September 2017. This month Sue is showing recent collages at the new Set House Gallery in St. Brides with 56 Group Wales and at Brecon's The Hours Mabinogion exhibition. She is installing her work at Newport House in Herefordshire ready for the 'Out of Nature' sculpture exhibition opening on 1 October.

current and forthcoming exhibitions

quarry, llangattock

56 Group Wales
An exhibition of work by members of 56 Group Wales
Set House Gallery
The Set House, St Brides, Pembrokeshire, Wales
07841 682982
22 August 2017 to 15 September 2017
Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Set House Gallery
56 Group Wales

Y Mabinogi - The Stories of Wales
The Hours Bookshop and Cafe
15 Ship Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 9AD
01874 622800.
from 15 September 2017 (check with The Hours for closing date
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
The Hours


Showcase The Art Shop Chapel
No 8, Cross Street, Abergavenny (see website for Chapel location)
01873 852690 / 736430.
from August 2016 (please check before visiting)
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.
The Art Shop & Gallery, Abergavenny

copper cube

Out of Naturesculpture exhibition
Newport House
Almeley, Herefordshire, HR3 6LL)
Admission £5, Children under 18 and students Free
1 October to 22 October 2017
10.30am - 5pm.
Out of Nature sculpture exhibition

Sue Hiley Harris

Sue's focus is on creating three-dimensional woven sculpture suitable for public buildings as well as small-scale pieces for domestic settings both indoors and outdoors. Recently, following a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, her work has developed and now includes collage and woven silver brooches and bangles many of which stand as sculptures.
I respond to ideas, shapes and geometry in nature and in life. The concepts for these structures are meticulously worked out yet they have emotional connotations and impact. They bring together pervasive themes in my life and art: encompassing the study of fine art, a fascination with geometry, an abiding interest in science and the environment, a deep understanding of the structure of yarn and the practice of weaving.

Examples of Sue's work can be seen in the gallery pages here on the website and more information about Sue can be found on the cv page. Details of current and forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and lectures, publications for sale and information about purchasing or commissioning work are on this page.

lectures and workshops

Sue will be giving an illustrated talk, Brecon's Woollen Industry, to the Talgarth and District Historical Society
Gwernyfed Rugby Club, Talgarth Thursday 29th June 2017 7.30pm

Talgarth and District Historical Society

extract from a weaver's will, 1622

Breconshire's nineteeth century historian Theophilus Jones, in 1805, remarked that 'From the latter end of the sixteenth century great fortunes were to be made in Brecon and the vicinity by the manufacture of woollen cloth'.
It is surprising, therefore, that little mention is made of the town of Brecon in texts on the Welsh woollen industry in Wales apart from a few often repeated items including:
Medieval guilds, including Weavers' and Tuckers' guilds, had chapels in Brecon Priory Church;
In the sixteenth century Breconshire gave its name to a drab-coloured, rough cloth, known as 'brecknocks', that was exported in considerable quantities;
One of the first tasks of the Brecknockshire Agricultural Society after its foundation in 1755 was to offer premiums for the best piece of drab-coloured cloth manufactured in the county and for the best woollen yarn offered for sale in Brecon market;
in the early nineteenth century the Priory Woollen Factory, a brand new building where all the processes of woollen manufacturing were carried out, was built on the banks of the Honddu.

Original research has enabled Sue Hiley Harris to add considerable depth and colour to these isolated facts. Her talk, illustrated with maps, drawings, paintings and photographs, goes some way to unravel Brecon's woollen industry from the time of the dissolution of the monasteries to the closing of the Priory Woollen Factory in 1939. Her research is on-going.

Sue is herself a sculptor weaver and lives in Brecon on the banks of the Honddu not far from the site of the Priory Woollen Factory.

Sue Hiley Harris is available to give lectures and workshops on silk spinning and sillk inlay weaving, Australian Aboriginal string bag making and on her own work and influences.
Please contact her if you are interested and wish to receive further information.

Arts Council of Wales. Creative Wales Award 2013

Sue was awarded a Major Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales to explore hte possibility of making woven body sculpture. As part of the experimentation Sue has studied the body through attending weekly life drawing sessions. She has also studied historical costume and body ornament worn in many parts of the world and has learnt silversmithing techniques. Sue is now working on a body of new work infuenced by these experiments and new techniques.

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Ancestor Bags

Ancestor Bags - detail

Ancestor Bags is a major installation which was shown at MOMA Wales in 2009 and at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax in 2011.

This, the latest work by the Australian-born sculptor weaver who has lived in Wales since 1981, is an installation of thirty suspended abstract works, each representing one of her direct British and Australian ancestors over four generations. Visitors are invited to walk amongst them. She was inspired after seeing an Aboriginal string bag in Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum with an old label indicating that it had been used 'for carrying the bones of dead relatives.' It was similar to one sent by her mother. The details of the weaving, dyeing and construction of each work - as well as the materials used - convey coded information about members of her family. Shown together, the hangings are a unique visual exploration of ancestry. (David Moore 2009)

A catalogue is available. Details are below under Publications.

Ancestor Bags was supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Usk Valley Trust

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Book Cover

Hynafiaduron / Ancestor Bags: Sue Hiley Harris
Text by David Moore. Published by The Crooked Window, Brecon, 2009.
ISBN 978 0 9563602 0 5 paperback, 19.5cm x 21cm, 20 pages, Welsh and English text, illustrated.
This publication may be purchased from the Crooked Window website.
Crooked Window

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8 Stones 8 Artists, Exploring the Beacons Way Art Trail
Text by David Moore. Published by Little Fish Press, 2007.
ISBN 978 0 9550617 1 4 paperback, 21cm x 30cm, 24 pages + 24 sheets tracing paper and two wax crayons, Welsh and English text, illustrated.
This publication may be purchased from the Crooked Window website.
Crooked Window

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yma ac acw . hier und da . here and there
The Welsh Group and BBK Dusseldorf exchange catalogue.
Published by The Welsh Group, 2014.
ISBN 978 0 9560867 2 3 paperback, 15cm x 21cm, 132 pages,
Welsh, German and English text, illustrated.
Please enquire if you would like to purchase a copy.

purchasing and commissioning

Individual works are for sale. Prices range from £300 to £3000. Sue has undertaken many commissions for both indoor or outdoor sculpture and welcomes both public and private commissions. Please contact Sue if you wish to discuss purchasing or commissioning a piece of work.

Sue also welcomes contact from galleries interested in exhibiting her work on a short term or interested in representing her work.


images and text © Sue Hiley Harris
photography © Sue Hiley Harris unless acknowledged on the individual images
website design © Sue Hiley Harris 2017


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