Susanne Nørregård Nielsen is a Fife-based Danish artist. Susanne is interested in illuminating art works central to the 20th century canon, to provoke new thinking on the impact of artists practice using feminine gendered materiality. Most current work investigates the influence of textiles on early 20th century visual art, in particular abstract painting with a focus on Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s practice. Recently she has been relooking and thinking about Agnes Martins work and would like to explore the potential for weaving ‘Five Tea Towels for Agnes’.

During her stay at Cove Park, she will be working on developing five grid designs for the tea towels, making small weaving samples and warp samples exploring colour and yarn. Part of the time will also be dedicated to an open-ended exploration of new materials, like a range of Awagami paper, ink, watercolors and gouache.

Susanne originally trained as a screen-printer in Copenhagen, before studying printmaking and painting at the Art Academy (P.W.S.S.P.) in Poznan, Poland. After two years she went on to study in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1998. Susanne is a lecturer in the Painting and Printmaking Department of The Glasgow School of Art.

Newly launched in 2023, The Bridge Awards Residency is a two-week funded residency for an artist based in Scotland whose career has been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis. The aim is to provide the artist with time and space to reconnect with their practice, and to do this within the peaceful, supportive, and inspiring context of Cove Park and its national and international residency programme.

We are grateful to The Bridge Awards for initiating and supporting this residency, and to the cancer care charity Maggie’s for their advice.

Image: Susanne Nørregård Nielsen, Plain-weave double cloth in wool, Sample size: 36 x 24.5 cm, ‘Art into Production’, 2016