Susan Purser Hope

Working with glass allows me to combine intuitive, creative impulses with rigid, technical disciplines.  By combining different elements of glass in collaboration with other materials, I create extraordinary, dynamic and challenging works of art.
I am fascinated by the personas that people assume and how these adapt to suit different occasions; in other words, the masks that we all hide our secrets and dreams behind.  Just like people, with my work you can accept it at face value or allow your curiosity to explore the different layers beneath.
“THE WHICH BLAIR? CONTINUUM” examines the concept of deception and political trickery.  Over the last decade, I have witnessed the increasing alienation of the governing class of Great Britain from the people they supposedly represent.  This is one in a series of works that is my response and my protest.
The panels reflect on the spectre raised by Eric Blair – better known as the author, George Orwell – in “1984” of a world where the individual was subsumed by the power of a centralist State.
Following the apparent concerted attack on the personal freedoms of the individual carried out during Tony Blair’s premiership, the panels highlight the State’s increasing surveillance of us.  We can now expect to be viewed on CCTV cameras around 300 times a day.  Ending with Sir Ian Blair, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the panels question the apparent politicising of the police force in the name of the fight against terrorism.
Using the material in which I love to create, I have produced political satire and comment through a medium not normally seen in this context.  I have used fused elements of frits, pen, stringers and confetti to create images that enable glass to give me a voice to question the hidden agendas of people to whom we have given power.

  Staffordshire University
MA in Community and Participatory Arts 
2009  Staffordshire University
Artist Professional Development Programme   Merit Developing Arts for Health
2004-07  University of Wolverhampton
Studying elements of the B.A. in Glass course
1967–71 University of Central England
Diploma in Art & Design/ 3 Dimensional Design.
(Specialisation: Furniture Design.)

Exhibitions and Competitions
  “Hidden Agendas” Exhibition - Bilston Craft Gallery
2009  Exhibition of work at Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett
Exhibition of work at the Red House Cone, Amblecote.
2008  Exhibition of work completed with Birmingham Children’s Hospital -BVSC, Birmingham
Exhibition in the Lock Works – Lighthouse, Wolverhampton
“Extraordinary” Exhibition -  Bilston Craft Gallery
2006  “Stourbridge Man” sculpture- Sculpture Trail, International Glass 
Festival, Stourbridge.
Participant -Synergy, International Glass Festival, Stourbridge
‘Flow’ installation collaborative project with 2 other artists
- Bantock Park Museum, Wolverhampton
Joint winner – glass wall commission at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
2005  “Shattered” Exhibition - The Lighthouse, Wolverhampton

Recent Commissions
  Youth Café, Wolverhampton.
Working with a group of disadvantaged young people to create a collaborative glass hanging.
2010  Fairhaven Primary School, Wolverhampton
Working with all year groups to create a glass montage celebrating the School’s 60th birthday.
2009  Buildwas Ward, Shelton Hospital, Shrewsbury
Awarded commission to produce glasswork for the newly renovated ward.
2009  Baswich Ward, St. Georges Hospital, Stafford
Awarded commission to produce glasswork for end of life suite.
2009  Colton Hills 6th Form Centre, Telford.
Working with students to design their new 6th Form centre.  Collaborative art and glasswork
2009  Pond Lane Health Clinic, Wolverhampton.
Working with students from Colton Hills School to design health clinic and collaboratively create art and glasswork for lounge and corridor.
2009  Snow Hill Sexual Health Clinic, Wolverhampton.
Working with young people to develop an image, external window graphics, way finding and glass works for inclusion in the reception areas.

Artist in Residence
Primary schools St. Matthew’s Church of England School, Donnington Wood
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Wolverhampton
Secondary schools Coppice High School, Wolverhampton
Mary Webb School, Pontesbury




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