Born in Manchester, Susan Stockwell is currently a part-time Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Visual Art at the University of East London. She holds an MA from The Royal College of Art, London and a BA (Hons) Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
Her work draws on everyday materials that are manipulated and transformed into extraordinary sculptures, collages and installations questioning ecology, historic and present day trade, and the post and neo-colonial implications of global commerce.
She has received awards and grants including the ‘Taiwan-England Artists Fellowship Programme', British Council, Arts Council of England, Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan (2007); ‘Mapping Project' (Iniva) London UK (2007); ‘A.H.R.C. Small Grants for the Arts' (2005-07) and ‘Annie McCall Heritage Project' European Funding Board (2000-04).
In 2007 she was an artist in residence at the ‘Taiwan-England Artists Fellowship Programme', British Council, Arts Council of England, Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan. In 2009 she was an artist in residence at ‘Mapping the Body', The Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK. Earlier, in 2005-6 she was an artist in residence at Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China.
Her solo exhibitions include an installation Flood at York St Marys (York City Art Gallery) 18 June-31 October 2010; Susan Stockwell Selected Works at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London in 2001; Vulnerable Ecologies Art league, Houston, Texas USA (2009); B-side Ecology, The HONG Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan (2008); This and That, Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China (2006); Paper, Steel, Paper, 20/21 Visual Art Centre, Scunthorpe, UK (2006) and Susan Stockwell Selected Works, The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK (2002).
Her recent group exhibitions include Quilts from 1700 to the Present Day, Hidden Histories, Untold Stories at the V&A until 4 July 2010; Creative Compass at the Royal Geographic Society until 2 July and Here and Again at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art until 26 June. Other group exhibitions she has participated in include Dress Codes, The Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA (2009); Beijing Biennale 2008, Beijing, China (2008); Mapping the Imagination, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK (2008), and The Biggest Draw, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK (2005).