Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in the Creative Arts (2014)

University for the Creative Arts


Doctorate in Creative Arts (2011)

University for the Creative Arts / University of Brighton


Postgraduate Certificate: Advanced Research Methodologies (2005)

University for the Creative Arts


Masters of Arts (MA) – Fine Art Printmaking (1998)

Wimbledon School of Art London (UAL)


PG Diploma Fine Art Printmaking (1998)


Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) - Fine Art Painting (1980)

West Surrey College of Art and Design



PhD supervisor training (UCA 2014)



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)


2017       Taking The Air (site-specific installation) Gatton Park, Dorking.

2005-6    Nuns Walk (site-specific sound installation), 'Garden Journeys - digital roots to art'. Surrey County Arts Public Art Project at Polesden Lacey National Trust Property, UK. Arts Council funded.

EXHIBITIONS (Galleries and Alternative Exhibition Spaces)

2020       Out of Isolation. UCA Long Gallery, Farnham. (September-October 2020). Catalogue: 

2012       Soundings: thought over time. An evolving art project exploring geological concepts of knowledge developed from an initial collaboration with Helen Thomas (oboist) and Michael Beiert (electroacoustic composer). Touring to:

                  Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London (July-September 2015)

                  Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury (Jan-March 2013)

                  Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff Metropolitan University (November 2012)

                  Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University (July 2012). 

2011        Concept & Context in Practice. James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey. In conjunction with the research student conference, 16 March 2011.

2010        Word:Mass + Signifier/signified. Event-specific poster and bookwork. RaAM8 international conference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2008        Knowledge Through Practice, The Gallery at Epsom, University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, Surrey.

2006-7    Exchange Partners in Print Media, Print Council of Australia, University of the West of England, Bristol, the Southbank Institute, Brisbane and the National Art School, New South Wales, Australia.

2005        Wahle Contemporary Art. Exeter, Devon, UK.

2004        Light and Breath (site-specific video installation), 'Beyond Belief', St Mary’s Church, Guildford, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.

                  Minus One, Aldwych Underground Station, London, UK.

2002        LIFE:size. PM Gallery, Ealing, London, UK.

                 Junction 1: Flowers. Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.

2001        Global Positioning, commissioned for the exhibition: James Gillray - The Art of Caricature, Tate Britain, London, UK.

2000        Relativities: 4th British International Miniature Print Exhibition. Touring to: Bankside Gallery, London; City Gallery, Leicester; Rye Art Gallery; Stormont Studio, Rye, Sussex, UK.          

1999       Europa - Man on Cow, commissioned for the exhibition: 'Piranesi, Canaletto, Tiepolo-etchings from the Courtauld Collection'. Courtauld Gallery, London, UK.

1998        Unbound. James Hockey Gallery, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.

                  Manifestations, Horsham Arts Centre, W. Sussex, UK.

                  Contemporary Figurative Art. Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK.

                  Master of Arts Printmaking Exhibition. Morley Gallery, London, UK.

                  Three Printmakers. Gallerie Hauptmann+Kampa, Zurich, Switzerland.

1997        National Open Print Exhibition. Printmakers Council, The Atrium, Gallery, Whiteleys of Bayswater, London.

                  Master of Arts & PG Diploma Printmaking Exhibition. Morley Gallery, London, UK.

                  The Art of Etching. Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK.

                 Symbiosis, Museum Art Gallery, Saint Louis, Senegal, West Africa. British Council funded.

                 Before the Eleventh Hour, Havant Arts Centre, Hampshire, UK.

1996        Open to Print 4. Touring exhibition: Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland and Bradford Gallery.

1995        Meudon Cultural Exchange. Cultural Centre for the Arts, Meudon, France.

                  Wessex Open. Southampton City Art Gallery, UK.

1992        Contemporary Art Society (CAS) Art Market. Smith’s Galleries, London, UK.

1991+2    Leicestershire Exhibition for Schools & Colleges. Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire, UK. 1990           

                  Susan Ryland (solo show), Old Town Hall Gallery, Havant Arts Centre, Havant, Hampshire, UK.

1980        First Picture Show, Sainsbury Centre or Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK.



University for the Creative Arts International College (2019 onwards). Subject: Art, Design and Creative Media International Foundation. Critical Thinking for Business Studies in the Creative Arts.

St Mary's University Twickenham.  Critical Thinking for Business and Management. 

Imperial College London UK (2014-2018) Subject: Sustainable practice in creativity, innovation and invention (sessional)

University for the Creative Arts (2008 - 2012)  Subject: Theory-practice dynamics (visiting)

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. (2004-06) Subject: Contemporary art theory (sessional)

Gallery Educator

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2002 -2011 freelance)

Courtauld Gallery (Department of Prints and Drawings), London, UK. (1997-2002 - freelance).                  

Arts and Education Management

Education Officer, Open Hand Open Space Artists' Studios and Gallery (OHOS), Reading, Berks, UK. (1998-2000)

Director of Visual Arts and Crafts, West End Arts Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK. (1991-96)

Gallery Manager, Farnham Maltings Gallery, Surrey, UK. (1987-90)

Acting Head of Department, Surrey Heath Adult Education Institute, Camberley, Surrey. (1986-1987). 


Drawing Dialogues (themed panel including: paper, workshop, interactive artwork (July 2016).  Metaphor in the Arts, in Media and Communication.  11th international conference Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Thoughtbites: Transdisciplinary cuts, folds and collage in thought and practice (September 2015).

International Visual Methods Conference. University of Brighton., UK

The Lecture Spectre (paper) 2014.

Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities. Higher Education Academy (HEA), Manchester, UK.

STEM: Creativity, Innovation and Invention (paper) 2014.

Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (ICL City 2014), City University, London.

The Experience of Diversity (paper) 2013.

Enabling an Inclusive Learning Environment: Pedagogy and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK.

Deep in Thought: some tools for self-regulated learning in Higher Education (paper) 2013.

Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference.

A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Art (paper) 2013.

Themed Panel: Approaches to Art, Visual Culture & Performance, in Cognitive Futures in the Humanities International Conference. Bangor University, Wales.

Soundings: the emergence of meaning (paper) 2012.

Innovation, Creativity and Leadership - Research and Practice, ICLCity2012, organised by the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University, London.          conferences/iclcity2012/iclcity2012-talks#susan

Soundings (soundwork: Conference Interpretation) 2012. Thinking through Drawing: Interdisciplinary symposium on drawing, cognition & education. Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.

Metaphor and Metonymy in Creative Thought and Expression Across Genres (paper) 2012, (themed panel). 9th international conference Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Lancaster University, UK.

Creativity and Cognition (paper) 2011. The Future’s Bright Conference, University of Brighton, UK

Distinguishing Metonymy from Synecdoche in Creative Thought (paper) 2011. Metonymy Workshop, Metaphor Festival, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Fleeting thought: metonymy in context (poster) 2011. Metaphor Across Time and Genre, Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) workshop, Almagro, Ciudad Real, Spain.

Changing Minds: Rhetoric in Art Activism (paper) 2011. UCA Staff Research Conference, Wellcome Conference Centre, London.

Difference and Deferral: a pragmatic definition of metonymy (paper) 2010. 8th International Conference: Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Resisting Metaphors, CREST / GuildHE Research Symposium (paper) 2010. Woburn House, London.

Word:Mass (Book Art - Conference Intervention) 2010. 8th International Conference: Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Difference and Seriality: metonymy at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive linguistics  and art practice (paper) 2010. New Research: Diverse Practice. University for the Creative Arts.

Resisting Metaphor: metonymy in multimodal art (paper) 2009. Metaphor, Metonymy & Multimodality: RaAM conference-workshop. Department

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