Sue Prince - Narrative Folk Artist and Map Maker
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News

Into the Woods, exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek

My exhibition with Chris Farrow wood turner, Into the Woods is on at the lovely Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek from 18th Feb to 1st April.  I'll be there to meet you on Saturday 4th March 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm.

Read about it here: The Gallery at Foxlowe 

Sue Prince Winter News 2016

Sue Prince and the Winter Fair! - 

Photo Book - Now on Sale in the Shop



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Peak District Artisans' video (featuring Sue Prince)

 
 
 

Derbyshire Passion at Derby Cathedral 2016

Click here for the story of the Derbyshire Passion; 12th March to 31st March 2016 Sue Prince takes part in an exhibition at Derby Cathedral where 15 artists each paint one of the Stations of the Cross.
 
 

Derbyshire Life Article about Sue Prince

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My Background

 
Sue Prince Peak District Folk Artist
 
 
I am passionate about the landscape, the environment and rural way of life and I tell stories about these in my paintings. I am excited by the links between people and their environment, whether it's rural or urban and re-making connections with the planet through pictures and storytelling. I also tell stories of modern society through folk art, currently I am inspired by protests. I am a rural artist, working at Beechenhill Farm, my family's organic dairy farm, in the Peak District.
 
I paint British Folk Art. I was initially inspired by 'bonader' (decorative wall hangings in Swedish) Swedish style folk art with homemade egg tempera on linen or canvas. This style of painting died out in the 1800s and I am instrumental in its revival in Sweden, where I run classes every summer. For over twenty years I have been an illustrator of books and a mural painter. I make Birds-eye-view Maps. In the past for many years I was a mural painter also making stained glass and tapestry. I also produce award winning website illustrations and designs. I have run community art classes and have strong skills as a communicator, facilitator and teacher.
  • Painting selected for the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 Exhibition at the London Transport Museum.
  • Winner of Grand Prix and Purchase Award 16th Biennial Naive and Marginal Art, Serbia Nov 2013
  • Solo exhibition Winner Best Visual Arts Event Buxton Festival Fringe 2013
  • Nominated Best Artist Buxton Festival Fringe 2013
  • Solo exhibition Buxton Museum and Art Gallery July to Sept 2013
  • Two paintings accepted in 2011 Derbyshire Open Arts, one commended
  • Painting reviewed in Raw Vision Autumn 2009
  • 2010 finalist in the 2010 First Women Awards for Tourism and Leisure
  • National winner Silver Award for Best Tourism Website 2005, Gold Award for Best Tourism Website East Midland
  • Awarded an OBE June 2004 'for services to tourism and farming in the East and West Midlands'.
  • Winner of Arts Organiser of the Year, Staffordshire Moorlands 2004
  • Winner of CPRE Regional Design Award for website and farm and countryside interpretation 2002/3
  • National winner of 'Safeway Excellence in England Gold Award for Best Tourism Website 2003', beating the Tate, Leeds Castle and Visit Liverpool for www.beechenhill.co.uk
  • Winner of Peak Achievements Business Category 2002 for interpretive website, book and directory
  • Winner of Staffordshire Rural Business Woman of the Year 1998/9

 


 

SOME EXHIBITIONS, COMMISSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

 

2014
Participated in the 47thgathering of international naive artists -The Year of Women, at the Galerija likovnih Samorastnikov (The Gallery of Naive Artists) in Trebnje, Slovenia
2014
Solo Exhibition at The Museum of Cannock Chase, March - April 2014
2014 Painting 'Jubilee River Pageant' accepted as one of 50 in the Serco Prize for Illustration Exhibition at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Image consequently used by Transport for London.
2013
Winner of Grand Prix and Purchase Award, 16th Biennial Naive and Marginal Art, Serbia Nov 2013. Four works accepted.
2013 Exhibited three pieces in the Enjoy Staffordshire Art Group Show Cannock Museum and Art Gallery
2013 Solo exhibition Buxton Museum and Gallery, July to September.
2013 Participated in the 46thgathering of international naive artists at the Galerija likovnih Samorastnikov (The Gallery of Naive Artists) in Trebnje, Slovenia
2013 Solo exhibition Buxton Museum and Gallery, July to September. Nominated Best Artist and Best Visual Arts Event in Buxton Festival Fringe Awards, won Best Visual Arts Event
2012 Two open studios weekend s at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam also in 2011
2011 Exhibition at Gallery at 12, Eccleshall, Stafford
2011 Two paintings accepted in Derbyshire Open Arts, one commended
2011 Painting accepted in Stockport Open Arts
2010 Solo exhibition at The Museum of Cannock Chase, July to September
2010 Paintings exhibited at the regional museum; Lansmuseet Halmstad, Sweden
2009 Participated in the 42ndgathering of international naive artists at the Galerija likovnih Samorastnikov (The Gallery of Naive Artists) in Trebnje, Slovenia
2009 Painting accepted for the permanent collection of Galerija likovnih Samorastnikov in Slovenia
2006 Four paintings accepted for the permanent collection of the Bonadsmuseet in Unnaryd, Sweden
2005 Exhibited at the Art from Organic Farms Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
2004 Exhibited at the Art from Organic Farms Exhibition at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, some sales
2010 - 2012 Commissioned pictorial town maps of Ashbourne, Elton, Church Broughton, Tutbury
2010 Commissioned various Bonad paintings
1999 Commissioned stained glass window for Tinsel Park School, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
1998 Commissioned stained glass window for Ilam Primary School, Staffordshire
1997 Commissioned mural ceilings at YHA visitor centre, Litton Mill, Derbyshire
1996 Commissioned painting by the National Farmers' Union for their Regional Office in Telford
1996 Commissioned stained glass window for The Methodist Chapel in Church Broughton, Derbyshire
1996 Commissioned stained glass window for the Methodist Church in Eccleshall, Staffordshire
1993 Commissioned mural in dairy of new farm in Lincolnshire
1992-5 Commissioned murals in various private houses in Staffordshire and Derbyshire
1989 Commissioned murals at Stafford General Hospital
1986 Commissioned murals at the County Show Ground, Staffordshire
1986 Commissioned series of 5 'birds eye view' maps of Peak District towns
1985 Commissioned mural at the School Visits Centre, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
1984-5 Commissioned murals at shops and cafes in Stafford and Staffordshire
1984 Commissioned mural at the Brewood Farm Centre, Staffordshire
2005-13 Workshops in Sweden teaching Bonad painting
2008-9 Seven month community workshop to produce 18m long Bonad of the history of Ilam village
2004 Workshop to design and execute well dressing designs for school playground, Youlgrave Primary School
1999 Workshop to design stained glass window with the children at Tinsel Park School, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
1998 Workshop to design stained glass window with the children of Ilam Primary School, Staffordshire
1990 Workshop at a Primary School in Ripley, Derbyshire, themed around book week
1988 Artist in residence, Brookside Primary School, Bicester, Oxfordshire, forest and nature theme.
1986 Summer school at High Peak College, decorative painting for adults
1985 Workshop at the Fitzherbert School Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire, Jungle creatures theme
 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2010 - 2011
STAFFORDSHIRE DESTINATION MANAGMENT PARTNERSHIP & PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
Designer: Engaged to design website for renewed Peak District and Staffordshire Environmental Quality Marks.
2007 to 2011
BELMONT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, Oxfordshire
Artist and Consultant: Retained to deliver marketing, research, design, both print and web and rural ecotourism concepts to substantial ecotourism investments in Europe.
2006 to 2009
FUNDATIA ADEPT, Transylvania, Romania
Artist andConsultant: Producing website, maps, designs and drawings for project village and delivering tourism training workshops to help protect rural livelihoods and landscapes.
2005 - 2008
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY, Peak District National Park Authority's BESST Project, Derbyshire
Consultant: Collaborating on the development of international Eco-tourism project and website for BESST (Business and Environment linked through Small Scale Tourism).
2005 to 2008
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY, Food from the Peak District, Derbyshire
Consultant: Developed new Peak District Local Food initiative & E-commerce facility for Peak District Foods. Working with over 50 businesses.
2001 to 2008
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY, Peak District Foods for Tourism, Derbyshire
Project Manager and consultant: Retained to run pilot project, then follow-on project linking local foods and tourism businesses. Instrumental in development of distinctive new products. Produced new print, developed the website and started food group. Managing two project assistants.
1990 to date
BEECHENHILL ARTWORKS LTD, Staffordshire
Director and Artist: Running farm based studio, painting to commission, creating maps, illustrating books and websites, making stained glass and tapestries.
1985 to date
BEECHENHILL FARM, Staffordshire
Proprietor: Eco-tourism farm holiday business, Bed and Breakfast and Self-catering Cottages, specifically designed for disabled people.
1983-2002
LEARNING MATERIALS LTD, Wolverhampton
Illustrative Artist:Illustrator of books produced by company for children with learning difficulties.
1989-1990
PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK, Derbyshire
Artist and Co-author: Artist and co-author of 'Peak District Farming Choices', book outlining farming constraints for students.Designed some unique features, secured national sponsorship for some aspects.
1983-1990
BATSFORD PUBLISHERS, Birmingham
Illustrator:Illustrated a series of environmental books.
1982-1983
STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, Staffordshire
Graphic artist: In Environmental Education Department producing environmentally themed cross-curriculum educational materials.
1974-1976
INSTEM LTD, Stone, Staffordshire
Draughtswoman: In computer company drawing office.

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