Professor Sue Williams

Communication, both sexual and cerebral, is vital to Sue's work and through the collaboration between the medical and artistic worlds she aspires to understand more fully the emotional implications within the dynamics of sexual relationships and family relationships and how both gender are made vulnerable through the lack of open conversation.

Professor Sue Williams

This collaboration THROB is between Sue Williams and Cardiologist Dr.Ossei-Gerning of the University Hospital Wales and this work has been adopted as a Clinical Research Portfolio with the NHS Research Council.

Dr Ossei-Gerning is aware that if the penis stops functioning the heart will experience mechanical problems within 5 years and Sue’s work uses the heart and penis as powerful ‘metaphors’ for emotional and sexual communications between two people. The interplay of these two areas is relevant to the issues of sexual dysfunction enabling an articulate and more open approach to such a taboo subject area.

Supported Arts Council of Wales; University Wales Trinity Saint David; Research, Innovation & Enterprises Services and Dr Matt Briggs (Principal Research Development officer); Ms Maria Battle, Chair of the Cardiff & Vale Health Board and the CRP of UHW.

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000

Full academic profile

Selected Publications/Catologues

2015    OPEN BOOKS  (no. 2)

2014    “Houston, we have a problem” Artisterium, Centre for Contemporary Art Tbilisi, Georgia

2013    OPEN BOOKS (no. 1)

2010    ‘We have the walls, we have the plans’ Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales

2009    NY Arts Magazine  April 2009 edition

2007    GOOD FOUNDATIONS by Paul Glinkowski  Funded and produced by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation

2006    Artes Mundi International Art Prize 2006

‘small talk, high heels’ Sue Williams – commissioned by the Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea

nominated for Open frequency 

NY Arts Magazine  Jan/Feb 2007 edition

2005    IIMAGING THE IMAGINATION by Christine Kinsey and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan. Gomer Publications

2004    ELSEWHERE – Glyn Vivian Gallery publication written by Hugh Adams

2003    IMAGING WALES contemporary art in context by Hugh Adams Seren Publications

HERE & NOW essays on contemporary art in Wales by Iwan Bala and published by Seren Publications Ltd

2001    SUE WILLIAMS written by Iwan Bala. Planet Publications

DARLLEN DELWEDDAU written by Iwan Bala. Carreg Gwalch Publication

META  -  Imaging the Imagination

2000    The Artists Project presents CLEAN SLATE and The European Artists Network Conference

'PAINTING Ysbryd - Spirit Wales' - Contemporary Practise with Paint. Forward written by Art Critic Norbert Lynton

 Selected Solo Exhibitions/Works


  • TOUCHY Gallery ten Cardiff
  • FEELY BayArt Gallery Cardiff
  • THROB: EXPOSURE at National Museum & Galleries of Wales (8 Nov 2015) Presentation and expose by collaborative artists
  • THROB: PERFORMANCE at The Riverfront (13 Nov 2015) Staged performance by collaborative artists


  •  ‘POKE ME’ Ffin y Parc Galery, Conwy, North Wales
  •  ‘POKE ME!’ SL Gallery, London

2011 ongoing

  •  ‘CRACKED’ a multi-medium collaboration with National Dance Company Wales, Millennium Centre, Wales
  • ‘Phantoms of us’ collaboration with choreographer Eleesha Drennan


  •  ‘STRAPLESS’ a dialogue between Artist and Psychoanalyst new works under the umbrella title ‘TULU GIRLS’
  •  IMBUE’ collaboration with choreographer Aleesha Drennon
  • National Dance Company Wales, Millennium Centre Wales


  •  ‘SHH!’ drawing installation from ‘dirty linen on line’ series
  • National Dance Company Wales, Millennium Centre Wales


  •  ‘small talk, high heels’  alongside Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Ireland


  • ‘small talk, high heels’ National Gallery of Harare, Zimbabwe
  • ‘small talk, high heels’ National Gallery of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


  • A Glyn Vivian touring exhibition ‘small talk, high heels’
  • Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales
  • Open Frequency, Axis -
  • Artes Mundi 2006


  • Three Parts Iced Over.
  • A Striking Attitudes total theatre performance and exhibition, Cardiff


  • Washington Gallery, Penarth, South Glamorgan. Wales


  • ‘ALL HERS’ Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Gwent. Wales
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Welsh Parliamentary Buildings, Brussels

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • “Exquisite Corpse”  Gold + Beton  Ebertplatzpassagen, Koln
  • Frenando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid


  • “Exquisite Corpse” Fuse Art Space, Bradford


  •  “Houston, we have a problem” Artisterium, Centre for Contemporary Art 
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • OPEN BOOKS The Hui Gallery CUHK in Hong Kong
  • OPEN BOOKS Logan Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  •  ‘HOME’ exhibition, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax, Yorkshire
  • Three/Tair – Three women, Gallery Ten, Cardiff



  • OPEN BOOKS The Sanshang Museum Of Contemporary Art, Hangzhou,         China
  • OPEN BOOKS touring exhibition National Library Aberyswyth
  • OPEN BOOKS touring exhibition Bay Arts Cardiff


  • 'Carte Blanche' Analix Forever, Geneva


  • Sue Williams – Robert Slingsby  Gallery Genesis, Athens
  • ‘We have the mirrors, we have the plans’. Oriel Mostyn Llandudno Wales


  • Shang Yunsu Art Gallery, Beijing, China


  • 56 Group Show Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales


  • Artes Mundi  National Museum & Galleries of Wales


  • Selected for the Mostyn 15 Open, Llandudno, Wales


  • ELSEWHERE  Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
  • META  Bay Art Gallery, Bute Street, Cardiff
  • Harlech Biennale/The Hague


  • Selected for the Mostyn 13 Open, Llandudno, Wales
  • Work selected from National Museum & Galleries of Wales Collection for Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys
  • ”META” Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Welsh Contemporaries, London


  •  ‘ Propos’ Ceri Richards, The National Museum of Wales
  • Ysbryd Spirit Wales, Le Salle Aragon, Trelaze, France
  • Ysbryd Spirit Wales, Le Centre Culturel, Carhaix, France
  • Ysbryd Spirit Wales, Le Chambre de Commerceet de l’Industrie, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient, France


  • Group Exhibition Painting Ysbryd/Spirit Wales, The Mall Galleries, London National Eisteddfod 2001


  • Group Exhibition Painting Ysbryd/Spirit Wales, Glamorgan University, Pontypridd, Wales
  • Avesta Art 2000 Sweden
  • Drawing Exhibition University of Lincolnshire and Humberside
  • The Welsh Contemporaries, Riverside Studios, London


National Museum & Galleries of Wales

National Assembly for Wales

Contemporary Art Society

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction, The Orangery, Margam Park, Wales

South Glamorgan County Council

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Numerous private collections worldwide



2015     Arts Council of Wales Major Arts Award for THROB

2013       Arts Council of Wales Tour Funding for ‘SHH!’

Wales Arts International Funding for China tour

Commissioned collaboration with Hole Editions Print Workshop with Tamarind

Master Printer Lee Turner

2012     International Funding – Wales Arts International/ National Dance Company–New York City

film commission WATCH ME …I KNOW HER, I THINK I DO!’ – Outcasting Fourth Wall Festival 2012

CRACKED commissioned to perform by Cardiff Contemporary

2011       International Funding - Wales Arts International – New York City

2009      Creative Wales Award

2006     Arts Council of Wales Project Grant

2002     A Propos - a response to Ceri Richards, National Museum & Gallery of Wales

2000     National Eisteddfod Gold Medal Award 2000

Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Award for Painting 2000

UNG - YOUNG - JUNG, Avesta Biennale 2000  Sweden

1995      Arts Council of Wales Bursary '95