Closer to Nature
These prints were inspired by a recent residency at National Trust, exploring the interdependency of people and nature, at Hoe Fen Woodland Wildlife area, a wild space beyond the formal gardens of Anglesey Abbey, in Lode just east of Cambridge.
Susie Turner works as a freelance 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. She runs the printroom at Stow-cum-Quy, a small, bright well equipped professional print studio. She regularly runs introductory workshops in Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates / Solarplate. This new method of printmaking is very versatile and easy to learn, making it suitable for complete beginners as well as for those with experience in Printmaking. She also offers one-to-one tuition and bespoke workshops that can be mutually arranged and tailored to suit level of experience and ability.
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 delivered bespoke workshops on behalf of other organisations, Ochre Print Studio, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Leicester Print Workshop, Red Hot Press, the University of Cambridge Museums and the Botanic Garden, and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.
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 helping them gain their arts award. Susie was 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 and their families 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. The theme of ‘home building’ was encouraged with the target audience in mind. Susie became artist-in-residence at National Trust and worked alongside staff and volunteers, sharing her skills and knowledge, helping engage community groups and families with nature in a creative way. As part of that residency, Susie delivered a number of creative workshops for adults and children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
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 work in collection at the V&A Museum Print Archive; Scarborough Museum Trust; Clare College, University of Cambridge and Nuffield Health, Cambridge Hospital. www.susieturner.com