Sue Willis

Multi-disciplinary fine artist based in Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Hadleigh, Essex. I am influenced by notions of ‘place’, often place-specific and in an urban setting, my work tends to the ephemeral, existing only in the memory or recorded as a moment in time through installation, often subtle intervention and its subsequent documentation. A lifelong interest in architecture, photography and design, I use lens-based media, found and appropriated images, objects, sound and text.

I am drawn to the politics of place and to the liminality of place, space and art itself; where one thing becomes another, where boundaries blur; between public and private space, where congested town becomes open space, where land becomes sea and where art becomes life.

I have shown locally at Central Gallery and at TAP Gallery, Southend and participated in 'Artside:Pause' 2011. I have been involved in the Hadleigh Art Trail since its inception in 2011 and took over managing and curating the Trail from 2013. 

Commissioned as part of the 'Hadleigh in Place'  (2013) programme of artists' residencies and commissions and commissioned in 2014 as part of the Essex Network of Artists' Studios (ENAS) Collaborative Artist Commissions programme. Both programmes were supported by funding from Essex County Council and Arts Council England.

More recently my projects have included the River Crouch Festival; creating a Heritage Trail for 'Jaywick for Happiness' and 'Echoes&Light', a video artwork for Hadleigh Old Fire Station's 85th anniversary project funded by the Heritage Lottery.

My practice reflects my passion for contemporary art and I have a strong motivation for working in the community and a commitment to promoting community engagement with the arts. Often immersing myself in the location, its history and daily life, the gathering of information, images, objects and ephemera plays a large part in my creative process. Through the work I aim to evoke a sense of the place in which it is conceived and shown.