Dr Susan Carr is an artist, art therapist, researcher and writer, with 12 years experience working in palliative care based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Susan has published articles in academic journals, and presented papers at many national and international conferences. Since completing her PhD in 2015 Susan has written a book entitled Portrait Therapy exploring the theory and practice behind this innovative and pioneering intervention. Susan’s work has also recently attracted a grant from the Arts Council England, to stage the first major exhibition of this work, this will be held at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from 12 July – 10 September 2017 and Susan plans to follow this with a touring exhibition of the portraits, including new works during 2018/2019.
Susan’s professional journey began with a BA (Hons) degree in Design/Illustration at Swindon School of Art in the 1990s, followed by two years as Artist in Residence at Hreod Parkway Secondary School in Swindon. Working with some of the pupils in the ‘Exclusion Unit’ Susan began to see how Art could be used as therapy, and enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire for an MA in Art Therapy. After qualifying Susan worked for 12 years as an art therapist at the Prospect Hospice in Swindon and in 2008 returned to university, this time Loughborough, for her PhD.
Aside from her portrait therapy work Susan takes portrait commissions and also paints impressionist landscapes and seascapes en plein air of which you can find out more by visiting the website: susanmcarr.co.uk