Oct
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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

BARE RED books are deeply personal, authentic, incredibly moving and relatable tomes of real human experience in real time. together, the volumes create a linear visual diary of williams’s personal experience + feelings stretched out over days/weeks/months of the lockdown. we’re reading + viewing her daily thoughts and emotions in flux - reacting to the frightening news, anger at the new world outside, loneliness of isolation, the longing for family + friends, the grief of loosing connections, the boredom of monotony, the need for physical touch + sexual release, the bizarreness of newly adopted routines of a new normal; the range of emotions that so many of us shared in experiencing during lockdown

https://www.gallery-ten.co.uk/from-the-studio-or-stiwdio-sue-williams

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Oct
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  • 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

https://vimeo.com/468893316
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Apr
15

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.

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Nov
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ESTIRANDO EL TIEMPO - O COMO NO CAER EN LA HISTERIA - AN MIXED MEDIA EXHIBITION DEVELOPED AND CURATED BY ELIZABETH ROSS. CASA DE LA CULTURA. STARTING NOVEMBER 22 2019
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Apr
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GOLDEN THREAD GALLERY
84 - 94 Great Patrick Street
BELFAST
 BT1 2LU
OPENING: 18TH APRIL - 25TH MAY 2019
Immerse yourself in the visual overload of 'LoveLustLonging', Sue Williams' first solo exhibition in the North of Ireland in more than a decade.In this exhibition internationally renowned artist Sue Williams reflects the sense of a society perpetuating its own fear. The works deal with the saturation of mediation and the frailty of the self in response to a bombardment of images.
Sue Williams explores the nature of sexuality and our relationships with our own bodies. Through work which combines drawing, painting, film and collage, Williams challenges the tradition of idealised nude painting, presenting the realities of the body, sexual identity and health. Work is often installed in a 'notice-board' format, challenging artistic conventions.
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Aug
29
Then + Now: 80 Years of Collecting Contemporary Art for Wales
TOURING EXHIBITION  Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog: 7 October – 25 November 2018  MOMA, Machynlleth: 8 December – 26 January 2019  Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea: 9 February - 12 May 2019
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Aug
29
vis-à-vis
The University of South Wales is pleased to announce its summer exhibition, vis-à-vis, a celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage. It represents a selection of twenty images of women from its Museum Collection paired with twenty images of women by contemporary artists from Wales. vis-à-vis is understood here as being the consideration of one thing in relation to another, but by lucky chance ‘vis’ also brings to mind its older meaning of face to face and the act of visaging. With the exhibition installed, a conversation project has been underway, its aim to enquire on the relation between past and present representations of women in art. Each artist was invited to undertake an email conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Dr Frances Woodley, in which their exhibit was discussed in relation to its pair from the Museum Collection. These conversations have brought a remarkable range of new perspectives to older works of art: feminist, political, historical, cultural, representational and more. At the same time the project has offered contemporary artists an opportunity to reflect on their own practice in relation to a work of art by an artist from the recent past and often unfamiliar to them. It has made for a fascinating set of encounters that are to be included in a substantial catalogue due to be launched 28th September.
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May
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my cherry bomb
private view: saturday 09 june 2018, 2.00 - 5.00 dates: 09 - 30 june 2018 open fridays + saturdays and by appointment at STUDIO18 18 oxford street pontycymmer cf32 8db TEN is pleased to present MY CHERRY BOMB, a solo exhibition of new work by award-winning artist sue williams at STUDIO18 in pontycymmer MY CHERRY BOMB features williams’ latest body of large-scale paintings on canvas. akin to pages from a visual diary, published for all to see, williams’ characteristically bold + immediate paintings tell of awkward encounters, sticky situations + erotic experiences. issues of sexual communication, dysfunction + human frailty are imbedded in her work; themes which are explored + executed with such truthfulness + raw honesty (more…)
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May
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I SEE RED LAUNCH PARTY
friday 07 april | from 7.00 TEN. home gallery + viewing space 143 donald street | roath | cardiff the language of human relationships is told with williams’ characteristically bold + immediate drawings. issues of sexual communication, dysfunction + human frailty are imbedded in her work; themes which are explored + executed with such truthfulness + raw honesty. I SEE RED exposes the vulnerability of relationships in the digital age. williams presents to us the damaging effect that the new normality of online constructed personas, web-based hook-ups and the perceived freedom of sexual imagery has on emotional + physical human relationships RVSP essential I SEE RED GALLERY
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Apr
19
THROB:EXPOSURE, National Museum Cardiff
Dancers and choreographers Romain Guion and Marta Zollet creating work for THROB: EXPOSURE. THROB: EXPOSURE promises to be an engaging and lively presentation of new music, poetry and dance followed by an optional ‘conversation’ between the audience and Sue Williams, Dr Nick Ossei-Gerning, poet Rhian Edwards, composer Pete Wyer, dancers and choreographers Romain Guion and Marta Zollet, co-director Roy Campbell-Moore. Venue: Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum & Galleries of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP Free entry
Sunday 8 Nov 2015 at 1.00pm & 3.15pm
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