SUTHERLAND-based artist Sue Jane Taylor is no stranger to extreme working environments. She has worked for over twenty years recording the lives of workers in the North Sea Oil industry on sites such as Piper Alpha, Piper B platform and Flotta Terminal.

A graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Konsthogskolan, Stockholm, Sue Jane Taylor is a recipient of the Glenfiddich Living Scotland Award and has held previous residencies at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Armidale Gallery and Museum in New South Wales, Australia.


Sue Jane Taylor is currently involved in documentation of the Beatrice Project off the Caithness coast which aims to assess the feasibility of large scale deep water offshore wind farms. Taylor’s work raises important questions about the relationship between art, environment and industry. The human element of labour in relation to environment is a particular focus of her work

In August 2008 she returned from a two month residency which was part-funded through HI~Arts in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council Visual Artist Awards scheme and hosted by Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ) in Western Tasmania, and is now developing a body of work based on her experiences underground at the Mount Lyell Coppermine and Henty Goldmine

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