Sue Palmer

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Artist making live performance, sound and moving image art work, often in collaboration with other artists, people and places.

A particular interest in public space, where people and everyday life are in circulation: parks, streets; visitors, guests, meetings; conversation and exchange. And art work is produced across form: moving image, sound work, presentation or live event, a band, a collection.

100 Year Old Band at Wellspring Bristol

Initiating and producing both individual work and collaborative projects with other artists, I have over 30 years of professional experience as an artist, producer and project manager, working in a diversity of contexts with people across age and background. I've made work for and with gardens, museums, festivals, historic houses, educational environments, care homes and fields.

Commissioners include: Gob Squad (Berlin), ANTI Festival Finland, Battersea Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, b-side multimedia arts, Arts Development Company Dorset, You & Your Work Bristol, Dorset AONB, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Earth Festival 2012, Mottisfont Abbey, Somerset Art Works, PVA Medialab, Bridport Arts Centre, Aune Head Arts, alongside other self-initiated Arts Council England funded projects.

street tree Vancouver

Teaching and lecturing includes Associate Lecturer in Performance at Dartington College of Arts (2001-2010), Visiting Lecturer at RHUL, Roehampton and Falmouth Universities (2010-16).

Based in Frome, Somerset, I’ve worked on projects across the UK and internationally in Republic of Georgia, Russia, Cameroon, USA, Finland and Germany.

In 2016, I was awarded a WCMT Fellowship to research Parks and People: innovative participation in public urban green space. Read and download the full research report here.


Inquilines: a blog and research project around art and nature.

bird in hand rescued from the road somerset

Moving image works and video documentation of projects

Selected sound works

RANE Research Associate (Research in Art, Nature & Environment)


Projects are listed here chronologically from current to previous work. For information about research, publications, presentations etc, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Contact : sue [at]

Current Work

‘Common Salt’ in collaboration with Sheila Ghelani – 2014 – 2018

Common Salt: a show and tell, a performance around a table, with artist Sheila Ghelani, on tour in 2018.

Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.

Sue and Sheila activate insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.

Common Salt is a reckoning; the interconnectedness between history and global power, artefact and trade, race and memory is hidden in plain sight.

Following a residency at B-side’s Outpost, Portland, Dorset, in May 2017, a work in progress was shown in July 2017. The piece is on tour in 2018 in London and South West England.

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects.

Prospectus 2017 – Somerset Art Works

Artist commissioned for a pilot project to create an alternative form of art school for the dispersed art community of Somerset, collaborating with 5 artists: Natalie Parsley, Fiona Hingston, Jenny Graham, Jon England and Isobel Adderley, working with Anna Best (Lead Artist).

Following an experimental residency, Prospectus produced a public programme of talks and workshops in the Autumn of 2017. I co-hosted a weekend talk and workshop with artist Florian Roithmayr in Frome.

Sydney Gardens Parks for People Project, Bath – 2017 ongoing

Community Ranger working on the Round 2 bid for an HLF Parks for People grant for Sydney Gardens in Bath, to restore and develop one of the last remaining 18th Century Pleasure Gardens: developing education and learning, designing and experimenting with activities, participation, inclusivity and accessibility.

Arts and cultural development in Dorset Libraries -2016

Commissioned by the Arts Development Company in Dorset, working in collaboration with Sandy Kirkby and Sally Watkins to research future arts and cultural provision in coastal and town libraries, through participatory consultation.

WCMT Travel Fellowship Award – 2016

Recipient of a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship 2016 to research innovation in participation in public urban green space, through travel to Berlin DE, Vancouver CA, Portland US over the summer and autumn of 2016.

The research is focused on urban parks and green space: social arts practice, urban design and planning, nature, cultivation and other innovation in public engagement. Read the full report of my research downloadable as a PDF from the WCMT website.


‘Mrs Marrow’ – a moving image work – ongoing

Patricia MarrowA film about Mrs Patricia Marrow, who for many years ran Kingsdon Nursery in Somerset, and is now in her 90s. I visited Patricia and her garden once a month over the year of 2014 to film her in the garden and talk about life and plants.

Currently in post-production for completion in 2018.

Shaftesbury park 2015Previous arts projects and works

Community Projects Manager

With South West London Environment Network (P/T 2014-2017) working to support Friends Groups of parks and public green spaces, environmental and biodiversity educational projects and events.

– Project Co-Manager for Urban Heat a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research project run by Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster about community resilience in response to the impact of heatwaves, working locally with the neighbourhood of Ivybridge, Hounslow (2015-16)

– Project Manager for A4A funded ‘Springtimes art, environment and education programme’: wildlife walks and talks, art workshops, exhibition, endangered species street engagement and participatory nature events across Richmond Borough (2016).

4 x a garden – Wells Cathedral School – 2015

Wells Cathedral School at Wells Deanery GardenWorking with Year 5 children of Wells Cathedral School, Somerset to create a moving image work 4 x a garden using iPads and homemade shoebox steadycam holders, at William Turner’s historic enclosed physic garden, The Old Deanery Garden. The film was exhibited at the school in June 2015.


Biophilia film channel – Dorset County Hospital – 2015

Dave Chown on Chesil BeachTwo screen based works showing as part of the Biophilia Film Channel at Dorset County Hospital produced by Art in Hospitals and Dorset AONB.  The two videos were developed from material made during the project 26 and 7 Bones in Dorset: Dave Chown, Bird Surveyor and Ornithologist and John Calder, Hedgelaying.

The Archivists education programme at Battersea Arts Centre 2015

Artist commissioned in collaboration with Ruth Cross for the 8 week education programme accompanying ‘The Archivists’ about evacuation during WWII at Battersea Arts Centre. Working with children from two Primary Schools and older people from Wandsworth U3A, we created an intergenerational exchange through letter writing, conversation and visual art work about home, loss, change and displacement.

‘The 100 Year Old Band’ in Berlin – 2014

The 100 Year Old Band at ‘Be Part of Something Bigger’ celebrating the art of collectives and 20 years of Gob Squad in November 2014 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany.

We brought 13 strangers together from the city of Berlin aged between 10 and 80 for one week to rehearse a Queen cover, for a one and only gig as part of ‘The Queen of Gob Squad’.  Go to The 100 Year Old Band website.


‘Our Good Neighbours’ for Battersea Arts Centre – 2014

‘The Neighbour Table’ – commissioned to run a series of artistic meetings and exchanges with older people in the Borough of Wandsworth as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Our Good Neighbours project.

‘The One Day Old Band’ for Cambridge Junction – 2014

The One Day Old Band for Cambridge Junction and Romsey Arts FestivalAn ‘all comers’ pan generational, multi-ability, genre transcending band commissioned by Cambridge Junction & Romsey Arts Festival, in collaboration with Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts – a one day version of our collaborative project ‘The 100 Year Old Band

One song, one gig, …. one day. 17 people from the city of Cambridge joined the band, aged between 10 and 70 – drums, gong, 3 guitars, ukulele, keytar, kazoo, keyboard, bass, harmonica and 7 singers including 2 sets of twins. We wrote an original song ‘The Animals’ and played live at the one and only gig at Hope Street Yard, Cambridge. The drummer, Lucas, wrote a review!

‘Succession’ at ‘Bodies in Land’ Film Festival, Abercych, 2014

Still from 'Succession (for the blackbird)‘Succession (for the Blackbird)’ shown at movement artist Simon Whitehead’s ongoing annual event ‘Maynard’ in rural West Wales. Bodies in Land Film Festival took place in Abercych in May 2014.  Films were shown throughout the village, in the village hall, a cottage, the pub, an artist’s studio and a mansion.


Walk and talk in Fortuneswell for B-side – 2013

Walk and talk with sue and joff at FortuneswellArtist working in collaboration with Joff Winterhart, commissioned by B-side, to lead a conversational walk around Fortuneswell, drawing on connections made on our previous participatory projects, as part of Resonant Terrains, B-side’s symposium on Portland.

Read the review of the symposium and our walk by Helen Stratford on a-n.


‘Flowers, where is the garden’ – 2013

Plant label from HadspenArtist commissioned by Somerset Art Works to make new work in moving image for the Abundance Garden Trail for Somerset Art Weeks 2013.

Flowers, where is the garden‘ is a screen-based piece, with accompanying print work inspired by the Pope’s Hadspen Garden near Castle Cary which closed in 2005.

The work was exhibited at Tintinhull Manor. Watch ‘Flowers, where is the garden’ screen based work. Download the printwork as a PDF.

Eel Pie Island Music Project – 2013

Project Manager for ‘The Eel Pie Island Music Project‘, a Heritage Lottery Funded project produced by Aurora Metro Arts & Media, celebrating the extraordinary music history of Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, South West London through an exhibition, film documentary, oral history collection, a book, education and training, and live music events.


An artist brief with Dorset AONB – 2013

Artwork AONBArtist commissioned by Dorset AONB to assist in production of a new ‘Culture Chapter’ for 5 year Management Plan (2014-19).

My work included research, dialogue across partnerships and organisations, leading on artist consultation, presentation of findings, reports and developing potential partnership commissions for future art-environment projects.

Transitions II – 2012-13

a house with two backdoors Project artist for a 6 month programme of work produced by Epping Forest Arts, collaborating with carers at Ashlar House in Epping, to develop arts activity for elderly people with severe dementia.

‘The Market Stall for Meadows and Grasslands’ – 2012

Market Stall for Meadows and Grasslands in WellsArtist, researcher and consultant for Somerset Wildlife Trust and Plantlife UK, collaborating with artist Simon Lee Dicker creating an experimental ‘Market Stall’ touring Somerset Town Markets in November 2012, engaging the public and raising awareness about the decline in species-rich meadowland for the national Plantlife project Magnificent Meadows. Our consultation, recommendations and data compiled with collaborator Jo Morland, was key to a successful Stage 2 HLF grant award for the national project in 2014-15, which included major project funding for the Somerset ‘Magnificent Meadows’ programme.

‘Routes to the River Tone’ – 2012

Blackbrook Adventure WalkArtist, researcher and consultant creating three site-specific events along the River Tone in Taunton Somerset, to devise and trial creative activities connecting people (in particular new audiences) with nature, in collaboration with Simon Lee Dicker, and commissioned by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Our project and consultation led to a major successful Stage 2 HLF Grant being awarded to SWT for the Routes to the River Tone Project (2014-15).

Exhibiting artist with OSR Projects, Somerset – 2012

Woman and PonyAssociate Artist for ‘Everything and More’: a collection of ‘unfinished and unfinishable’ artwork, by OSR Projects, West Coker, Somerset for SAW Open Studios.

Screen based work included: Succession (for the Blackbird) and ‘The Invigilators Look After The Sticks’, with still image and object work from the unrealised ‘Difficult Pony’ project.

Exhibition Review by Karen MacDonald.


‘The 100 Year Old Band’ at Y&YW9 Bristol – 2012

100 year old band at wellspringArtist collaboration with Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts (Bucky), commissioned by You & Your Work: 10 people from the city of Bristol make a band crossing generations and genres – one person from each decade. Band members invited through word of mouth, chance encounter on the streets, community networks and city centre traffic jams.

The 100 Year Old Band performed their one and only song at The Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill and at Arnolfini, as part of the Y&YW9 festival 15th-16th June 2012.

Zoe aged 10 and Ged aged 83

Video documentation of the The 100 year Old Band performing live.

’26 and 7 Bones’ – 2012

Artist collaboration with Sally Watkins creating and producing 26 and 7 bones, working along the Jurassic seaboard with 16 people who use their hands (27 bones) and/or feet (26 bones) to navigate or investigate the Dorset coast, including a freediver, embroiderer, coastguard, blacksmith and foot surgeon – the ‘and’ of the hand.

Public event with visual, sound and creative presentations by the artists and project participants on 26th & 27th May at the Salt House, West Bay, Dorset, as part of Earth Festival 2012.

’26 and 7 score’ performed on a music box: a distillation of components through a series of mathematical processes, with video playlist of project documentation.

Sally Watkins and Rob Sansom

– Invited as a ‘live respondent’ as part of the BONE exhibition curated by Rhiannon Armstrong and Simon Gould at Florence Nightingale Museum in London (August 2012), and to contribute to the visual collection.

‘Punk Somerset’ – a sewn work – 2012

Visual artist exhibiting ‘Punk Somerset’ made specifically for the artist exchange project ‘a gift for Somerset’ for Cultivate 2 exhibition at Brewhouse Taunton.

Grey Guide (1950s) to the county and towns of Somerset, with sewn autobiographical details from the teenage life of the artist.

‘The Good Neighbour’ at BAC – 2012

Researcher for Univited Guests and Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘The Good Neighbour’ performance project, connecting with community groups and individuals around Clapham Junction through conversation and interview.

‘Garden of Reason’ – video documentation – 2012

Video maker, commissioned by curator Tessa Fitzjohn, of short video exploring selected artists’ making processes for the Garden of Reason contemporary arts programme at Ham House, Richmond in 2012, shown online and in the visitor resource room throughout the exhibition. Artists include Graeme Miller, Daphne Wright, Kathleen Herbert and Tom Dale.

Residency at Mottisfont Abbey – 2011-12

Artist commission at the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.

Commissioned as part of the pilot programme ‘A Place for Art’ to work through conversation and exchange using digital media with selected staff and volunteers, to create a series of short videos in response to ‘an observation or task that you do, something particular perhaps unknown by others, and exhibited at the gallery over 2012.

An additional sound work was made of Mottisfont Abbey being locked up at the end of the day ‘From east to west, up then down‘.


The 100 Year Old Band at ANTI, Finland – 2011

Sue and Joff in KuopioArtist commissioned in collaboration with Joff Winterhart, Simon Roberts (Bucky) and Finnish musician Tatu Metsapelto to produce The 100 Year Old Band at ANTI Festival in Kuopio, Finland to celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday with ‘A Song for the Decade’.

One band, one song, one week: a band made up of people crossing the decades – from 6 years to 88 and upwards, including accomplished musicians and the people we recruited on the streets of Kuopio, writing and performing one song.

Click here to read more about the band at ANTI Festival 2011, and to watch the festival documentary.

Watch videos of the gig and rehearsals. And listen to the song!

‘Nox Lucere’ – Exhibited video work – 2011

‘Nox Lucere’ exhibited as part of the ‘Night of Light’ for Somerset Art Works at Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton – September 2011

B-side encounter: ‘Moreton out and about’ – 2011

Sound artist working with students from Westfield Arts Technology College in Littlemoor, Weymouth, Dorset, to produce a series of short audio pieces for broadcast on their student radio station AIR, (with support from Pedro Calero).  The project was commissioned by b-side.

Listen to the sound works here.  (Photo by Pete Millson).


‘Try this on, become something other with me’ – 2011

Artist commissioned by Brewhouse in Taunton to make new site specific work for micro festival, May 2011, using backstage spaces of the Theatre.

Raiding the props and costume store, I filled the backstage Dressing Rooms with costumes and objects accumulated over years of productions staged at the theatre.  I invited visitors to dress up with me, to create extraordinary outfits of unexpected combinations. Each costume collaboration ended with a photograph, and a momentary exposure to passersby, at the backstage door.

Two short videos as documentation: ‘Try this on …’ a collection of portraits of the costume encounters here, and for a video with some dancing too, go here.

‘hand, fur, hair’ – Exhibited video work – 2011

‘hand, fur, hair’ about human hands and animal contact (4’14 loop).

Exhibited as part of the Taunton Brewhouse Arts Centre ‘England, my England’ Festival, April – May 2011.

‘Around Here and Out There’ – 2011

all saints on the horizon

Artist commissioned by Somerset Art Works for an intergenerational creative project working in collaboration with artist Simon Lee Dicker.

We invited residents of Langport and surrounding villages (aged under 25 and over 50) on a free coach trip to see the Wonders of Weston and to use the day out together to reflect on the potential of Langport’s public space.  Inspired by the work of artist Tim Etchells in Weston we worked together to create texts for the glass windows and doors of Langport in Somerset. Read more on the project blog here.  And short video document about the project: ‘we went on a coach trip together’.

‘Outside In’ Dorset – 2010

a picture of mrs stoodley from bridport

Lead artist commissioned by PVA MediaLab and Bridport Arts Centre for 5 day place-responsive digital arts workshop in Bridport with young people (14-19yrs), making animation, still and moving image work (with filmakers Joff Winterhart and Stephen Clarke). Through public engagement with residents and passersby in Bucky Doo Square, a site-specific video projection work was produced for the windows of the Bridport Arts Centre and exhibited from February 2011.  Go here for the ‘Bridport People’ playlist and project documentation.

The No 1 Bus – B-side 2010

Joff's drawing of Jordan and TomArtist working in collaboration with drawing artist Joff Winterhart on the No 1 Bus between Weymouth and Portland for the B-side multimedia festival, Dorset, September 2010, commissioned by PVA MediaLab and B-side.  Talking, drawing and songwriting with passengers and drivers during the festival – giving original drawings to public (and keeping the carbon copies to make a book).

The ‘No 1 single’ was written especially for the bus inspired by our meetings and conversations (written and recorded in collaboration with musician Simon Roberts), and ‘released’ during B-side, with 50 limited edition CDs distributed and free download available. Listen and download here.


Documentation includes “The No 1 Bus Drawing Book”, a collection of Joff’s drawings and Sue’s writing, and a series of photographs of the ‘handovers’ with the passengers and drivers.  An edited version of ‘The No 1 Bus Drawing Book’ was published in a limited edition of 40 in May 2011 by LabCulture.  Click here to see an 8 minute video short of the project and making process.




Around Here – ‘This Garden’ 2010

This Garden

Artist commissioned by Somerset Art Works in collaboration with Simon Lee Dicker to explore the art of place making in Langport, Somerset.

We engaged with public spaces through play and growing, consulted with residents and community organisations and made creative interventions in Langport as part of Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios Event 71, October 2010.

Biggerhouse – Caring for Teeth – 2010

Session leader with Tom Stubbs, Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts making the NHS commissioned DVD, working in four care homes in Somerset with elderly people and care workers, conversing about life stories and singing about teeth.

For extract of the film, go here.

Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts : 2001 – 2010

klaus lying with stone in his mouth in a broken wall

Teaching contemporary devised collaborative theatre, both studio and site-based practice at the internationally renowned Dartington College of Arts in Devon (relocated to Falmouth 2010).

– Lecturer across BA Undergraduate Programme in contemporary performance composition, collaborative and contextual practice and critical theory.  Mentor and assessor for final year graduating practical work, written research papers, including pastoral student care, learning support and portfolio/journal making.

– Module Coordinator for first year devised theatre and site-based performance from 2004-10 (managing both independently and alongside permanent staff): course planning and management, hosting visiting lecturers, creating and managing ‘Moodle’.

– Representative in the Theatre Department for Associate Theatre Lecturers

– Participant and presenter for Department course reviews, planning and assessment (2006-2009).

Dartington’s approach to working with context and place was highly influential in the international field of contemporary performance practice. I worked alongside Phil Smith and Simon Persighetti (Wrights and Sites), Sally Watkins, Katie Etheridge and David Williams.

Hosted artists included: Gob Squad, Forced Entertainment, Mike Pearson, Goat Island, Simon Whitehead, Rosemary Lee, Rosie Dennis, Lone Twin.


‘Eat Dartington’ – 2010

Sue and Maritea with the gingerbread modelArtist collaboration. To mark the end of the college at Dartington, I worked with graduating theatre student Maritea Daehlin to build gingerbread models of the college studios and buildings, for Festival 2010 (as part of ‘Shaking Hands With Ghosts’). Following a short performance piece, we invited people to ‘eat Dartington’. Video documentation here.

For David William’s document of the event and the performance text go here.

‘Routes River Rail’ a connectivity study – 2010

old book

Lead Artist and Consultant commissioned by Taunton Deane Borough Council for a ‘Connectivity and Legibility Study for Taunton Deane’ – a coordinated approach to public art commissioning through community and partnership consultation.

Working in collaboration with Diana Hatton (Public Art Advisor) and mentor to artist Natalie Parsley, we worked through interview, conversation and still and moving image making to collaborate with residents, shop keepers and organisations.

It's what we could affordSymposium and recommendation document produced for councillors, representatives from the RDA, CABE, the TDBC Public Art Panel and partner organisations.

Soundings (Reach Devon) – 2009

Greta Waycott at Venville House
Lead Artist for intergenerational project in rural Devon making sound programmes drawing on the lived experience of residents and participants. Using specially designed packs of question cards alongside drawing and animation, Soundings brought together older and younger people to dialogue around mental health, age and well being.

In Princetown, digital animations were produced with residents, through collaborating with animator and drawing artist Joff Winterhart. 2 audio programmes were produced for broadcast radio.

Listen to ‘What we are made of’ – the Princetown programme, currently part of the Forest Fringe Touring Sound Library

Joff Gladys and Great at VenFor more info about Soundings, and Reach Devon, produced by Aune Head Arts and Villages in Action, go here. The Reach Initiative, funded by the NHS and ACE to explore new ways of working at the meeting point between art and health, won a Royal Society for Public Health Award in 2010.

Made In Somerset – 2009

devising at dartington collage of arts

Producer for Made 2009, commissioned by Take Art, to bring new ideas and strategies for making into the biennial event for performance makers in Somerset: a ‘Practice’ event in collaboration with Dominic Somers / TheatreWorks showing new experimental work, including Martin O’Brien, and Symposium with Emma Stenning, Executive Director of Bristol Old Vic and Sjoerd Wagenaar from PeerGroup, Netherlands.

‘Transience’ a digital artwork – 2008

A bird in the hand

Commissioned Artist for a web-based artwork as part of the Somerset Artworks / Neroche Scheme ‘Revealing the Landscape’, Neroche, Blackdown Hills, Somerset-Devon border. The work explores migratory and transitory paths made by humans and non-humans across the Neroche landscape.

Working over the 11 months, through walking and driving, encounter and conversation, I collected materials for a Flash programmed interactive map: short videos, texts and images.

Transience maps some of the migrations and movements of seeds, birds, earth, butterflies, people, weather, satellites, water, cars and moths.

the map for the website of Transience (put sound on)

Documentation / process:

Transience moving image work here



‘It Is For The Tiger’ – 2005-09

Tigers at LongleatArtist, maker and producer – A solo ‘performance talk’ about tigers and humans, that looked closely at our relations with tigers, wildlife rescue and adopt, anthropomorphic corporate behaviour, our love.

Performed at (2005-08): Made In Somerset, Dartington College of Arts, Georgia State University Atlanta, Exeter Phoenix, Fareham Library Dads n Lads Group, The Phoenix Project Glastonbury, Anti-Static Festival at the Brewhouse Taunton, Desire Lines Arts and Ecology Conference at DCA, Devon, Arts Depot London, Bristol Mayfest 2008 and Buckland Dinham, Frome.

Go to the project archive here.  To watch video excepts from the performance talk go to the video playlist here.

‘Difficult Pony’ – 2007

Difficult Pony

Artist researching around horses and women, girls and ponies, and making a series of short experimental videos, texts and animations in the process. Some of the work was included in OSR’s ‘Everything and More’ as an ‘unfinished project’. To be continued….

Watch Gymkhana & Jumping

Visiting Artist at Georgia State University – 2006


Artist and collaborator. Invited by visual artist Pam Longobardi to the Arts Faculty, Atlanta, Georgia USA for presentations of performance both documented and live, discussion and sessions with students.

Collaborative video installation “Murmuration – Aplexus/Starling” exhibited at the Air Quality and Climate Summit, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA, May 3-4 2006.

‘psi: mid space’ – 2003-04

Sue in the Ganzfeld

Artist, performer and producer of Arts Council England funded devised performance project touring South West England including Dartington College of Arts and Cheltenham Festival of Science.

Using performance, video, intensive research and conversation with audiences to explore psychic phenomena and the power of thought, and experimental ‘psi’ research with internationally recognised parapsychologist Dr Serena Roney Dougal, and clairvoyant/artist Carolyn Findlay.

‘psi: mid space’ was made in collaboration with performance artists Vic Llewellyn, Lisa Griffiths and filmmaker Stephen Clarke. The archived project website holds much of the research gathered on psi and the Ganzfeld, moving and still image.

Drawing of red energy by Carolyn Findlay

Research papers presented and published for the Society of Psychical Research and University of Plymouth.


Phoenix Project – A feast for the eyes – 2002

black and white food installation at Phoexix ProjectArtist working as part of an artist group for week long project creating a new installation every day to be eaten by the visiting public (part of Somerset Arts Week 2002) at The Phoenix Project Glastonbury, a donation run artist space.

‘Hair Raising’: A Year of the Artist Residency – 2001

Hair Raising

Artist and Producer of interdisciplinary arts residency all about hair, in GJs Hair Salon, Shepton Mallet, Somerset: a devised site specific performance in collaboration with Vic Llewellyn, with audio documentaries made about hair trauma, story books, magazines and installations in the salon.

Invited as key contributor to South West Arts YOTA assessment symposium. Project featured in the publication ‘365 Year of the Artist in the South West’ and in New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press – May 2002).  ‘Hair Raising’ archived here.

(Drawing by Joff Winterhart)

‘The Price of Clouds’ – 2001

Sue working with salt
Artist and performer – A site-specific work produced in residence at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin at Coniston, Cumbria: an 18 minute ‘performed’ guided tour of the Dining Room for the general public visiting the museum, resulting from intensive research and study of Ruskin’s life and work (2001).


Biggerhouse Productions – 1998-2001

Gareth being interviewed
Co-Director, producer and programme maker for Biggerhouse Productions, founded with Stephen Clarke, to create new and original work for live events, video and the web:

Glastonbury Net Radio: one of the first Internet Radio Stations in the UK using Real Player netcasting 15 original programmes from the site: documentaries, discussion, drama, new writing, with a specific commitment to the arts and social change. Over 100,000 listeners over 2 years (1999-2001).

Productions included:

Augusto Boal - Artangel project

Theatre, Politics and Social Change – Augusto Boal and the Art of Legislation: documenting the Artangel produced event in the former GLC debating chamber, London.

Tracing the Map: a 45 minute audio documentary in 4 parts about the changing face of Glastonbury High Street from 1900 to 2000.  Listen to ‘Tracing the Map’ in four short parts.


Freelance performer, producer and maker – 1995-98

Bamboo TheatreArtist and deviser with Wrights and Sites for ‘The Quay Thing’, a four month season of ACE funded project making site-specific performance in Exeter (1998).

Artist, Puppeteer and Maker for Horse and Bamboo Theatre‘s Visions of Hildegard and The Legend of The Creaking Floorboard – 7 month national and international tours including 3 month summer horse-drawn tours (1996-97).

Teacher and director – 1984 – 2005

Working with eggsNumerous devising theatre residencies, training and skill share in educational contexts, with Theatre-In-Education programmes for Primary Schools, performing arts sessions for Tertiary Colleges across South West England including:

– Directing final production of graduating theatre students in production of Garcia’s One Hundred Years of Solitude at Somerset College, Taunton.
– Director and workshop leader of A Monkey’s Tale, a youth theatre production at Belmont Arts Centre, Telford.
– Co-Director of a series of 3 residencies with BTEC students at Strode College, Street.

Visiting Lecturer to MA in Cultural Performance at Bristol University, Bristol.

FieldDirector and facilitator ofField’ an arts lab residential weekend for performers and practitioners from South West UK, produced by Take Art and funded by ACE in experimental performance and exchange of methodologies and practice (2005).

Founder member of Gog Theatre – 1982-92

One of South West England’s leading companies project funded by Arts Council South West. Specialised in new devised performance work for regional and national touring, and international cultural exchange. Core member: performing, directing, teaching, administrating, managing and producing.

British Council funded International theatre exchange programme with Rustaveli Young Company of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia 1989-90. Tour of ‘Birdman’ to Republic of Georgia 1989, and return tour by Rustaveli to UK with ‘The Stepmother’ 1990.



youth theatre exchange

Somerset Soviet Youth Theatre Exchange 1989-90: Co-director and producer of the first independent youth theatre exchange between UK and Russia.  23 young people aged 14-18 brought together to form a new Somerset Youth Theatre, to exchange with the Bridge Youth Theatre from St Petersburg. The Russian and English groups devised a play together for public performances at Hotel Leningrad 1989, with return visit to Somerset for collaborative devising theatre residency with public performances in Taunton and Glastonbury.

Performance Work 1982-87: Series of devised T.I.E and regional touring productions to schools, arts centres and theatres, including: ‘Gi’us A Light’ (1983), ‘Ambitions’ by Phil Smith  (1984), ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ (1984-85), ‘Into Africa’ (1986), ‘A Comin’ Home’ (1987).

MagdalenePerformer, Producer and Maker: Magdalene – solo show touring to UK colleges, arts centres and festivals, including International Meeting of Solo Performance in Lugano, Switzerland hosted by Teatro Delle Radici (92-95).




MA in Cultural Performance 1999-2001

From MA in Cultural Performance
Bristol University (with Welfare State International).

Place-responsive performance and installation combining critical theory with practice as research – ‘ecologies of theatre’, participatory public art practices.

– Research project producing a random access real space/cyberspace documentation on PLATFORM – an interdisciplinary company working in arts, social justice and education.

– Resident artist/maker for the public exhibition ‘Season of Shadows’ at WSI in Cumbria collaborating with WSI artists and Cambodian Shadow Puppeteers

General information : Research, music, writing and volunteering


Art and environment.

Public space, particularly parks and urban green space.

Place responsive, dialogical and participatory practices.

Screen based and digital media.

Consciousness, the structure and workings of the mind, the field of psi, interdependency.


Sue and Joff at ANTI – Participant on Bucky‘s album ‘Women, Ladies and Girls Sing The Bucky Songbook’ for ‘Collage/Mosaic‘ (2012)

– Conductor and Director of the Avalonian Free State Choir, with performances on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival and Hereford Three Choirs festival (1992-1995)

– Backing vocalist with John Cartwright and Jaki Whitren‘s Court of Miracles Band (1987 – 1990)

– Guitarist and vocalist with The Pompeii Stiffs (1978-79)


Published writing


No 1 Bus Drawing Book

– Contributing writer to Sheila Ghelani’s pocket book ‘Rambles with Nature’ (2015)

– Selected work in Landing Stages, the published and ebook collection of writings and photographs selected from the Ashden Directory and Ashdenizen, edited by Wallace Heim and Eleanor Margolies (2015).

– Guest contributor to ‘Metaphors of Sustainability‘ on the Ashdenizen blog (2011)

The No 1 Bus Drawing Book with drawings by Joff Winterhart, text by Sue Palmer, published by LabCulture Ltd, Dorset (2011) as limited edition of 40 (ISBN 9788-0-9560187-1-7)

Guest writer for The Ashden Directory environment and the performing arts website, with 3 articles for Flowers On Stage (2010), and featured in the Ashden Directory e-book of features (2014 release): The Daffodil, The Lungwort, Snake’s head fritillaries

– ‘psi: mid space – the ganzfeld as source for performance’: The Liquid Reader, The Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University (2005)

Hair Raising– ‘Hair Raising featured in Fiona Wilkie, Mapping The Terrain: A Survey of Site-Specific Performance in Britain, New Theatre Quarterly 70 (8:2), (2002), and 365 – Year of The Artist in the South West, Bob Butler, Bridport: Agre Books (2001)


Public and Educational Presentations

Head and Sky

People, place, participation – a presentation for MA Applied Theatre students at RHUL, 2015.

The 100 Year Old Band at ANTI – a joint presentation with Gregg Whelan (Lone Twin) at Falmouth University Performance Centre, 2014

Abundance – garden landscapes and social politics – a joint presentation with Hannah Still, Frome, Somerset, 2013

Lean Into, a joint presentation with Dr David Williams as part of the ‘Ecology and Environment Lecture Series’, Theatre Department, Aberystwyth University, 2012.

Transience – a digital landscape artwork, a paper given at Living Landscapes International Conference, Aberystwyth University, 2009

Horse muzzleA murmuration – contemporary performance making, a presentation given at Arts Faculty, Georgia State University, USA, by invitation of Pam Longobardi, 2006

psi:mid space – the Ganzfeld as source for performance at Altered States, University of Plymouth 2005, and at the International Conference of the Society of Psychical Research, Winchester 2004



Planters at Urban Physic GardenUrban Physic Garden: Horticultural volunteer, produced by Wayward Plants in Southwark – 2011

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens: as part of Rose and Hardy Team – 2011-12

Vauxhall City Farm: riding for the disabled and horse care – 2011

Gunnersbury Nature Reserve: conservation, photography and educational sessions for children – 2013

Horticultural volunteer for Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow exploring history of Twickenham’s Market Gardens – 2014

Song Thrush Species Action Plan Co-Lead – Richmond Biodiversity Partnerhsip – 2014-2016