Susan Collins


Susan Collins (b. 1964 London) is one of the UK's leading artists working with digital media. For the past decade the collision between the real and the artificial or virtual has been a key area of investigation. Collins works across public, gallery and online spaces. Works include In Conversation; Tate in Space (a bafta nominated Tate netart commission); Transporting Skies which transported sky (and other phenomena) live between Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance in Cornwall and Site Gallery Sheffield in Yorkshire; Fenlandia and Glenlandia - live year long pixel by pixel internet transmissions from remote landscapes, and The Spectrascope, an ongoing live pixel by pixel transmission from a haunted house. Recently completed commissions include a wildlife surveillance system for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects's RIBA award winning Classroom of the Future; Underglow, a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London for Light Up Queen Street and Chaser, a lighting commission for GLOW ‘07 Newcastle. Recent exhibitions have included Outlook Express(ed) at Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada; Digital Aesthetic 2, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Webscape, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Søro, Denmark 2007; Video Vortex at Montevideo/The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam and Multiplicities at ARC Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria. Susan Collins is Reader in Fine Art, Head of Undergraduate Fine Art Media and has been Head of the Slade Centre for Electronic Media (SCEMFA) at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London since 1995. She completed a PhD on The role of the viewer in the realisation of In Conversation and other works in 2001.

2010 ASEM Duo Fellowship, Bangkok University, Thailand
2008 Arts and Humanities Research Council, Practice Led and Applied Grant
2007 Garry B Fritz Imagemaker Award for Excellence, SPE Miami
2006 Artist in Residence, Monash University, Melbourne.
2006 Curator/organizer, FRAMED, exhibition/showcase as part of node.London, Slade Research Centre
2006 External Examiner, PhD, Birkbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London
2004 Tate in Space nominated for BAFTA interactive (British Academy of Film and Television Awards)
2002 - 2005 Purchaser, Arts Council Collection Advisory Committee
2001 University of Reading, Fine Art Department Ph.D
2001 Royal Society of the Arts, Art for Architecture award / with Sarah Wigglesworth for A Classroom of the Future
2000 Arts Council of England Combined Arts R & D grant / for inhabited.text project
1999 - 2001 External Examiner, MA Interactive Multimedia, London College of Printing, London Institute
1998 Royal Society of the Arts, Art for Architecture award / for PACA/Wandsworth redevelopment
1998 Co-organiser and co-chair, 'Cached', lecture series on at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London
1997 London Arts Board Awards to Individual Artists
1997 Curator and Chair, symposium 'Spontaneous Reaction', Slade School of Fine Art funded by ACE
1997 Curator and Chair of 'Collision', public lecture series on Interactive Art, University College London
1996 European Artists Pepinière (residency), Köln, Germany
1995 - 2002 Arts Council of England member / member of various panels including Visual Arts Exhibitions and
Events; National Touring Exhibitions; Photography and New Technology, and New Media
1995 Senior Lecturer, Head of Electronic Media and Slade Centre for Electronic Media,
1995 Reader in Fine Art, Head of Undergraduate Fine Art Media, Head of Electronic Media
1994 - 1995 Sessional Lecturer, Fine Art Department, University of Reading
1992 - 1994 Research Fellow in Interactive Media, West Surrey College of Art and Design
1991 - 1992 Full-time Lecturer, Computer Arts and Animation, Columbia College Chicago
1990 - 1991 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1990 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Rose Sidgwick Memorial Fellowship.
1983 - 1987 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, BA Hons Fine Art
1982 - 1983 Chelsea School of Art, London
- 1991 Teaching Assistant & Lecturer, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago