© Susan Mannion.
I am a self-taught artist originally from England. I moved to Belfast in 1990 to attend Queen’s University, and in 2004 moved to Boyle in the West of Ireland, where I am currently living. Last year, I became a full-time professional visual artist, after nearly thirty years of working in libraries. I have a number of academic qualifications including a BA in Politics & Scholastic Philosophy, an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, a University Certificate in Art History, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies.
My journey in photography commenced nine years ago in March 2012, after having been lent a camera by my brother-in-law to take on holiday. I now work in both film and digital photography and greatly enjoy trying out different types of photographic technique. As I am only nine years into his artistic journey, I am constantly striving to develop my skills and abilities, and have undertaken a number of courses to this end; in black and white film photography, black and white digital photography, landscape photography, wet plate collodion photography and photo intaglio printmaking.
I have undertaken two residencies at the Cill Rialaig Project, and since 2013 I have, I'm honoured to say, become a regular resident of the print studio at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. I have exhibited widely, including five out of the last eight of the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibitions, the 184th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy, the 158th International Print Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society and the 2017 Original Print exhibition of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Last year I was appointed to the board of the Graphic Studio Dublin where I have been a member since 2016. I am currently working towards a two-person exhibition in California in June and a solo exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo in 2022.