Ian Breakwell, Monk

Monk (one panel of four) 1999, compressed charcoal on paper, 107 x 190 cm, Ian Breakwell, commissioned for an exemplary life

100% cotton (detail) 2004, hand embroidered boiler suit, Susan Collis, arttextiles3

Susan Collis 100% cotton

Selected projects as Director, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery:

Capital feasibility study, 2003/4: commissioned architect Kathryn Findlay to develop proposals to convert the Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds, into a major new visual arts centre. Feasibility study funded by Arts Council England.

Self, 2005: exhibition exploring concept of identity and difference curated by Yasmin Zahir and Andy Horn in association with Angel Row Gallery and Craftspace Touring.

Artists included Pamela So, Barby Asante, Clement Cooper, Jivan Astfalck, Lorna Simpson, Ken Ohara, Patricio Forrester, Karl Fritsch, Dinie Besems.

Floral Habitat, 2004: curated by Yasmin Zahir, including work commissioned specifically for the Gallery space by Michael Lin and Catherine Bertola.

Artists included Miki Miyara, Michael Lin, Richard Billingham, Michael Landy, Catherine Bertola.

Out of Place, 2002: exhibition exploring the occupied landscape, the isolated figure and spaces designed for human interaction, curated by David Falkner

Artists Julian Opie, Bridget Smith, Kerry Stewart, Zoe Walker. ____________________________________________________________________

Crossover, 2001: exhibition of work by three British and three American artists, associated site specific commissions and particpatory projects exploring links between basketry, fibre sculpture and land art. Funded by Arts Council England, core exhibition went on to tour nationally.

Commissions in partnership with the National Trust and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Artists commissioned: Chris Drury, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva (representing Macedonia at the Venice Biennale 2013), Tim Johnson, Steve Pickup, Jim Buchanan

Platform 1 to 5, 2001 to 2006: series of annual exhibitions of work by graduating artists, designers and architects from twenty-three degree courses in East Anglia and associated artist professional development. Co-curated with David Falkner. Sponsored by Anglia Railways and Platform and funded by Arts Council England to support professional development for emerging artists.

Won Arts and Business National Award in 2001 for sponsorship from Anglia Railways and installation of posters of work by all participating artists on trains across the network.


Stations, 2000: sets of stations of the cross commissioned for eleven churches and the Cathedral of St James in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, funded by Arts Council England, the Saxham Trust, the Jerusalem Trust and RP Charitable Trust .Curated by Richard Davey, Project Coordinator David Falkner. Included a set by Michael Kenny, which was the last piece of work he made as he sadly died during the exhibition.

and associated gallery exhibition an exemplary life:

Artists included Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, and Ian Breakwell who was commissioned to make work for the show and made an installation about Thelonius Monk comprising large drawings and sound.


Docudrama, 2000: contempoary lens-based work questioning the roles of documentation and fictionalisation in contemporary visual culture, curated by David Falkner

Artists Richard Billingham, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gillian Wearing, Jane and Louise Wilson, Paul Smith, Sarah Jones.


Series of juried open submission exhibitions of work referencing textile. Each exhibition was funded by Arts Council England and went on to tour nationally.

arttextiles3, 2004: selectors Susan Hiller, Jonathan Watkins, Professor Sarat Maharaj, Sarah Quinton.

Artists included Farhad Ahrarnia, Susan Collis, Yvonne Droge Wendel, David Mabb, Tony Rickaby, Gerard Williams, Mary Longford, Silvia Ziranek

Associated site specific commissions, textiles on site, in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Priory School and the Bury St Edmunds Festival, artists Sophie Milenovich, Susan Leask, Shona Watt, Ann Monro and Sue Brinkhurs,

arttextiles2, 2000: selectors Yinka Shonibare, Professor Sarat Maharaj, Dr Polly Binns, Gill Hedley

Artistsincluded Rowena Dring, Sally Freshwater, Caroline Broadhead, Andrew Tims, Shelly Goldsmith, Nicola Morris

Associated site specific commissions, textiles on site, in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Bury St Edmunds Festival, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, King Edward VI Upper School, artists Saly Freshwater, Caroline Bartlett, Sue Lawty, Tracey Hillier

arttextiles1, 1996: selectors Michael Brennan- Wood, Dr Polly Binns, Lisa Collins

Artists included Freddie Robins, Caroline Bartlett, Maxine Bristow, Ben Hall, William Jefferies, Phlippa Lawrence

The Great Hall, 1999: exhibition responding to the scale, history and grandeur of the Gallery space, curated by Paul Hedge, Hales Gallery.

Artists included Roger Hiorns, Martin McGinn (commissioned to make large paintings of the different eras of lighting, won East International 1998), Judith Dean, Pamela Golden, Karen Knorr.

Associated Bury St Edmunds Festival Artist in Residence, Claude Heath (Kettles Yard Fellowship, University of Cambridge, 2002-3).