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Susan Birth

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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am currently working with mixed media on board - in the main a mix of made collage paper, acrylic paint and inks. Subject matter varies but the processes I use remain similar.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I have been a professional artist for around 6 years now and feel content, connected and complete in this role.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I'm one of the resident artists at Bevere Gallery in Worcester. I'm very much looking forward to exhibiting at Ludlow Assembly Rooms as an h-Art artist with fellow artist Cherrie Mansfield under the title All That Jazz.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My studio at Bevere is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm so I am used to welcoming visitors and chatting about my art. I also enjoy involvement in community and charity projects.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I have focused solely on my art for around 6 years now and in that time have attended various workshops adding variety to my practice. Through experience, I have refined my techniques and developed some unique ways of working with collage in particular. I've been involved in many exhibitions, art fairs and art trails, worked on commissions for public bodies and private customers and had work accepted for the Institute of Painters in Watercolours at Mall Galleries, London and Broadway Art Festival, among others. I've also contributed to several community projects raising funds for local charities. Examples of commissions include design of a banner for the Queen's Silver Jubilee commissioned by Severn Arts, and 'Echoes of Ancient Egypt, a community project commissioned by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum during COVID-19. I have experience helping out with the organisation of Worcestershire Open Studios and have set up and organised a Worcester artist meetup group. In 2023 I jointly organised an art/poetry open call to artists and poets in Worcestershire with Worcestershire Litfest. This year, my design for a 'Waddle of Worcester' penguin sculpture has been accepted and my penguin 'Blossom' will be part of Worcester's summer art trail. I am also curating an exhibition in June entitled Breathless - Breathe More in Worcester city centre involving poetry and visual art. I am a member of The Arts Society Worcester.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Breathless... Breathe More, an exhibition linking art and words, at Script Haven in Worcester High Street - 15 to 30 June.
Bath Art Fair exhibitor - February 2024
'Elements' - exhibition at Ombersley with fellow Bevere Artists - August 2023
Wood Norton Hotel - exhibition and auction raising funds for St Richard's Hospice - summer 2023
'Native not Native - Future Legacies', one of 3 Worcester artists exhibiting at The Artery Studios Gallery, Worcester - April/May 2023
'Elsewhere' - exhibition at Sixteen Gallery, Cheltenham with fellow Bevere Artists - May 2023
Bath Art Fair exhibitor - February 2023
Yew Trees Artists Exhibition at The Artery Studios Gallery, Worcester - November 2022
Worcestershire Art Trail 'Now We're Talking With Art' supporting mental health 2021
Worcestershire Art Trail 'NHS Reach Out' supporting mental health 2022
'Colour unleashed' with Caroline Hall and Cherrie Mansfield at Elmslie House, Malvern - June 2021
Worcestershire Open Studios annually

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I sell directly from my studio gallery and at exhibitions and art fairs.

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