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Susanna Heron (Landscape Design, 2001)heron_slate_frieze_W1920

Susanna Heron

Fellow in 2001 for Landscape Design

Susanna Heron is a British site specific artist.

Born in Welwyn Garden City in 1949, Heron grew up in Cornwall. Her first exhibition of sculpture was shown at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1985, displaying wall-defining works and small sculptures. Solo exhibitions followed at Camden Arts Centre in 1989, Newlyn Art Gallery in 1992 and the Mead Gallery, Warwick University in 2002.

In 1993 Heron was awarded her first site specific commission, Slate Frieze; installed at the Council of the European Union in Brussels in 1995, it consisted of 23 rectangular slabs of engraved slate over a 21m length wall. A series of high-profile commissions followed including Waterwindow; a waterfall and window sited at the change in levels in Priory Place in Coventry, with the fall of water evolving a water sensitive drawing on green copper, and Henslow’s Walk, comprised of four double images carved in shallow relief on an interior wall. Working with Stanton Williams Architects it was installed at the Sainsbury Laboratory for the study of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, the winner of the Stirling Prize in 2012.

In 2019 Heron completed a major work for a new Study Centre at St John’s College, Oxford by Wright & Wright Architects. Stone Drawing occupies both the external and internal faces of the west wall, it is Heron’s largest shallow stone relief to date.