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Susie Turner works as a visual artist and educator specialising in Fine Art Printmaking. She studied Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of the Arts. Over the last twelve years Susie has helped raise the profile of printmaking as a medium for learning by sharing her skills and knowledge with school children, students, teachers, community groups, museums & galleries, and adults of all abilities. She has worked as a key tutor and workshop leader for the Curwen Print Study Centre, an education charity, for eight years and has delivered bespoke workshops on behalf of other organisations, including the National Trust, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Arts and Minds, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Ochre Print Studio, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Leicester Print Workshop, Red Hot Press, the University of Cambridge Museums and the Botanic Garden.

As well as supporting the development of artists’ ideas through print, Susie is keen to promote ‘participation in the arts’ as a preventative and rehabilitative experience. She has devised a number of workshops for Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in association with Northamptonshire Complementary Education Academy, working with young people disengaged from mainstream education. Susie was also commissioned by Arts and Minds in collaboration with the National Trust, as part of a ‘Children in Need’ funded project to devise and delivering a number of participatory workshops for children with mental health problems resident at the NHS Croft Child and Family Unit, Ida Darwin Hospital, Cambridge. These workshops took place outside; in a woodland area owned by the National Trust. Susie became artist-in-residence at National Trust and developed a new portfolio of prints inspired by the interdependency of people and nature. She worked alongside staff and volunteers, sharing her skills and knowledge, helping build habitats for wildlife and engaging visitors, community groups and schools with nature in a creative way.

Within her own work, Susie is keen to push the boundary of print and combine traditional methods with contemporary techniques. Over the last 10 years she has extensively explored the potential of printmaking with photopolymer plates / Solarplate, a new form of printing for artists that is simple, safe and time effective. Solarplate describes the process of printing with light-sensitive plates that have been exposed to daylight or an artificial source of UV light and then developed in water. For the artist, Solarplate offers fine detail and versatility in image making whereby photographic imagery, hand-drawn originals and the direct use of found objects or material can be easily transferred into delicate fine art prints. This new form of printmaking inspires curiosity and appeals to a wide audience.

Susie is a member of the Printmaker’s Council and regularly exhibits and sells her work both locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include International Mini Print touring exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, Highgate Institute of Literary and Scientific Institution, Addenbrookes Hospital, 50 Years of Printmakers Council, LOOP at Bankside Gallery, and the University College London Hospital. Susie has prints in collection at the V&A Museum; Scarborough Museum Trust; University of Cambridge, Camberwell College of the Arts and Nuffield Health, Cambridge.

www.susieturner.com

 

 

 

Education

2007-2009

MA in Printmaking/Visual Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London

2003-2006

BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking (2:1) at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

1985-1987

Higher National Diploma in Illustration/Graphic Design at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design

Residencies

2013-14

Hoe Fen Woodland Wildlife Area, Anglesey Abbey, Lode, National Trust

Exhibitions

2017

International Mini Print / WYPW

International Mini Print / London Print Studio

LOOP / Bankside Gallery, London

2016

Original Print Fair / Espacio Gallery, London

LOOP at Bankside Gallery, London

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Small Print International, touring exhibition to 6 UK venues, 2016-17 / Leicester Print Workshop

Shipyard Studios / Wivenhoe (May)

Printroom / Cambridge Open Studios

2015

Advent / Babylon Gallery, Ely (Nov)

Shipyard Studios / Wivenhoe (Nov-Dec)

LOOP / Bank side Gallery, London

50 Years of Printmakers Council / New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Drawn from Nature / Addenbrooke’s Arts, Cambridge

2014

Works on Paper / Printmakers Council, Barbican Library, London

Wild Life / University College London Hospital

Artwork/hoarding commission / Nuffield Health, Cambridge

LOOP / Bankside Gallery, London

2013

Printmakers Council / Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, London

Edited Highlights: LPW / Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull

20:20 Print Exchange / Hot Bed Press, Salford

Cambridge Open Studio / Printroom, Stow-cum-Quy

2012

Printmakers Council / Margate Gallery, Kent

Art Cell Gallery, Cancer Research Institute, Cambridge

Cambridge Open Studio / Printroom, Stow-cum-Quy

LOOP 2012 / Bankside Gallery, London

11th Lessedra World Art Print Annual / Sofia, Bulgaria

2011

2nd Art at Wharepuke Open Print Exhibition / New Zealand

LOOP / The Gallery in Redgate Street, London

Pushing Print/ Margate Gallery/ Margate

Curwen Print Study Centre / Chilford Hall / Cambridge

8th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition / Norwalk, USA

2010

‘Pushing Print’ / Marine Studios / Margate

Curwen Print Study Centre / Cambridge Art Fair

‘Surface’ / Clare Hall Gallery, University of Cambridge

‘Processes of Printmaking’ Artist Talk – Susie Turner and Serena Smith at Clare Hall

2009

International Open Print Show / Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand

Unwrapped: Christmas Open / Babylon Gallery, Ely

MA Visual Arts summer show / Camberwell College of Arts, London

Curwen Print Study Centre / Cambridge Art Fair

‘Sustainability’ / ‘we are arts’ galleries / Central Saint Martins, London

Inside Out’ / House Gallery, Camberwell, London

2008

Curwen Print Study Centre / Cambridge Art Fair

Print Show / Denbies Wine Estate / Dorking

Wilson Road Gallery / Camberwell College of Arts

2007

Cambridge Open Studio

St. Barnabas Press / Cambridge

2006

RBSA Print Prize Exhibition / Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham

Summer show / Haddenham Galleries

Undergraduate Degree Show / Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

‘Artists in Print’ / Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge

2003 – 2005

‘Prologue’ / RK Burt Gallery, Southwark, London

Cambridge Open Studios

Palace House / Newmarket

Whittlesford Gallery / Cambridge