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Ms Susan Stockwell

Senior Lecturer

Art & Design, ADI University of East London

Susan Stockwell is a senior lecturer, module leader and Professional Doctorate supervisor in Fine Art. She teaches across the BA and Professional Doctorate in fine art as well as being involved in course design and planning. Susan co-leads the second-year Fine Art programme with Lecturer Lee Maelzer. These involve weekly seminars, which are devised to introduce students to the principles of fine art practice and develop their critical analysis and public speaking skills. The seminars provide a forum to show students artwork and discuss, related topics and concepts. As a cohort Students have an opportunity to build a sense of community, while individually developing a capacity to articulate ideas. The seminars are also designed to enhance students knowledge of contemporary art and build confidence. They include gallery visits and an external exhibition where students get the opportunity to organise, plan, hang, critique and launch their own exhibition in a professional gallery space. This provides professional practice experience that leads well into their final year program modules and professional practice experience.

    Susan Stockwell is an established international artist working across sculpture, installation, collage and film. Her practice is concerned with examining social and colonial histories and engaging with questions of social justice, trade, cultural mapping and feminism. Her art employs the material culture of everyday domestic and industrial products, such as recycled computer components, maps and paper currency and she transforms these seemingly banal products into compelling artworks. In seeking to reconnect an object’s past, its related history and materiality with contemporary issues, her practice underscores these materials urgent interconnection to collective memories, desires and ecological shortfalls; aspects that evoke, expose and challenge features of social, racial and gender inequality and injustice.

    Susan also develops work through participatory art practice and has worked with a range of groups including Prison inmates (Fine Cell Works), Cuban refugees via a collaboration at Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse USA for the exhibition Boîte-en-Valise and Afghanistan and Iraq veteran soldiers in rehabilitation. The project, 'Piece Makers' was in collaboration with The National Army Museum London (2012/2016). In 2013 she made 'Sail Away', an interactive installation in the Turbine Hall of TATE Modern for the Hyperlink Festival, curated by Tate Collective. In 2014/2015 she was Artist in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon where she made new work for the exhibition 'SEA-MARKINGS' at the RSC.

    Susan has exhibited extensively around the world, including; TATE Modern, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The National Museum of China, Beijing, The Katonah Museum of Art, New York and Art League of Houston, USA and Manchester City Art Gallery. Her work is in public and private collections around the world, including; The Victoria & Albert Museum, the London Transport Museum, Bedfordshire University, UK, The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam NL, Black Rock Investments and Yale Centre for British Art, USA.


    Most Recent Research
    - Solo Exhibitions -
    2020 - New Acquisitions Tropenmuseum Amsterdam  & Wereldmuseum Rotterdam NL.

    2020 -'Hidden Histories, Untold Stories' Meeting Point/Arts & Heritage, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington UK.

    Group Exhibitions -
    2020 -'Politics in Art' Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (MOCAK) Warsaw, PL.
    'TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair' With Patrick Heide Contemporary Art. March.

    Previous Research 1
    - Solo Exhibition -
    2019- Trade Winds St Peter’s Church Cambridge/Cambridge University.
    Group Exhibitions -
    'The Sea is The Limit' Virginia Commonwealth University Doha Qatar
    'Exchange' Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth UK
    'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' Patrick Heide Contemporary Art London UK.

    'Parallel Lines: Sculpture and Drawing', Royal Society of Sculptors, London,

    Previous Research 2
    - Group Exhibition - 2018
    'Across Boundaries' Draiflessen Collection Mettingen, Germany.


    Most Recent Publication
    - By Year -
    - 2020
    '50 Women Sculptors' book published by Aurora Metro UK & Australia.
    'The Times' Edward Fennell's Legal Diary, 'ARTWORK OF THE WEEK' 7th May 2020.
    'Migrant Knowledge' book published by Textus Edizioni & Cambridge University.
    'TEFAF IN MAASTRICHT The queen of the fairs serves the change of taste' Handelsblatt, Germany, Cultural Section, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art.
    'Thresholds and Borders: Reflections on the Art of Brexit' by Soma Ghoshal, Wasafiri Magazine, Vol 35.

    Previous Publications
    - 2019
    'The British Artist Tackling the Long, Dark Shadow of Colonialism', Elephant Magazine by Paul Carey-Kent 24th Oct.
    'Painted into a Corner: British art responds to the folly of Brexit' The Guardian Culture by Jonathan Jones 1st March.
    'How Are Contemporary Artists Treating Brexit Amid The Stall in The Talks?' Widewalls Elena Martinique 11th March.

    - 2018
    'Art After Money Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialisation'
    Max Haiven. Pluto Press. ISBN: 9780745 338248.
    'Across Boundaries Draiflessen Collection 2018 ISBN: 978-3-942359-42-9 (C).
    'Created in Conflict' Holly Furneaux ©Compton Verney UK 2018 ISBN: 978-1-9999659-0-7 (C).
    'The Sea is the Limit at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London. GalleriesNow'
    'No Man is an Island' Künstlerforum Bonn, Bonn Germany (C).
    'A Recipe Book: a book of artist’s recipe’s.' PTiSM. Bournemouth Arts University.

    - 2017
    'Boîte-en-Valise: Generator (C) Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse NY USA. 
    'Opérations Cartographiques' JeanMarc Besse, Giles Tiberghien 2017
    ISBN: 978-2-330-06883-7.


    Arts Council, Arts & Heritage, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, National Heritage Lottery Funding, RSC, Pinsent Masons, Portsmouth City Council


    Subject Areas
    - BA Fine Art
    - Professional Doctorate Fine Art
    - MA Fine Art