Susan Diab is an artist whose practice encompasses a broad range of media, activities and sites.
A former linguist, Susan's interests cross arts practice in higher education as well as the role of the artist within different projects of empowerment such as community or outreach art, artist employability and the wider remit of art education.
A former linguist, Susan Diab's art practice encompasses a broad range of media, activities and sites. She is interested in the role of the artist within different projects of empowerment such as community or outreach art and has worked in the field of artist employability and art education.
Susan Diab initially studied and taught Modern Languages (French and German) before moving into art practice and completing a degree in Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Brighton in 1995. Her teaching career began in 1984 as an English language assistant at a school in Germany and she is now a Senior Lecturer in Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton. She also lecturers in her capacity as Set Facilitator on the PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in HE with the Centre for Learning and Teaching. Alongside this she has been delivering professional development assistance to artists via various Arts Council funded schemes such as eta and latterly arc.
She has developed a strong regional career profile working as a freelance artist in a number of contexts crossing the divide between studio- and collaboration- based activities. These have included public commissions, artist-led initiatives, outreach projects and open studios.
Art galleries and organisations she has worked with include: Reg Vardy Galley, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Fabrica Gallery, Brighton; Towner, Eastbourne; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Brighton Museum; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; John Hansard, City Art Gallery, Millais Gallery, Southampton; Hastings Museum and Art Gallery; Modern Art Oxford; OVADA, South Hill Park, Bracknell; Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Susan Diab’s work includes practice as an artist alongside engagement at the interface of the arts and education sectors. Her interests are in:
Diab, Susan (2017) Project time-travel: reflections on learning by revisiting childhood school projects In: Hayler, Michael and Moriarty, Jessica, eds. Self-narrative and pedagogy: stories of experience within teaching and learning. Sense, The Netherlands, pp. 31-44. ISBN 9789463510219
Diab, Susan (2017) Writing gown: the challenges of making a new artwork about sexism within academia In: Kirsti, C. and Hassel, H., eds. Surviving sexism in academia: strategies for feminist leadership. Routledge, UK. ISBN 9781138696846
Cornford, Matthew and Diab, Susan (2014) The student placement scheme: teaching and learning post-studio practice Journal of Visual Art Practice, 13 (1). pp. 41-49. ISSN 1470-2029
Diab, Susan (2013) The waste remains In: Remes, Outi, ed. Ubiquitous materials: an exhibition by Jeannie Driver and Christopher Lundie. Jeannie Driver, UK, pp. 23-34. ISBN 9781471066634
Diab, Susan (2009) Lost Horizons [Exhibition]