Art Exhibitions

Please contact me if you would like to show my artworks.

I am currently working on new stitched drawings & paintings inspired by where I live in the Dernol Valley.


Old School House Gate - Dernol Valley digital photograph

Old School House Gate, Dernol Valley. 9th Photography Open Exhibition June – November 2019. Pen’rallt Gallery & Bookshop, Machynlleth, Powys

Image on right: 'OUR GATE - Dernol Valley' PHOTOGRAPH - SUE PURCELL
Image on right: ‘OUR GATE – Dernol Valley’ PHOTOGRAPH – SUE PURCELL

Open Exhibition September – November 2018. Pen’rallt Gallery & Bookshop, Machynlleth, Powys

Image on right: 'In the moment' PAINTING - SUE PURCELL
Image on right: ‘In the moment’ PAINTING – SUE PURCELL

Current exhibition
In this exhibition my main inspiration has been from observations travelling around mid–Wales. I wanted to capture the fleeting moments of the different colours, forms, textures and sounds in a variety of ways. For example, I visited the Elan Valley regularly over a nineteen month period, and made other trips from home to Pontrobert and over the mountain road to Machynlleth on a weekly basis over a shorter period of time, recording in a notebook what I felt and saw; I then used this to develop my artworks, including incorporating text into them, in my studio later – hence the title of my show ‘Outside In’.

After joining the Arwystli artists group, I was inspired to use photography, as well as my usual note-taking, out in the field, and to see what developed later; not knowing where this would lead to encouraged me to try a different way of working. Two of the group’s trips were to the mid–Wales historic mining sites at Cymystwyth and Bryn Tail, and I also made a solo trip to the Silver Mountain mine at Ponterwyd. Contemplating these experiences, I experimented with materials indoors, which freed me from the traditional approach of picture-making outdoors.


‘MY MUSINGS’ are on show in the “Voices” section of the exhibition Oriel Davies Gallery Newtown, Powys. November 2014 – 25th February 2015. These notes were made when I went on a day-long ‘walking writing workshop’ organised by Oriel Davies, run by writer / poet Chris Kinsey, took place in an ancient semi-natural woodland near Presteigne, owned by the Sidney Nolan Trust.

Side by side

Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth. 8th October – 4th November 2014 SIDE BY SIDE two of my free-standing drawings (described as ‘columns’) have been selected by renowned artist and sculptor Stephen West to be included in this show. My drawings, titled ‘DRAWN TOGETHER – found nest & fallen oak’ and ‘That’s the order of things – SEEDS’ feature a full-size foxglove plant, dandelion seeds, ivy, and the hint of an oak tree!

Details of ‘That’s the order of things – SEEDS’ are shown below.

This exhibition is part of Powys Arts Month: a cultural celebration of visual and performing arts in Powys. My first ‘Artist in Residence’ day in the museum, on Wednesday 28 May went well, so I will be doing it again on Thursday 26 June, another opportunity during the show to meet me at work in the museum.

10 September – 4 November 2013 An exhibition of my mixed-media paintings and printed greetings cards are on show
in the friendly atmosphere of the Art Café. Opening hours Mon – Fri 10.30am – 4pm. Everybody welcome!
25% of sales will go to Mid Powys Mind.

‘Postcard Portraits’ Sea Lily #1

Sea Lily # 1

May 7th – June 2nd 2013. Nature in Art International Centre of Wildlife Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucestershire. I am participating in a special fundraising exhibition at Nature in Art, the International Centre of Wildlife Art, Gloucestershire, where amongst other artworks by many artists, my ‘Sea Lily’ fossil drawing is on show.
May 2013 marks the 25th. anniversary since Nature in Art opened its doors to the public.

Arts and Crafts Sale

Minerva Arts Centre
High Street, Llanidloes
10 November – 24 December 2012

I have a range of hand-made cards and decorative plaques for sale

An Acre of Art is an exciting new multi-roomed gallery and café in north Herefordshire,
where I will be exhibiting my series of moth paintings. April & May 2012

Essence of Iridescense - Scarlet Tiger Moth  Essence of Puss Moth

Arts and Crafts Sale

Minerva Arts Centre
High Street, Llanidloes
12 November – 24 December 2011

Lesser horseshoe bats at Marteg Bridge

Sue Purcell exhibiting hand-made cards, framed prints and glass-works.

The Bleddfa Christmas Fair 3 -18 December 2011

 Sue Purcell exhibiting a new range of original hand-made festive season cards, framed prints and glass-works.

‘Delights of Drawing’

Erwood Station Craft Centre, Near Builth Wells
22-23 October 2011

One of the Powys Arts Month events, this is a demonstration and drop-in workshop.


As part of h.Art’s Open Studios event, Kathy Packwood and I are showing an exhibition exploring the richness of images inspired by Nature via paintings, prints, textiles, glass and book artworks. There will also be a Open Studio meet the artist: Sue Purcell – ‘Delights of Drawing’ on Sunday 11th September, 1 – 5 pm.

Toad with a RaindropRed Damselfly  Orangetip with a Raindrop

Inspired by Nature’

Mid Wales Arts Centre
Caersws, Powys
30 June – 31 July 2011

Essence of Puss Moth    

1+1 = Kathleen Packwood + Sue Purcell joint exhibition, with guest artist Terri Sweeney

‘Contemporary Art for Christmas’

The Lloyd Gill Gallery
Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
13 December 2010 – 7 January 2011

LOOP THE LOOP Black Mountains with Blue Mountain GliderHeron

‘Powys for Christmas’

Wyeside Arts centre
Builth Wells, Powys
16 November 2010 – 5 January 2011

Autumn # 1  Monkshood

The Palace Arts Fair

Fulham Palace, London
7 – 10 October 2010

Aberglasney  Kingfisher

Above Beneath Beyond

Nature in Art
Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucestershire
17 Aug – 5 Sep 2010

This is a joint exhibition by myself and two artist friends, Kate Hammersley and Kathleen Packwood; we will each be spending some time at the venue as Artist in Residence.

This exhibition is an opportunity to see new work by three artists whose experience of living in rural Britain informs their art practice. Here landscape and the ‘natural’ world are perceived intuitively through an eclectic use of media, including textiles, drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture. The artists push the boundaries of their chosen disciplines through an innovative use of found and reclaimed materials combined with traditional techniques. Chance, the fleeting moment and the exploration of scale are all recurring themes in their work.

Kate Hammersley works primarily in drawing and sculpture, constructing spaces and personal landscapes. She takes her inspiration from fleeting and transitory moments such as a lightning strike, a word or phrase spoken in passing or the migration of an animal and seeks to make these moments into concrete experiences.

Kathleen Packwood is a print-maker and mixed media artist who explores landscape and allows chance and randomness to coincide with ideas which emerge during the working process. She aims to reflect on nature rather than replicate the scene – creating a dialogue between direct experience, inner feeling and memory.

Sue Purcell is a painter and textile artist inspired by underwater environments and aerial landscape perspectives. She examines nature on a micro and macro level, and continuously explores ways of expressing her response, in this ever changing world.

The artist in residency dates are as follows :

16–22 Aug : Kate Hammersley

27–30 Aug : Sue Purcell

Dates t.b.c. : Kathy Packwood

 ‘Look Just Look’

Great Oak Café
Great Oak Street, Llanidloes,
30 Nov 2009 – 2 Jan 2010

Art By The Yard presents my exhibition ‘Look Just Look’ in the Great Oak Café  (open Mon-Sat 9 – 5 pm)

Showing a range of paintings on cotton canvas, where colours and textures are captured by using mixed media in an abstract way to engage the viewer to ‘look just look’.

Monkshood. Oils, textiles, on canvas. 51 x 51 cm


Also in Llanidloes from 14 Nov – 24 Dec, in the Minerva Arts Centre’s Arts and Crafts Sale, there is a range of my hand-made greetings cards, alongside a wide range of work by other artists.

Y Llwyfan

The Centre of Cultural and Creative Excellence Carmarthen from June 2009

I am exhibiting some of my more traditional paintings in acrylic on hand made paper. They can be seen on the ground floor in the hall between the reception area and the Arts Care offices.

These paintings depict decorative fans and are not representative of my current work, but nevertheless are still part of my portfolio. The hand-made paper was made near Hay-on-Wye by Maureen Richardson.

This is a new exhibition space being used to showcase work by artists who are registered with Arts Care, changing every three months.