Susan Walsh

Research Fellow Contemporary Art

School of Art, Design and Fashion

37 St. Peters Street

+44 (0) 1772 89 3993

Subject Areas: Contemporary Art

Memory and identity are important factors within the work of Susan Walsh which ranges from installations to photography and moving image. It is both gallery and site based and incorporates an on-going investigation into basic-needs survival, using the device of either temporary memorial or mini museum.

Susan research active within the area of Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice and is a member of Making Histories Visible at The Centre for Contemporary Art.


Recent work includes:

CART in Durham 2013
CART in Durham was part of “Is it time?” a multi-artform,multi-disciplinary project that involves academics, artists, cultural organisations, communities and the general public in a range of interactive activities, performances and events in County Durham between October 2012 and June 2013.

Significant Other - Blue Plaques
The English Heritage Blue Plaques make visible, with pride, the efforts made by select members of society, both now and throughout history. Based on this practice she created a series of ‘Alternative’ Blue Plaques to be placed in specific locations in Preston. These plaques are intended to show some small acknowledgment of the way many homeless people exist and survive without permanent shelter in 2012. 

Issues raised by this project are a continuation of findings created through Satellite Navigation a project involving volunteers pulling a farm cart loaded with essential objects needed for being on the move through Preston and allowed questions to be raised around the invisibility of life in transit.

Rub A Tub Senior - Invisible Wash shown at Project Space Leeds which among other issues, also dealt with people living transient lives, the objects they rescue, carry with them and treasure.

To Scatter - A memorial to Irish migrants was shown in St Wilfrids Church, Preston in 2010. The creation of a memorial to Irish migrants was the focus of this project, in particular Irish immigrants to Preston and the North West. Commissioned by In Certain Places and curated by Lubaina Himid as part of Talking On Corners an annual on-going programme which commissions regional, national and international artists to create temporary art in public places for Preston.


BA(Hons) Fine Art UCLan MA


Fine Art Leeds


Walsh, Susan and Himid, Lubaina (2012) CART in Durham. [Show/Exhibition]

Walsh, Susan (2011) Rub a Tub Senior - Invisible Wash - Project Space Leeds 2011. [Show/Exhibition]

Walsh, Susan (2011) Images and Conversations from the 1980s showreel - selected archive materials. [Artefact]

Walsh, Susan (2008) ColourCode. Making Histories Visible.

More publications


Colour Code

On line information project designed to connect diverse artists, curatorial teams and supportive organisations. Information gathering/co-ordinating with Professor Lubaina Himid

Open Archive

In 1999 we opened the Centre for Contemporary Art as a small exhibition space and work in progress project space. We began to understand the need in 2001 to document and preserve materials relating to the achievements of contemporary artists working with the university. Students were interested in the work of the artists who taught them, funders were interested in artists communities and curators were interested in individual artists histories. Susan Walsh initiated and has since developed the collection of materials from the full range of contemporary visual art practitioners working at UCLan.

Documenting Changing Britain: Shelter Below The Poverty Line is both location and studio based and incorporates her on going investigations into basic needs survival within 'outsider' communities such as, the homeless, immigrants, travellers and gypsies. One of her main areas of research is the creating of structures which could be used for shelter by adapting ready made objects and recycling materials. Being on the move whether on foot or by vehicle highlights many issues; the necessity of shelter and decisions about the most important and /or necessary objects to carry/store when continually in transit are concerns which lie at the heart of this research

Open Sesame Tate/Uclan Film Project – Making Histories Visible Collaborative project led by Professor Lubaina Himid. Open Sesame was the first in a series of publication research resource documents (DVD and booklet) in which Tate and UCLan in collaboration have sought to develop their work around the impact of past, current and possible future exhibitions, displays, competitions and collecting strategies initiated by Tate in relation to artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent

Point of Collection Tate /Uclan Film Project – Making Histories Visible Collaborative project led by Professor Lubaina Himid. The Point of Collection is the second DVD and publication research resource document, this time exploring the entire national collection at Tate. This included accessing works in the Tate.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lectures, talks, mentoring and professional practice sessions for graduates and emerging practitioners.


Current and ongoing research activity for the Centre for Contemporary Art at the School of Art, Design and performance.