June 2018. Sue is preparing her studio for Brecon Town Open Studios on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June. The walking trail connecting the studios includes elegant Georgian streets as well as lesser-known byways and offers fabulous views of Brecon Cathedral, the rivers Usk and Honddu and the Brecon Beacons. She will be showing new weaving based on drawings done in Priory Groves, a wooded area near her home. It is also an opportuntiy to see her loom in action. See current and forthcoming exhibitions for more details and clink on the link below for an Open Studio map.

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current and forthcoming exhibitions

copper cube

Brecon Town Open Studios 2018
90 Struet, Brecon, LD3 7LS
Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June 2018
11am - 6pm

Brecon Town Open Studios
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Black Cubes

56 | 18: Chichester
56 Group Wales exhibits in Chichester
Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, PO19 1YH
31 July to 12 August 2018
open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4.30pm

Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester

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

Hemp String Bag

Hemp String Bags
An opportunity to explore the remarkable materials and structure of Australian Aboriginal string bags and to learn to spin a yarn and to make various types of knotted and looped string bags.

Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School
4 to 11 August 2019
Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 3FR
Applications open in September 2018

Association of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Summer School 2019

Sue Hiley Harris is available to give lectures and workshops on silk spinning, 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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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


Crooked Window

Arts Council of Wales

Stroud International Textile Festival

Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers

The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers