use materials linked to the everyday and I am inspired by ordinary life and the need to find meaning in our lives.

    I have a longstanding interest in working with wind in the landscape and occasionally idoors.   These works aim to reveal the spirit of a place, its history, economy and cultural associations.   Recently my work has also involved collecting samples from nature and examining their composition and cultural importance.   Often these are common place plants, looked at everyday and yet somehow never seen.  Through thoughtful presentation these collections magnify the plants fundamental characteristics and have a bare, almost naked presence.  My intention is to re-connect people to nature, its preciousness and its potency and to the act of seeing and understanding.  The idea of inter-connectedness is central to my work and guides my decision making.  My intention is "to nurture our connection with the natural world in the belief that by better understanding it we will better understand our place within it, our responsibilities and the possibilities open to us" (Elementum publication).  

    CV & Education

    Qualifications

    1996 - MA Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Academy Schools, London W1.

    1993 - BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture (1st), Kingston University, Kingston.

    1990 - Foundation with Distinction, University of Westminster, Harrow.

     

    Residencies

     

    2018 - Forthcoming October, ChaShaMa Residency, Pine Plains, NY, USA.

    2018 - International Women and Mud Symposium, Toledo, Spain.

    2017 - TRB Residency and Collaboration, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

    2017 - Brush Creek Residency Award, Saratoga, Wyoming, USA.

    2016 - Guest artist, Hard Core Apple Event, Fermyn Woods contemporary Arts, Northants, UK.

    2016 - International Women and Mud Symposium, El Arreciado, Sevilleja de la Jara, Spain.

    2016 - Brisons Veor Residency, Cape Cornwall, Penzance, UK.

    2016 - International BROOM IN BLOOM flower symposium, Hoyocasero, Spain.

    2015 - Gullkistan Residency, Iceland.

    2014 - El Arreciado Residency, Sevilleja de la Jara, Spain.

    2014 - Artspace One Residency, Northants, UK

    2013 - Brisons Veor Residency, Cape Cornwall, Penzance, UK.

    2013 - International Wool Symposium, El Arreciado , Sevilleja de la Jara, Spain.

    2012 - Sculpture Shock Residency, RBS, London, highly commended application.

    2010 - Chateau de Sacy Residency, Picardy, France, short listed.

    2007 - VSC Fellowship, Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA

    2006 - VSC Fellowship, Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA 

     

    Solo exhibitions and Art in Public Places.

    2018 - Kettfest Festival, Museum House Gardens, Kettering, Northants, UK.

    2017 - Kettfest Festival, Alfred East Garden, Kettering, Northants, UK.

    2017 - Goleta Beach Installation, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

    2016 - Tribute, Cape Cornwall event, Cornwall, UK.

    2016 - Legend, Woon Gumpus Common, Cornwall, UK.

    2016 - Kettfest Festival, Garden of Rest, Kettering, Northants, UK

    2015 - Transparency, West House Gallery, Pinner, London HA5, UK.

    2015 - Laugarvatn Lakeside Installation, Iceland.

    2014 - First Art Kit Events, Stamford Road, Northants, UK.

    2014 - Firebreak, Arreciado Lakeside Installation, Toledo, Spain.

    2013 - Appearance Exhibition, HAC Gallery, Hatchend, London, HA5., UK.

    2013 - Brissons Veor Residency Events, Priests Cove, Cornwall, UK.

    2013 - Cocktail Exhibition, West House Gallery, Pinner, London, HA5, UK.

    2012 - Streaming, Harrow Recreation Ground, London HA1, UK.

    2010 - Attraction Exhibition, Cunningham Park, London HA1, UK.

     

    Group exhibitions

    2018 - Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018, Gongju, Chungnam Province, KOREA

    2017 - Open Studios, Rusty Barn, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

    2017 - Open studio Events, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, Wyoming, USA.

    2017 - Double Yolk Collective Show, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK..

    2016 - BROOM IN BLOOM, Hoyocasero, Spain.

    2016 - Wheelbarrow, Sculpture Network NYB16, Artspace Studios, Northants, UK..

    2015 - NOST Prize winners, Primrose Gallery, Northampton, Northants, UK..

    2015 - NOST Central, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering, Northants, UK..

    2015 - Kettfest Festival, The Yards, Kettering, Northants, UK..

    2015 - Paper III, Stadtmuseum and Handwerkmuseum, Deggendorf, Germany.

    2015 - Open Studio Events, Gullkistan Residency, Laugarvatn, Iceland.

    2015 - Kettfest, The Yards, Kettering, Northants, UK..

    2015 - Size Matters? Sculpture Network NYB15, Artspace Studios, Northants.

    2014 - Little Gems, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland.

    2014 - OMM Project, NN Gallery Project Space, Northants.

    2014 - Flavour, Artspace Studios, Northants.

    2014 - Acquiescence, Moray Arts Centre, Findhorn, Moray, Scotland.

    2014 - Gallery 202, traveling exhibition, NN Gallery venue1, Northants.

    2014 - Opening, Artspace Studios, Kettering, Northants.

    2013 - 1 Hour, Fermyn Woods Arts Centre, Brigstock, Northants.

    2013 - NOS Central, Oakapple Gallery, Sywell, Northants.

    2013 - Four, Artspace Studios, Kettering, Northants.

    2012 - Culture, White Gallery, HAC, Hatch End, London HA5.

    2012 - Reception, London Road Studios, Northwich, Cheshire.

    2011 - Open Door, Weldon Centre, Harrow, London HA1

    2011 - NYB Presentation, Brockley, London SE4

    2010 - Evoke, Gayton Art Space, Harrow, London HA1.

    2009 - 18@108, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London SW7.

    2008 - Gathering, Cockpit Arts Studios, Cockpit Yard, London WC1.

    2007 - Spotlight, Cockpit Studios, London WC1.

    2006 - Climate Change, London Art Online.

    2005 - The Look Here Show, Battersea Arts Centre London SW11.

    2005 - Mix, Voltaire Studios, Clapham, London SW18.

    2004 - Materials Matters, West House, Pinner, London HA5.

     

    Committees and Memberships

    RBS   Award Winner and Associate Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

    APT   Research group exploring the inquiry ‘Is there a place in time’ 2013 ongoing.

    EXHIBIT   Founder Member and former Treasurer of arts group connecting and supporting artists 2010/13.

    ARTSPACE   Founder, Chair and lead artist in an organization promoting access to art 2002/06.

    APTHORPE PRIZE   Harrow adjudicator for the Apthorpe Art Prize 2000-02.

    ASP Trustee to the Board of Art and Sacred Places, promoting contemporary art in sacred places, 1999/01.

    RASAA  Royal Academy Students Alumni Association 1996/present.