26 March - 30 April 2022
TEN is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by award-winning artist Sue Williams.
RAPTURES & RUPTURES features Williams’s latest body of paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings. Akin to pages from a visual diary, published for all to see, Williams’s characteristically bold and immediate paintings tell of awkward encounters, sticky situations and erotic experiences. Issues of sexual communication, dysfunction and human frailty are imbedded in her work; themes which are explored and executed with such truthfulness and raw honesty.
The exhibition will also include the release of a new publication LUST LONGING LOVE - a collaborative book of words and drawings between Williams and art theorist Marilyn Allen, documenting their conversations and responses and offering different perspectives on what it is to live as a woman in the 21st Century.
At the heart of Williams’s whole practice is a universal, wholly necessary yet simple theme: that of human communication. The result is a practice which challenges taboos and provokes a response - it demands attention from the viewer. Some may be dismissive, others embarrassed but such universally human themes are relatable to all - whether we admit it or not.
Fully Awake 6:6
The culmination of a six part exhibition cycle at Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art
November 4th 2021 – December 17th 2021
Fully Awake is a cycle of six exhibitions which embraces an inter-generational approach to celebrating the practice and teaching of painting. Curated by Ian Hartshorne & Sean Kaye for the organisation Teaching Painting, whose remit is to produce publications, symposia, conferences and exhibitions celebrating the teaching of painting within Art Schools at all levels.
Sue Williams with Terry Setch and Geraint Ross Evans
David Alker with Michael Brick and Inga Lineviciute
Eliza Bonham Carter with John Dougill and Sarah PootsGraham Chorlton with Michael Brick and Jack Foster
Dan Coombs with Ken Kiff and Fatemah Bagherian
James Green with John Strutton and Hannah Short
Atsuhide Ito with Mick Finch and Harriet Poznansky
Peter Layzell with Roger Woodiwiss and Abi Hampsey
Donal Moloney with Lisa Milroy and Stephanie Carr
Kathleen Mullaniff with Mario Dubsky and Liz Arnold
Sarah Pickstone with Prunella Clough and Sara Anstis
Wayne Robinson with Tom McGuirk and Amy Robinson
Gary Simmonds with Peter Lloyd Lewis and Conor Rogers
John Strutton with Alan Miller and Stephen Dunne
Ruth Sumner with John Lancaster and Tom Robertson
Her ‘adolescent me’ allows the flexibility of her mind to freely take over - playing out all her fantasies … the eternal battle between her body and soul - let the fantasy play out…
gallery TEN 2021
A series of mixed media works on paper created during the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns
Images copyright : gallery TEN.
A unique body of work created during lockdown has been purchased by the National Library of Wales. These emotive, raw and challenging works are iconic additions to the National Library of Wales’ collections in Aberystwyth. They reflect upon mental health, loneliness and the central importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Library is proud to house the works within its national art collection.
‘ISOLATION noun: the process or fact of isolating or being isolated
living on your own is one thing but living in isolation is another. to look out of the window and imagine the world is still moving but you’ve stood still. BARE RED exposes fear, freedom of imagination, loneliness and hope from she who is looking out of her window’ - sue williams
BARE RED is a series of 3 chinese books painted by williams during the months of the covid19 lockdown. williams had the books custom made in hangzhou market by traditional art book-makers at 四宝草堂 the humble house of four treasures [the four treasures refer to the four materials used in chinese painting/calligraphy - brush, ink, paper + ink stone] during a research trip to china. each accordion-fold book includes 25 pages measuring 40 x 40cm, making the total length of each volume a continuous 10meters between two fabric covered + embroidered hard covers. a generous mix of materials are used - ink, spray paint, highlighter pens, acrylic paint + pencil together with torn paper, magazine cut-outs + cardboard collaged throughout
- CONVERS[ISOL]ATION is a collaborative project between Sue Williams and Marilyn Allen, which responds to the experience of social isolation during COVID 19, 2020.
- CONVERS[ISOL]ATION adopts a very different format to conventional art theory texts in that emphasis is placed upon a dialogue between theory and practice rather than an analysis of one by the other.
- CONVERS[ISOL]ATION Each ‘conversation page’ comprises an image and two dialogic pieces of text, which reflect the episodic communication style typically associated with social media platforms such as Twitter.
- CONVERS[ISOL]ATION Reading and writing practices in contemporary culture are inevitably affected by social media and as such the short ‘bursts’ of text, which are characteristic of this project, move between Williams' personal writing/images and Allen's word-events in an edgy contemplation of a lived experience in isolation.
- Image and text - Sue Williams
- Word Events - Marilyn Allen
- Photography - Roy Campbell-Moore
- Sound Artist - Simon Kilshaw
- Vocals - Marilyn Allen
Funded by Wales Arts International, Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art and University of Wales Trinity St David Swansea .
The Sangshang Museum of Contemporary Art in Hangzhou invited OPEN BOOKS to be exhibited between September and December 2013 and was an integral part of a programme looking at the tradition of folding and expanding artist books and is part of an annual programme 'Decanter Ink' to promote contemporary ideas about Chinese ink painting and culture. Exhibiting alongside historical work by Chinese painters from early and mid 20th century and contemporary Chinese ink artists who are taking on this traditional context. I gave a number of lectures on my work at The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou and the University of Hong Kong. A body of research had been gathered:
Men and women communicate differently and some of the factors contributing to this might be cultural or tradition, background or upbringing as well as the obvious issues surrounding personalities. Whilst social and sexual recognition has been paramount within western culture, China has been known for its culturally engrained and profound discrepancy in the female status. Plus with the 'one child' policy, China is dealing with a higher population ratio of men to women highlighting an unequal balance in gender. How does communication between men and women in china differ to western culture and how do Chinese women relate to their own femininity and sexuality within this state of unbalance, particularly when confronted by their counterparts in western culture?
OPEN BOOKS as toured throughout the UK, including Aberyswyth Library; Bristol Academy; China; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Australia; Canada; India; USA and will be exhibited in Hong Kong; China; Japan; India and Dubai in 2019/2020.