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Dr Susan Liggett

Reader in Art and Design

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Dr Susan Liggett

Room: R26a, Regent Street Campus


+44 (0) 1978 293906


Dr Susan Liggett is a Reader in Art and Design and Head of the Media Art and Design Research Centre.

She teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme the MFA and also supervise PhD students in art and design. Her art practice has been predominantly within the discipline of painting although more recently she has made collaborative digital videos and has applied her research to health care settings.

Susan has been working at Glyndŵr University since 2000 and prior to this was an artist working in a studio in London, exhibiting her paintings. She continues to paint, exhibit and curate exhibitions and also writes papers for conferences and art and design research related publications. She is an associate member of SUITE STUDIO group Salford, Manchester and is the founding member of PaintClub NW, a group that provides a forum for critical dialogue for contemporary painters in the North West and North Wales area.

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PhD, ‘Psychological Resonance’ and its Relationship to Site in the work of Five Contemporary Painters’ the University of Wales (2008).

Post Graduate Diploma in Painting (MA),  The Royal Academy Schools, London (1994)

BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University (1989).



Susan Liggett teaches theory and practice-based modules across the BA (Hons) Fine Art and MFA programmes. She supervises research students in the School of Media Art and Design and provides leadership in supporting new supervisors and encouraging staff to engage in research. She also has experience in examining research degrees students.

Her research informs her teaching and for example; students work alongside her in the life room as part of studio modules and participate in live projects that she has instigated in healthcare settings as part of their creative futures modules.

Conference Proceedings/Papers

2016        Liggett S., McClenaghen M., (2016) “It wasn’t what I thought I was making”: Managing uncertainty in a speculative space​National Association of Fine Art Educators (NAFAE) Conference, London.

2015       Heald, K., & Liggett, S. (2013) Time and the chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In:Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B. ed. Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, pp.401-409.

2013       Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University, pp.381-388.

2010       Conference paper Visualising the Invisible: Arts and Science Collaboration presented as part of the Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition (21 – 24 April 2010)at Columbia College, Chicago, USA, in collaboration with Karen Heald, Prof Rob Poole and Dr Richard Tranter.

2009       Conference Paper Horizons and Timelines presented as part of the ESA Research Network, Sociology for the Arts, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal ‘European Society or European Societies’ (2 - 5 September 2009) in collaboration with Karen Heald and Professor Paul Haywood.

2009       Conference Paper Artist Residency: Psychiatric Unit presented as part of the ESA Research Network Sociology for the Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal ‘European Society or European Societies’ (2 – 5 September 2009) in collaboration with Karen Heald.

Collaborative Exhibitions

2016    Moving Minds, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

2015       Slippage: the unstable nature of difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester. Curated by Lesley Halliwell and Jo Thorne.

2013       In-between-ness exhibition of video performance / installations, video stills and paintings from the artist’s response to the In-between-ness project, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales (6th September – 4th November, 2013), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.

2013       In-between-ness: Using  art to capture the changes to the self during antidepressant treatment collaborative exhibition of video installations, video stills, paintings and artist books as part of the Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK, (2nd - 5th July,2013) Karen Heald, Susan Liggett Rob Poole, Richard Tranter & participants.

2013       In-Betweenness, Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon.

2011       Heald, K & Liggett (2011) Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation  Friday 14th-30th September 2011, Galleria Perela, Salzida dei Greci, Castello 3459, 30122 Venezia.

UK based, artist Marina Moreno, elysium Gallery with ART-E-MOTION presents Vending Machine: an Installation, which features the work of both UK based and International artists.

Painting Exhibitions

2014       Resilience, Congo Projects, Rogue Studios Manchester

2014       Shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize

2012       Selbstportraits – nur ich?, Kunsthauschen Herrliberg, Switzerland.

2005       Borderlands , Exhibition and exhibition catalogue, Galeria Bielsko, Bielsko-Biala, Poland.

2005       On the Brink, Galeria Sukiennice, Krakow, Poland.

2005       Ways of Looking in Something Light: Notes on Abstraction, exhibition catalogue and exhibition, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndŵr University.

2003       Red Door Studio selected artists, Red Door Studio, London.

1999       New Paintings: Susan Liggett, Niki Nemec and Kwai Lau, The Hart Gallery, London.

1998       One person show downstairs at the Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

1997       The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

1996       The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

1996       Borderlands, Bleddfa, Powys, Wales, Eros 1, Coventry Gallery, Old Street, London, One person show, The Smiths Gallery, London.

1995       The Tavistock Clinic, London, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, Space Awards,The Raw Gallery, London.              

1994       The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, Contemporary Arts Society, Royal Festival Hall, London, Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London.

Susan Liggett’s research has two strands; a solitary studio practice whereby she paints and exhibits and a collaborative practice where she looks for opportunities to apply her knowledge and experience as a painter to useful contexts such as health and wellbeing and the curating of exhibitions.

Her earlier paintings were landscape-based and non -representational in approach, but now the paintings are representational and explore broader concepts of memory and time rather than specific places and people. You can see more at

The years of experience of her working in a studio as a painter and her PhD research into the notion of ‘psychological resonance’ in relation to ‘site’ in the work of 5 contemporary painters has led to research into the creative process.  In particular an exploration of the place within creativity that individuals find unable to articulate verbally how they connect to something specific when lost in the process of making.  She has written papers and presented her collaborative work at conferences and exhibited artworks nationally and internationally.

The collaborative project In-between-ness is an example of a research project with artist/filmmaker Karen Heald where collaborative films were made in response to our experience of working with the participants on the project.  The In-between-ness study was a novel collaboration between professional artists, clinical researchers and people suffering from depression; to extend the exploration of experiential effects of antidepressant treatment. The research team worked closely with the participants at the Hergest Psychiatrist Unit, Bangor to explore the effects of treatment for depression.

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