UWTSD lecturer opens thought-provoking exhibition in Cardiff


During the past twelve months, Professor Sue Williams, a lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art, has been working on a project bringing the artistic and medical worlds together with the aim of lifting the taboo of talking about sexual dysfunction.

The result has been THROB, a series of conversations, exhibitions and performances that have combined painting and drawing installation, music, poetry and performance. The final part of the series, entitled THROB: Feely will open at Bay Arts in Cardiff tonight (Feb 5) and will run until March 4th.

At the heart of the unique art-meets-science encounter is the partnership between the multi-award winning artist and erectile dysfunction specialist and cardiologist Dr Nick Ossei-Gerning who brings his expert knowledge and the shared experience of his patients to the ground-breaking initiative.

“From Mick Jagger’s ‘lack of satisfaction’ to Shakespeare’s tragic Othello who can’t consummate his marriage to Desdemona, artists have long explored the subject of sexual vulnerability,” says Sue. 

“Through exploring issues related to erectile dysfunction I want to gain knowledge of the emotional impact of sexual and family relationships, and how both males and females are made vulnerable through the lack of open conversation and communications about this difficult subject,” she adds.

As well as being a prolific practising visual artist, Sue is also a senior lecturer at UWTSD and teaches Fine Art at the University’s Swansea College of Art. 

“I love seeing students develop and grow as unique individuals.  I introduce them to the type of work that influences me and encourage them to look for their own inspiration.  I also believe in collaboration and urge the students to work together on projects and to respond to each other’s work in different ways.

“Throughout the degree course, I also build the students’ confidence by making them stand up for their own practice.  I try and make them think about new or different aspects of their work and to question what they’re doing.  The students all work closely together and are greatly supported by the fantastic teaching staff, including internationally renowned artist Professor Tim Davies who represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. Amongst the other staff are artists Craig Wood, Catrin Webster, Sarah Tombs and Marilyn Allen.”

Sue herself is a huge influence on the Welsh arts scene and internationally.  In 2006, she was the only artist in the UK to be selected for the Artes Mundi Art Prize and has since had many opportunities to exhibit and lecture on her work across the globe, including in Africa, China, New York and Amsterdam. At present she is exhibiting at the Fernando Pradilla Gallery in Madrid and Gold + Beton in Cologne.

A number of Sue’s works are included in public collections, including the Wales Assembly Government building; National Museum & Galleries of Wales; Contemporary Arts Society as well as a number of municipal galleries.

For further information on Sue Williams’ THROB, please visit www.nomorepink.com

To find out more about the courses offered at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, go to www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476