I consider my work to be landscape based. Concepts derive from my visual and sensual responses to the natural environment, and I make metephorical connections which develop from my experience of being immersed in the landscape and the elements. My studio is in the border country of Wales.
Concepts that recur in my work include the illusive and transient; disintegration; decay, and fragmentations which trace former existences. Border, boundary and path are visual prompts providing reference to the human intervention in the landscape. The readily available resources of soil, rock, mountain streams, vegetation, changing light, ancient sites and archaeology all inform the concepts.
Drawing underpins my work, and I feel that most of my work is drawing, whether two- or three-dimensional, and whatever mediums or method I am using. I am interested in questioning the boundaries within which a drawing is still a drawing, and the linear qualities manifest on a surface or in a three-dimensional space.
Susan Milne July 2020
Born in Sussex; art education at St Martins School of Art, London
Studio practice in South Wales UK
Career path: studio practice, exhibitions, residencies, installations, art education, book illustration , textile design,
collaborative arts projects with architects, landscape designers, theatre practitioners, sound producers.
Co-founder of the Space Project in 1997 to develop work across art disciplines through education and training, theatre, and site-specific projects.
Award: Recipient of the Eirian Llwyd Memorial Award for Printmaking, Arts Council of Wales 2019. Research
into the use of local soils in the printmaking process.
Selected exhibitions and professional engagement:
ILLUSTRATIONS: The High Country in collaboration with Mark Harrell/Five Seasons Press, 2020
BLACK MOUNTAINS COLLEGE delivery of workshops: Open Studio July 2019; Skeletons of the Land July 2019
SIDNEY NOLAN TRUST workshop: Monoprinting September 2019
THE DRAWING ROOM at HAY. Exhibition: Works on Paper, Prints and Assembages 2018
SIDNEY NOLAN TRUST and the IKON GALLERY, 2017 Printmaking in the Landscape - workshop.
BBC Radio 3 Sound Walk, May 2017. Spoken word contributions.
THE TABERNACLE Traces Exhibition, Hay Festival External Event, 2016
SIDNEY NOLAN TRUST Printmakers, 2015
HAY FESTIVAL PRESS: POEMS FOR RS (illustrations), 2013
MONNOW VALLEY ARTS Herefordshire, UK. Residency to research culture and the land, experimentation
with materials. Solo exhibition 2012.
MONNOW VALLEY ARTS: representation at LONDON ART FAIR, 2012
CONTEMPORARY ARTS SOCIETY FOR WALES purchase: Land 1, 2011
MOMA WALES Contemporary Arts Society Exhibition, 2011
ORIEL WASHINGTON, Cardiff: Re-worked 2006
ART SHOP GALLERY, Abergavenny 2005
ABOUT FACE THEATRE COMPANY Installations: The Cutters, 2004
BRECKNOCK MUSEUM solo exhibition: Marking Time, 2000
THE COWCROSS GALLERY, London: Landscape and Art, 1999
BRECKNOCK MUSEUM touring exhibition: Black Mountains Drawings - also at Ceri Richards Gallery,
Swansea, Llantarnam Grange and the Rye Gallery, Sussex, 1994/5
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD Aberystwyth: collection of drawings, 1992
DEVELOPMENT BOARD FOR RURAL WALES: Images of Rural Wales Hay Festival and Palace of
MALL GALLERY, London, Federation of British Artists 1990/91
Illustration, design, window & exhibition display, books & publications, textile manufacturers, retail: 1960-1980, includes commissioned work for: Liberty's textiles, Conde Nast publications, Blandford Press, Ginn & Co., Yardley, Selfridges.
THE SPACE PROJECT 1997-2000
LONDON MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL Senses of Place, installations in collaboration with the YOUNG VIC
THEATRE South Bank, London, 2000
SAINSBURY TRUST The Glasshouse Project, urban regeneration, 2000
INSTITUTE ROMKUNST, Oslo. Presentation to seminar: Losing Space, 2000
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA Consultant to student site-specific production:
The Nightwatchman, Oval Cricket Ground, 1999
Corridor, UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH, 1999
THE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION: Creative Spaces, 1999
CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS, The Old Library, Cardiff. Visitor engagement curator, 1999
YOUNG VIC THEATRE, visual arts workshops, 1997
BRITISH FESTIVAL OF VISUAL THEATRE, workshops. Young Vic, 1998
Public collections holding work
(former) Development Board for Rural Wales; National Library of Wales; Contemporary Art
Society of Wales; National Trust; The Woodland Trust
Senior Lecturer in Visual Studies, University of Greenwich 1986-91
Visiting Lecturer Larenstein IAC, Netherlands, course development 1991-2000
Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, Hereford College of Art, and Swansea Institute 1993-99
Royal Society of Arts, elected 1997; Architecture Foundation; Engage Cymru: committee member 2005;
Landscape and Art Network, 1997-2000
The Drawing Room, 2021
Art for Wales Contemporary Arts Society for Wales catalogue, 2011
Wye Valley Life November, 2016
Eight Stones, Eight Artists David Moore, Little Fish Press
Building a Significant Regional Collection Brycheiniog xxxviii
Galleries, Robert Newell, October 2000
Scintilla 3 Usk Vaughan Association, 1999
Rural Artists Portfolio Newtown, 1996