Susan Adams


I studied painting at Norwich School of Art and the Slade, going on to study Electronic Arts at Middlesex University. I use a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. I have lectured widely and held a number of Artist in Residency positions including those at Gloucester Cathedral, Millay Colony for the Arts New York, Welsh National Opera, Bardsey Island and Shaftesbury Abbey.

I am interested in exploring the relationship between fantasy and reality and the locations in which these two worlds collide. I am drawn to effigies of the living, uncanny, half-alive objects such as puppets, automata, figures that were made with a specific purpose in mind such as to embody religious beliefs, entertain a child or tell a story. Creative exchanges with writers continue to provide a source of imagery, worlding a third space created through collaboration.

Photo credit: Siôn Marshall-Waters

Riddle, reality. For Susan Adams "reality" is important. It's important that things look like things, that her carved and painted people resemble real people, that the ordinary resembles the ordinary, the matter of fact. Her brush, her pencils, her chisels, love the real, the look of it, the feel of it, the weirdly intimate particularity of it. But the real for Adams is very wide and unpredictable: it includes in its remit birds with human heads, amputated arms with wheat or aerials growing out of them; fracturings, dismemberings, ghosts, hovering stones, speaking marionettes. The fantastical, in other words, is every bit as at home here as it might have been for some medieval scribe or map-maker.

Lyndon Davies


Cardiff University
PGCE Post Compulsory Education

Middlesex University
MA Electronic Arts

Slade School of Art
Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Painting

Norwich School of Art
BA Hons Degree Fine Art , Painting, 1st class

Maidstone College of Art
Foundation Course in Art & Design


2020 - International Opportunity Fund Award, Wales arts international

2018 – 2019 – Lead Creative Schools
Creative Practitioner

2017 – 2018 – University of South Wales
Associate Tutor, Art Practice

2011 – 2017 – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Associate Tutor, Fine Art

2014 – Creative Wales Award
Major Award from the Arts Council of Wales

Wales Arts International
Travel Award, Venice Biennale

Edinburgh Printmakers
Artist in Residence

Sky Arts
Art Workshop Leader, Hay Festival

2008 – 2009 – Hereford College of Arts
Part-time Lecturer, Fine Art Degree

2009 – Chance to Create Award
£10,000, Research Grant, European Union via Powys County Council

2007 – Good Ideas Residency
Grant from Cywaith Cymru to finance art project with voice-hearers in Wales

2006 – Benenden School
Artist in Residence

2004 – Creative Wales Award
Award from the Arts Council of Wales

2003 – Shaftesbury Abbey
Artist in Residence

2002-03 – Welsh National Opera
working to create images for projection to accompany orchestral performances for schools

2002 – Bardsey Island – Ynys Enlli
Artist in Residence

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Children’s Art Workshop Leader during
Something Funny in the Woodshed exhibition curated by Susan Adams

Plas Newydd, Llangollen
Artist in Residence

Carmarthenshire College
Part-time Lecturer, Art & Design Access Course

Oriel Mostyn
Artist in Residence

2001-02 – University of Glamorgan
Part-time Lecturer, Art Practice and Media Degree

2001 – Millay Colony for the Arts, New York USA
Artist in Residence

Swansea Institute of Higher Education
Visiting Lecturer, Fine Art, Painting Degree

2000 – Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Children’s Art Workshop Leader during Ana Maria Pacheco exhibition

International Centre for Cultural Development, Kerala, India
Artist in Residence

1999-00 – Swansea Institute of Higher Education
Part-time Lecturer,
Foundation Course in Art & Design

1998-99 – University of Glamorgan
Part-time Lecturer, BA Hons Art Practice

1998 – Arts Council of Wales Artist’s Bursary
£2000 Research Grant

1996-97 – Gloucester Cathedral
Artist in Residence

1996 – Arts Council of Wales Travel Award
to study the religious art of Mexico

1995-96 – University of Wales College Newport
Part-time Lecturer, Graphic Arts Degree

1995 – University of the West of England, Bristol University of Glamorgan, Wales
Visiting Lecturer, slide talks, tutorials and materials demonstrations given

1994-95 – Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, USA
Artist in Residence

1994 – ArtsAcre, Calcutta, India
Artist in Residence

1992-93 – Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
Fine Art Fellow, part-time Lecturer Fine Art Painting

1991 – Canadian Airlines & Royal Overseas League
Travel Awards, Canada


2022 - Other Worlds
MADE, Cardiff

2021 - Imagining History
Oriel Y Bont, University of South Wales

Summer Open
MADE, Cardiff

2020 - Annual Open Exhibition
Royal West of England Academy

2019 – Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod

Tivoli Fish Bar
Chapel on the Green, Glasbury, solo exhibition

2018 – The Little Cage
Peak Horsebox Commission, Abergavenny Food Festival

Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi Glorious Disgust
Exhibition of work by Contemporary Surrealists in Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University

An Expanded View of Drawing
Group Exhibition, Riverfront Newport

Birds that eat purple flowers
Chapel on the Green, Glasbury, Legion Projects

*Vis-á-vis : Contemporary Welsh Artists respond to images
of Women in the University of South Wales Museum Collection*
Oriel Y Bont, Curator Frances Woodley

2017 – Up Ship Street
The Hours, Brecon, solo exhibition and event featuring writers
Jo Mazelis and Lesley Saunders

Collaboration with Sue Hunt, St Edwards Church, Cardiff

2016 – Nonarchy
Undegun, Wrexham and Made in Roath Festival, Cardiff

2015 – Funny Ha Ha
Burghley Sculpture Garden

2013 – Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition
(& 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2001)

How the Light Gets in
Bay Art, Cardiff

Attic Gallery, Cardiff

2012 – Welcome Machine
Oriel Mwldan, solo exhibition

Printmaking Biennale
St David’s Hall Cardiff

2011 – Frederick J Fredericks
Craig y Cilau Caves, Brecon Beacons National Park

Import / Export
Edinburgh Printmakers & Swansea Printworkshop

Mostyn Open
Oriel Mostyn

There are Receivers in the Woods
solo exhibition, MoMA Wales

group show, St Davids Hall, Cardiff

2010 – Printmaking Biennale
St David’s Hall Cardiff

Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition

Female Wales
Millenium Centre, Cardiff

2009 – Hearing Voices International Congress Maastricht
solo exhibition

Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition

Welsh Artist of the Year Show
St Davids Hall Cardiff

They leak through me
solo exhibition, Oriel Myrddin

2008 – Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition

*Sculpture in the Garden *
group show, Hergest Croft, Herefordshire

2007 – Parc Life
group show, house and grounds of Penpont, Powys

2006 – Contemporary Arts Society Wales
Acquisitions National Museum of Wales

2004 – Fragments of St Iwa
solo exhibition, Arts Council of Wales Gallery, Cardiff

2003 – A tale told by an Idiot
3 person print show – MOMA Wales

Waiting for Something
solo touring exhibition, Ruthin Craft Centre; Oriel Mostyn

Fragments of St Iwa
solo exhibition, Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset

2002 – Cinema Texas International short film festival
screening of Searching in Sleep

solo exhibition, Plas Newydd, Llangollen

Artists-in-Residence at Gloucester Cathedral
group show, Gloucester Cathedral

Reflections of Holiness
St Mary Woolnoth, London EC3

2001 – Wales : Unauthorised Versions
The House of Croatian Artists, Zagreb (curator: Alex Farquharson)

International Print Biennial
Wrexham Art Centre (& tour)

Something Funny in the Woodshed
(curator & exhibitor)
Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Eisteddfod Art Exhibition

2000 – Digital Group Show
Candid Gallery, London

Exploding Cinema
London, screening of ‘And in the Morning’

1999 – Proposals for Saints (part 3)
solo exhibition, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Housing and Homelessness
Candid Gallery, London (curator: London Arts Cafe)

1998 – Fantastico!
Gallery Fresh, London

Proposals for Saints (part 2)
solo exhibition, The Eich Gallery, Hull

1997 – Breath of Walls
solo exhibition, Gloucester Cathedral

The Print Fair*
The Armory, New York City, USA

Proposals for Saints
solo exhibition, Gloucester City Art Gallery

1996 – Artists’ Books
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

The London Original Print Fair*
Royal Academy of Art, London

The 9th International Women’s Studies Conference
2 person show

1995 – Theatre of Love
solo exhibition, Y Bont Gallery, Univ. of Glamorgan

Artists in Residence Show
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Co. USA

The Print Fair
The Armory, New York City, USA*

1994 – Woodcuts and Paintings
ArtsAcre, Calcutta, India

The Contemporary Print Show Part 2*
Concourse Gallery, Barbican

SAGA, FIAC Edition*
Paris, France

WhiteChapel/East London Open Studios
Childers Street, London

1993 – The London Original Print Fair*
Royal Academy of Art, London

The Arthur Andersen Art Award Exhibition London

Cheltenham School of Art Fellows Exhibition
Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham

The Contemporary Print Show*
Concourse Gallery, Barbican, London

Ystd, Sweden, Group Show

Group Show
Flowers Graphics, London

1992 – 3rd Print Biennale of Amadora Portugal*

Artists’ Choice
Flowers East, London

Recent Graduates
Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden, London

1991 – A View of the New
Royal Overseas League, London

*In affiliation with PRATT CONTEMPORARY ART

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