deepspaceworks is now permanently closed as of 30th March 2024.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved over the last two decades.
This website remains simply as an archive of some of the things we got up to.
Su Billington

Su Billington

Su Billington

Artist Statement

Love for curating combined with interest in self portraiture are realized in works that draw on the performance of experience; perform the experience of drawing; experience the performance of drawing.

Recent work includes ‘DRAWING on the PERFORMANCE of the EXPERIENCE’ combining three elements to draw on lesser-used senses at live events such as improvised music.

Current work also includes ‘Field Press Series’ –  an attempt to archive the material elements in life that tame the free spirit.

Biography (click to expand)

Having had a lifelong interest in art, I have maintained most of my work experience in various fields within Fine Arts and Crafts and am committed to Fine Art practice as an enabler and as a working artist.

June/July 2011 PTLLS

Sept 2007 – Sept 2009 MA Fine Art
University of Gloucestershire

Sept 2002 – June 2007 BA Hons Fine Art
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

Sept 2001- June 2002 National Open College Network
French Conversation 3 Credits
Gloscat, Tewkesbury.

Jan 2001 – Mar 2001 NOCN, Gloscat, Cheltenham.
Information Technology 1 Credit

Sept 1974 – July 1975 Textile and Screen-printing Foundation
Sept 1973 – July 1974 Fine Art Foundation
Basingstoke Technical College

Sept 1973 – July 1975 A-Levels in Art and Crafts; Crafts
Sept 1968 – July 1973 O-Levels in Art; Art and Craft; French;
History; English and English Literature

June 2010 – Jan 2012 Fine Art tutor for Art Shape.

Sept 2008 – present Director of deepspaceworks, Arts Centre
11 Hamilton St., Charlton Kings GL53 8HN
‘deepspaceworks’incorporating deepspacestudios and deepspacegallery, a community arts space and home to 14 working artists, artizan factory and artist’s books collection. Aimed at: whole community including adults with learning, physical and mental health difficulties. For: exhibitions, visual arts classes, fine art society, hand made puppet shows and monthly bazaars. Developing: printmaking department, artist residencies, screening room, links to other arts organisations.
July 2006 – Sept 2008 Studio at Hamilton Street, Charlton Kings,
Cheltenham as member of Zero3 Group as

July 2003 – June 2006 Studio at Lansdown Studios, Lansdown Industrial Estate, Cheltenham.
Member of ‘Zero3’, sixteen under-graduate, graduate & post-graduate artists, working and exhibiting both as a group and as individuals.

Nov 2002 – Sept 2009 Waitrose partner, Wine & Fresh Foods Depts., part-time. Seven years of commitment to a company with which training, discipline, good time-keeping and partnership skills were essential.

Feb 2001 – present Paint Effects/Mural Painter/Signwriter
This work involves hand painting kitchens, bathrooms, staircases etc and individual pieces of furniture with any effects required e.g. antiquing, distressing, marbling, wood-graining etc. I also take commissions for Mural painting and for Fine Art painting e.g. Portraits (see portfolio). This job involves a lot of travelling – from the Cotswolds to the South of France, where I have been invited to revamp a kitchen and on a second occasion to create an aged floor design in the style of a medieval Provencal ceramic.

Aug 1997 – present Exhibitor of personal work
See attached sheet for exhibition resume.

Sept 1985 – June 2003 Studio, Cooks Green Cottage, Lower Apperley
Fine Art Painter and Sculptured Cake Maker
As well as sign writing etc. I was taking commissions for paintings in oils & watercolours, drawings & sculptured cakes (see portfolio).

Sept 1985 – Aug 1997 Self employed Sign writer, Painter, Calligrapher
Apperley Court Studio
This work included: sign writing with paintings on freestanding and fixed boards, Roll of Honour boards (e.g. for Dean Close School, Cheltenham), Pub signs etc; Mural painting in nightclubs (in various towns across the country) and also in private houses.

June 1978 – Feb 1983 Self employed Screen printer,
The Old Roses Convent, Stroud /
The Arts Centre (Axiom), Cheltenham
Main work involved screen-printing posters for music (& other) events for Cheltenham, Stroud, Tewkesbury etc including for ‘U2’, ‘The Beat’, ‘Generation X’, ‘Bad Manners’, ‘The Damned’, ‘E.M.F.’, etc. I also screen-printed onto fabrics, T-shirts, banners, tea cloths etc.

Feb 1977 – May 1978 Screen Printer, Payne’s Plastics, Chalford, Glos
Solely responsible for industrial screen-printing unit at which I printed on metals and plastics e.g. promotional material (main client, Kraft Foods), fruit machine components and stereo unit fronts.

Having engineered and co-ordinated a successful campaign to save a long established Fine Art degree course, threatened by closure at The University of Gloucestershire, I gained skills in communication, problem solving, IT and teamwork. A major part of the campaign involved a public exhibition, adding PR, organisational, curatorial and general management experience to my list of skills.
I have taken these skills into the field of curation and have to date personally put together six exhibitions including ‘Emery Walker: Man of Letters’ as a guest curator for Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, walking, reading, music, visiting exhibitions, gardening and my pets. I am a keen traveller and like to visit remote parts of the world as well as exploring the English countryside. Am passionate about helping to promote other artists especially those in exile whether from their countries or their bodies. I am continually developing a special interest in the art and culture of Tibet.

References available on request


‘Shakespeare Boxed & Other Stories,
deepspacegallery, Cheltenham 20 Dec 2012 – 5 January 2013

‘Sail’ 2012 Part 1
deepspacegallery, Cheltenham
A 2-Fold Exhibition of works by 16 Artists 12 – 26 May 2012

‘Sail’ 2012 Part 2
Pop Up Gallery, NBA, Cirencester
A 2-Fold Exhibition of works by 16 Artists 16 – 27 May 2012

Stone Music: artist’s postcards
Meantime, Cheltenham 1 – 8 February 2012

COS11 at deepspaceworks
Cheltenham 4 – 12 June 2011

‘The MA & Other Contemporary Art Show’
Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street,
Somerset. 22 Feb – 27 March 2010

deepspacestudios members
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 20 Jan – 18 March 2010

Drawing with Ortelius Drew
Open West, Cheltenham 12 February 2010

MA Show, Summerfield Gallery, Pittville,
University of Gloucestershire. September 2009

BA Show Pittville Studios, University of
Gloucestershire, June 2007

‘re:creation’ Virtual Arts, Brewery Centre, 26 Feb-1 March 2007

‘Mix’ Exhibition, Leyhill, Bristol 1 – 31 October 2006

Cheltenham Artists Open Houses June 2006

Zero 3 Group Show, The Link Gallery,
Cheltenham General Hospital 2 April – 30 June 2004

‘Framed Work for the Future’
Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham 17November – 1 December 2003

British Heritage Open Weekend, Cheltenham
Town Hall Exhibition – Zero 3 Group 12 – 15 September 2003

‘All Creatures Great & Small’
Parkfields Gallery, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford. 21 Sept – 4 Nov 2002

Deerhurst Flower Festival, Odda’s Chapel 24 – 26 August 2002

Cheltenham Open Air Exhibition 1 – 7 July 2001

Syreford Gallery, Cheltenham 3 Nov. 2000 – 8 January 2001

S.W.A. 139th Annual Exhibition,
Westminster Central Hall, London 3 – 18 March 2000

Deerhurst Flower Festival, Odda’s Chapel 27 – 30 August 1999

‘Ale & Arty’ Winners Exhibition,
The Mall Galleries, London 7 – 13 December 1998

‘Ale & Arty’ Competition,
The Coalhouse Inn 27 August – 10 September 1998

Exhibition of Art, Sculpture & Furniture,
Battersea, London 4 – 6 December 1997

‘The Looking Glass’, Tewkesbury 28 October – 8 November 1997

Deerhurst Flower Festival, Odda’s Chapel 22 – 25 August 1997


‘Shakespeare Boxed & Other Stories,
deepspacegallery, Cheltenham 20 Dec 2012 – 5 January 2013

‘Health & Happiness’, ArtAble
exhibition at deepspacegallery 27 Oct – 3 Nov 2012

‘Tibet in London – Journey to the
Forbidden Land’, Kensington SW8 18 – 24 June 2012

‘Sail’ 2012 Part 1
deepspacegallery, Cheltenham
A 2-Fold Exhibition of works by 16 Artists 12 – 26 May 2012

‘Sail’ 2012 Part 2
Pop Up Gallery, NBA, Cirencester
A 2-Fold Exhibition of works by 16 Artists 16 – 27 May 2012

‘Fine Form – Horse Parade’ Public artwork
for Cheltenham Gallery & Museum August – October 2011

COS11 (Cheltenham Open Studios)
including artistboxarts launch at
deepspacegallery, Cheltenham 4 -12 June 2011

Emery Walker: Man of Letters
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 28 Nov 2009 – 28 Feb 2010

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 29 Sept – 27 October 2007

‘artistbookarts’ 2006
Ashcroft Modern Art, Cirencester 7 – 21 October 2006

‘artistsbookarts’ 2006
Pittville Studios, University of Glos. 3 – 14 May 2006

‘Alive and Kicking’
Pittville Campus, Cheltenham 10 – 20 May 2005

‘Locations’ (Site Specific)
Blackfriars, Gloucester (co-curator) 10 – 24 May 2004

‘Framed Work For The Future’
Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham 17 November – 1 December 2003


Portrait (leading)
Cleeve School, Bishops Cleeve, Glos Jan 2013 – present

Shadow Puppetry
Churchdown Parton Manor School, Glos Nov/Dec 2012

Life drawing (taught)
Cleeve School, Bishops Cleeve, Glos Nov/Dec 2012

ArtAble, deepspaceworks
Fine Art for adults with difficulties February 2012 – present

F.A.S.T (leading)
deepspaceworks Fine Art Society November 2011 – present

Life drawing (taught)
Cleeve School, Bishops Cleeve, Glos June/July 2011

artistbookarts – 6 week course
deepspaceworks November/December 2010

artistbookarts to tutors Stroud College
Presentation & practical demonstration 3 September 2010

Life Drawing (leading)
deepspaceworks, Cheltenham Since July 2010

Fine Art, Art Shape
Pittville Studios, Uni of Glos, Cheltenham June 2010 – February 2012

Fine Art Progressive
deepspaceworks, Cheltenham June 2010 – February 2012

Golden Years group collage
Elders for Art Shape (The Bishops Breakfast) June 2009

artistbookarts Curator’s talk to foundation students
Lecture Theatre, Pittville Studios, Uni of Glos May 2006

artistbookarts Curator’s talk to Fine Art students
Main Gallery, Pittville Studios, Uni of Glos May 2006