Artist’s Workshop: Susie Hamilton
Sat 25 May 2019
11am - 12:30pm
Using poems as a starting point, Hospital Rooms artist Susie Hamilton will lead an art workshop where you will be able to make your own bold and dynamic paintings, drawings and collages. You don’t need any previous painting experience to take part, and you will be guided through the process. All materials and lots of images to inspire will be provided.
Susie is an artist who creates dramatic paintings of figures in landscapes. Her small, spontaneous drawings and watercolours are worked and re-worked in the studio, honing in on particular characters, colours and compositions. As well as studying fine art, she also has a PhD in English Literature, and her work is often inspired by literature and poetry. Her work has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally, including Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Paul Stolper, London, A22 Projects, London, Galleri Trafo, Oslo, The Royal Academy, London, among many others.
As part of her commission to create work for the Hospital Rooms project, as seen in the current Phoenix Gallery exhibition, Susie led a similar workshop with staff and service users at The Junipers, a brand new, purpose-built Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for Devon, based in the grounds of Wonford House in Exeter.
Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks from an impressive roster of award winning and acclaimed artists for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.
Their latest project is in Exeter with Devon Partnership NHS Trust for which new works have been created by Julian Opie, Mark Titchner, Sara Berman, Nina Royle, Tim A Shaw, Tamsin Relly, Jon Emmony, Susie Hamilton, Rose Pilkington, Lucy Stein, Grenville Davey and Bindi Vora.
This exhibition is an opportunity to share and discuss the work of Hospital Rooms, the creation of this new work and some of the issues surrounding art and mental health.