Susan Ryland


PhD Creative Arts

University for the Creative Arts. Validated: University of Brighton ( 2011)
Thesis title: Resisting Metaphors: A metonymic approach to the study of creativity and cognition in art analysis and practice.
Research area: Interdisciplinary research combining Arts, Cognitive Linguistics and Philosophy exploring visual and sonic metaphors and metonymies in contemporary art practice and analysis.
Current research: Cognitive mechanisms of creative thought: metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche and literality. Meta-cognition for self-regulated learners.

Masters Degree

Wimbledon School of Art London (UAL), MA Fine Art: Printmaking (1998)

Postgraduate Certificates

PGC Learning & Teaching in the Creative Arts, University for the Creative Arts (2014)
PGC Advanced Research Methodologies, University for the Creative Arts (2005)

Bachelor Degree
BA Hons Fine Art. (2:1) West Surrey College of Art and Design (1980)

Appointments and Experience

Lecturer (p/t) (current)

Creativity, Innovation and Cognition, Imperial Horizons, Imperial College, London

Visiting Lecturer

MPhil/PhD Advanced Research Methodologies, Doctoral College, University for the Creative Arts, UK

MA Fine Art UCA Canterbury Campus (2013)

MA Art & Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales. (2012)
Centre for Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. (2008)

Contextual Studies and Studio Practice, Art Foundation, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. (2004-06)

Gallery Educator

Arts and Education Management

Visual Arts and Crafts Director, West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK. (1991-96)
Gallery Manager, Farnham Maltings Gallery, Surrey, UK. (1987-90)
Head of Art, Craft, Music & Drama (acting), Surrey Heath Adult Education Institute, Camberley, Surrey. (1986-1987).
Lifelong Learning Art Tutor, Surrey Heath Adult Education Institute. (1980-1987).


2012-13  Soundings: thought over time Susan Ryland, Helen Thomas & Michael Beiert
Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury (Jan-March 2013)
Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff Metropolitan University (November 2012)
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University (July 2012).
See Quicker view:

2011 Concept & Context in Practice. James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey. In conjunction with the research student conference, 16 March 2011.

2010 Word:Mass + Signifier/signified. Event-specific poster and bookwork. RaAM8    international conference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2008 Knowledge Through Practice, The Gallery at Epsom, University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, Surrey.

2006-7  Exchange Partners in Print Media, Print Council of Australia, University of the West of  England, Bristol, the Southbank Institute, Brisbane and the National Art School, New South Wales, Australia.

2005-6   Nuns Walk (site-specific sound installation), ‘Garden Journeys – digital roots to art’. Surrey County Arts Public Art Project at Polesden Lacey National Trust Property, UK. Arts Council funded.

2005  Wahle Contemporary Art. Exeter, Devon, UK.

2004  Light and Breath (site-specific video installation), ‘Beyond Belief’, St Mary’s Church, Guildford, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.
Minus One, Aldwych Underground Station, London, UK.

2002  LIFE:size. PM Gallery, Ealing, London, UK.
Junction 1: Flowers. Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.

2001  ‘Global Positioning’, commissioned for the exhibition: James Gillray – The Art of Caricature, Tate Britain, London, UK.

2000 Relativities: 4th British International Miniature Print Exhibition. Touring to: Bankside Gallery, London; City Gallery, Leicester; Rye Art Gallery; Stormont Studio, Rye, Sussex, UK.

1999  ‘Europa – Man on Cow’, commissioned for the exhibition: ‘Piranesi, Canaletto, Tiepolo-etchings from the Courtauld Collection’. Courtauld Gallery, London, UK.

1998  Unbound. James Hockey Gallery, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Arts Council funded.
Manifestations, Horsham Arts Centre, W. Sussex, UK.
Contemporary Figurative Art. Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK.
Master of Arts Printmaking Exhibition. Morley Gallery, London, UK.
Three Printmakers. Gallerie Hauptmann+Kampa, Zurich, Switzerland.

1997  National Open Print Exhibition. Printmakers Council, The Atrium, Gallery, Whiteleys of Bayswater, London.
Master of Arts & PG Diploma Printmaking Exhibition. Morley Gallery, London, UK.
The Art of Etching. Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK.
Symbiosis, Museum Art Gallery, Saint Louis, Senegal, West Africa. British Council funded.
Before the Eleventh Hour, Havant Arts Centre, Hampshire, UK.

1996  Open to Print 4. Touring exhibition: Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland and Bradford Gallery.

1995  Meudon Cultural Exchange. Cultural Centre for the Arts, Meudon, France.
Wessex Open. Southampton City Art Gallery, UK.

1992 Contemporary Art Society (CAS) Art Market. Smith’s Galleries, London, UK.

1991+2   Leicestershire Exhibition for Schools & Colleges. Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire, UK. 1990
Susan Ryland (solo show), Old Town Hall Gallery, Havant Arts Centre, Havant, Hampshire, UK.

1980 First Picture Show, Sainsbury Centre or Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK.

Conference Presentations

Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities (paper) 2014, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Manchester, UK.
Innovation, Creativity and Leadership – Research And Practice (paper) 2014, Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (ICL City 2014), City University, London.
The Experience of Diversity (paper) 2013. Enabling an Inclusive Learning Environment: Pedagogy and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK.
Deep in Thought: some tools for self-regulated learning in Higher Education (paper) 2013. Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference.
A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Art (paper) 2013. Themed Panel: Approaches to Art, Visual Culture & Performance, in Cognitive Futures in the Humanities International Conference. Bangor University, Wales.
Soundings: the emergence of meaning (paper) 2012. Innovation, Creativity and Leadership – Research and Practice, ICLCity2012, organised by the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University, London.
Soundings (soundwork: Conference Interpretation) 2012. Thinking through Drawing: Interdisciplinary symposium on drawing, cognition & education. Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.
Metaphor and Metonymy in Creative Thought and Expression Across Genres (paper) 2012, (themed panel). 9th international conference Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Lancaster University, UK.
Creativity and Cognition (paper) 2011. The Future’s Bright Conference, University of Brighton, UK
Distinguishing Metonymy from Synecdoche in Creative Thought (paper) 2011. Metonymy Workshop, Metaphor Festival, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Fleeting thought: metonymy in context (poster) 2011. Metaphor Across Time and Genre, Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) workshop, Almagro, Ciudad Real, Spain.
Changing Minds: Rhetoric in Art Activism (paper) 2011. UCA Staff Research Conference, Wellcome Conference Centre, London.
Difference and Deferral: a pragmatic definition of metonymy (paper) 2010. 8th International Conference: Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Resisting Metaphors, CREST/ GuildHE Research Symposium (paper) 2010. Woburn House, London.
Word:Mass (Book Art – Conference Intervention) 2010. 8th International Conference: Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Difference and Seriality: metonymy at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive linguistics  and art practice (paper) 2010. New Research: Diverse Practice. University     for the Creative Arts.
Resisting Metaphor: metonymy in multimodal art (paper) 2009. Metaphor, Metonymy & Multimodality: RaAM conference-workshop. Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Art (of) Resisting Metaphors (poster) 2008. Conference: Language, Cognition and Communication. University of Brighton, West Sussex, UK.
Metonymy in Contemporary Art (paper) 2008. Conference: Knowing Through Making, University for the Creative Arts.
Metonymy in Contemporary Art Discourse (paper) 2007. Research Conference. University for the Creative Arts, UK.
Metonymy in Contemporary Art: dialogue and assembly (paper) 2005. Conference: Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA). University of Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Grants Awarded:

Exhibition development and tour. Grant givers: Lancaster University, Researching and Applying Metaphor Association, Cardiff Metropolitan University and UCA for the development and presentation of the touring exhibition: ‘Soundings: thought over time’. (2012-13)
Artwork development. Grant givers: Arts Council / Surrey Arts: ‘Nun’s Walk’ – outdoor site-specific soundwork in Garden Journeys, Polesden Lacey National Trust property (2005-6)
Exhibition development. Grant giver: Arts Council: ‘Light and Breath’, site-specific video, in ‘Beyond Belief’, St Mary’s Church, Surrey. (2004)
PhD Studentship. Grant giver: University for the Creative Arts (2003-06)


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