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Personal Profile, Exhibitions, Commissions and CV

Personal profile

Shimmerfire is Susan Graves, residing in Nottingham, England. I have pleasure in presenting my Personal Profile, Exhibition History and CV. I am deligted to hear from anyone interested in showing my art, commissioning a work, or engaging me in any of the services offered on this website such as workshops, or website design - please email me at susan.graves@shimmerfire.co.uk

I am a Digital Artist and Designer with a wide repertoire of graphic skills in the abstract / surrealistic style, and I offer artworks for sale, both in my web based Shop, via retailer resellers, exhibitions and individual commissions. My skills span graphic design and the use of the computer as a digital laboratory.

I have an extensive library of images available, and I undertake commissions to customerís exact print/web-ready specification, including colour-scheme matching if required.

In addition, I now offer website design - see my Website Design page for further details.

Exhibition History

Shimmerfire submits regularly to exhibitions, and is particularly keen on supporting the East Midlands Region of England artistic community, and Nottingham, my home town in particular - the acknowledged cultural hub of the East Midlands. Nottingham is renowned worldwide for it's historic fashion industry and is home to Nottingham Trent University, which offers respected study in fashion and the arts. The city is also the centre of a thriving and growing nightlife, and the shopping is equal to London and Manchester!

Owing to logistics, my exhibition submissions are generally restricted to English shows. However, I do show on numerous international web-based virtual galleries and shows. Please see my Homepage for affiliated webrings and my Links page for affiliate websites, which show my work

I research unsolicited offers to exhibit very carefully before submitting work or paying fees. I am very good at detecting confidence tricksters and other disreputable opportunists - so unless you are sincere, please do not waste your time contacting me.

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham - Arts Market

14 Sep 2003

This annual event at the Broadway, offers fine art pieces at affordable prices in a no-fuss environment. I sold serveral pieces and took orders for commissions for work now in private collections around Nottingham.

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham - Movie Projection into Restaurant

date to be announced

The Broadway, sited in the centre of the city, is Nottingham's alternative cinema and one of the Region's main new-media art venues.

Nottingham Castle Museum: Annual Open Art Exhibition 2001

10 Nov - 28 Nov 2001

Nottingham Castle Museum: Annual Open Art Exhibition 2002

10 Nov - 28 Nov 2002

Both Nottingham Castle Exhibition selections were chosen by the Nottingham Castle Museum curators from a substantial body of work submitted by Nottingham artists. This high profile annual exhibition is a valued and respected showcase for local and Regional artists.

Alley Cafe Bar, Nottingham : Solo show - The Fractal Project

3 Jan - 15 Feb 2002

The Alley Cafe is a cosy, mellow bar in the centre of Nottingham, offering wallspace to emerging and established artists. I was delighted to exhibit at this venue, my first solo show!

Turtle Arts Basement Gallery, Nottingham: Imperfect Future

22 Mar - 9 Apr 2002

Turtle Arts (now defunct and reincarnated as the Surface Gallery) was a loose collective of artists who rented a basement in the centre of Nottingham, periodically showing challenging, eclectic work from the diverse community and academic local arts community.

Turtle Arts Basement Gallery, Nottingham: Fascination

10 Sep - 28 Sep 2001

This show collected works by pioneering and challenging Nottingham artists.

Stantonbury Gallery, Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Digital Art Exhibition

29 Sep - 11 Oct 2003

A high profile show of digitally generated / manipulated images. I was asked to show by Alan King, proprietor of Milton Keynes Digital Artists website run by Alan King.

South Hill Park, Berkshire: Movie projection into Atrium Restaurant

13 Oct - 26 Oct 2003

My art shown, projected to large scale in this long establish respected arts centre.

Arts Pool: Impact

May 12th 2003

This showcase event for emerging and established artsts, selected to share ideas with programmers, organisers and arts development officers who work in Nottinghamshire. Over 150 organisations attended this succesful forum.

Art For Life Gallery, Sherwood, Nottingham

Resident Artist

Art for life show my work both framed and unframed and offer my greetings cards. A charming gallery in the Nottingham suburbs.

Harding House Gallery, Lincoln

Resident Artist

Art for life show my prints and offer my greetings cards in this beutiful gallery in the historic centre of Lincoln.

Neo Arts Gallery (now defunct), Nottingham

Resident Artist 2001 - 2002

This chic, gallery in a marvelously restored Victorian Neo Gothic folly in the heart of Nottingham's Lace Market area offered my work during it's brief life as a high street venture. I remain close to the proprietors who continue in their picture framing business.

Will's Art Warehouse, London

Resident Artist 2002

Big modern gallery which showed some 20 of my images for a year or so.

Echo Boutique, Nottingham

Resident Artist 2002 to date

I sell my clothing and textiles designs through this quirky, individualistic boutique in the centre of Nottingham.


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Nimtech (Createx)

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Nottinghamshire County Council: Brochure/Posters: circulation 90,000.

Nottinghamshire County Council: Costume Design for History Week for Schools.

Nottinghamshire County Council: Mural - Internal murals for schools.

Nottingham City Council: Creation of websites for schools.

Private Commission for Health Club: Limited Edition large format images.

Private clients: Creation of artist websites.

Private clients: Numerous artwork commissions.

Gallery, craftshops and retailers: Hand crafted and fine art greetings cards.

Educational Workshops

Nottinghamshire County Council - Toothill School: Two inter-disciplinary workshops based on fractal art delivered to 6th formers studying Graphics Design, Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art and Photography.

Groundworks, Mansfield Nottinghamshire: Mural art workshop.

Curriculum Vitae

I am able to supply a full CV to support Commissions and offers of Educational Workshops. For security reasons I do not publish it here in full. Below is a very abreviated summary of my capabilities and key skills. If you wish to engage me, please do not hesitate to email me at susan.graves@shimmerfire.co.uk for my more detailed CV.

  • Skilled practitioner in most arts and crafts media.
  • Effective project planner with total commitment to meeting objectives and deadlines within budget.
  • Self-starter, able to initiate projects from the employer or customer's brief.
  • Adaptable and responsive to the employer or client's current and changing needs.
  • Effective prioritiser and manager of risk.
  • Team leadership and staff management skills, including training and development of staff developed in a number of diverse managerial positions.
  • Excellent communicator and networker; orally, written and via new media and electronic formats.
  • Fluent in all key computer applications: WP, Spreadsheet, Database, Powerpoint, Outlook and other PIMs, Dreamweaver, most graphics creation and manipulation software. My wide range of IT skills enables me to pick up new applications very quickly.
  • Skilled in formulation, analysis and review of business processes.