Susanna was the founder director of doggerfisher (2000-2010), the celebrated contemporary gallery in Edinburgh, where she championed the early careers of many now critically acclaimed artists. She has since been director of Frith Street Gallery, London; guest curator at Jupiter Artland and acting director of Outset Scotland. In 2017 she co-curated with Amanda Game NL20 commissions to celebrate the 20th anniversary of North Lands Creative Glass, working with the artist designer maker, Geoffrey Mann on a new-site specific installation for Dovecot, Edinburgh. Other projects include curating an online exhibition to mark 70 years since the formation of British Council Scotland in 1946; selecting 70 works from the British Council’s extensive art collection.
Susanna is mentor to Fleming-Wyfold Foundation and the City of Edinburgh Council artists’ bursary scheme. She is a board member of Collective, a publicly-funded contemporary art gallery on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. She sits on their Capital development committee and supports a fund-raising programme to transform the former observatory and grounds into an outstanding contemporary art complex. She was previously an advisor to The Bothy Project and a trustee of Outset Scotland.
She is a member of New Town & Broughton Community Council and sits on their planning group.
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Poise by Geoffrey Mann was a new site-specific installation for the foyer of Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh. Curated by Susanna in collaboration with Amanda Game, the work was one of three NL20 commissions celebrating the 20th anniversary of North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Caithness. NL20 was supported by Creative Scotland through Open Project Funding.
Geoffrey Mann is an Edinburgh-based artist who challenges the often assumed divides between art, craft and design. His practice is fuelled by a curiosity in materials and processes. Geoffrey and Susanna were in conversation at Dovecot on Tuesday 25 October at 6pm.
The Bothy Project, a not-for-profit organisation founded by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain McLeod in 2009. Their pioneering mission is to design and build a network of contemporary bothies across Scotland, to provide residency opportunities to a range of creative individuals. The Bothy Project is one of Scotland’s most innovative architecture and design initiatives of recent years. Current bothies include Pig Rock Bothy in the grounds of Modern One, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Inschriach in the Cairngorms and Sweeney’s bothy on the Isle of Eigg. Bothy Stores, an online annex of The Bothy Project, was launched at Glasgow International.
Outset Scotland is a philanthropic organisation supporting new art in Scotland. Launched in spring 2013, it forms part of the worldwide Outset organisation and raises funds to support exhibitions, new commissions, residencies and acquisitions from key contemporary artists. Working closely with artists, galleries and institutions, Outset Scotland aims to introduce individuals to the importance of private giving and the vital need to support creativity.
As acting director, Susanna steered Outset Scotland through its first year. This involved selecting artists’ proposals for support and guiding their projects. She promoted the charity’s profile, acting as its ambassador and cultivating patrons, together with working closely with key institutions and considering carefully how to effectively distribute funds. She was a trustee of Outset Scotland from 2012 – 2016.
Jupiter Artland is a privately-owed 100-acre sculpture park to the west of Edinburgh. Founded by Robert and Nicky Wilson, it opened in 2008 and holds a collection that includes works by Andy GoIdsworthy, Nathan Coley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tania Kovats, Anish Kapoor and Cornelia Parker, amongst others.
Susanna was invited to curate a programme of temporary sculptures together with exhibitions for the Steading Gallery. Central to Susanna’s programme was Scaffold, the vast and powerful installation, by the American artist Sam Durant, previously seen at Documenta 2012 in Kassel. It was the first work by an artist based outside the UK to be shown at Jupiter. Susanna also invited the Glasgow-based artist, Sara Barker, to create her first sculpture for the outdoors, Patterns, a co-commission with Edinburgh Art Festival. In addition, Susanna curated two exhibitions in Jupiter’s Steading Gallery: a group show with Aleanna Egan, Lucia Noguiera and Bojan Sarcevic and an exhibition of work by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.
Frith Street is a leading London gallery, and as director Susanna worked closely with a number of international artists on high-profile projects. These included Cornelia Parker’s Folkestone Mermaid, a bronze sculpture commission for Folkestone Triennale in 2011, and A Room for London. Sited above the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank, A Room for London is a collaboration between artist Fiona Banner and architect David Kohn, and commissioned by Artangel and Living Architecture.
In July 2011 she curated a gallery exhibition, Look with all your eyes, look, with artists Rachel Adams, Sara Barker, Neil Clements, Alex Dordoy, David Maljkovic, Helen Mirra, Rudolf Polanszky and Erin Shirreff.
In 2000 Susanna founded the contemporary art gallery, doggerfisher. Located in a former tyre garage on Edinburgh’s Gayfield Square, she commissioned Oliver Chapman Architects to transform the building into a dynamic gallery space.
doggerfisher fast became a widely-acclaimed and influential gallery, exhibiting artists from both Scotland and beyond. It supported the early careers of numerous artists and promoted their work internationally. These artists included Charles Avery, Claire Barclay, Sara Barker, Nathan Coley, Graham Fagen, Ilana Halperin, Louise Hopkins, Hanneline Visnes, Janice McNab, Rosalind Nashashibi, Moyna Flannigan, Lucy Skaer and Jonathan Owen. And through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, doggerfisher introduced a wide audience to the work of among others, Nicole Wermers, Camilla Low, Katja Strunz, Karla Black and Duncan Marquiss. These artists made doggerfisher a truly adventurous and ambitious gallery. doggerfisher closed in 2010.