October 2018. Sue has been working on the design of a new book to celebrate the Welsh Group's seventieth anniversary. The book is due to be published at Oriel Y Bont, the University of South Wales, Treforest, on 15 November 2018. Now she is concentrating on preparing for a solo exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, early next year.

current and forthcoming exhibitions


Black Cubes

The Welsh Group
The 70 Series: The Valleys

celebrating the Welsh Group's seventieth anniversary
Oriel y Bont, Ty Crawshaw, University of South Wales, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL
29 July 2018 to 31 January 2019
open Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.30pm, Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm.
Check opening hours over Christams / New Year, 03455 76 01 01

Book Launch: The Welsh Group at 70 written by David Moore and designed by Sue Hiley Harris
Thursday 15 November, 6.00 - 8.00pm

The exhibition tours to the Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Powys, 4 May to 22 June, and Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, 19 October to 16 November 2019

The Welsh Group


copper cube

Brecon Town Open Studios 2019

Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2019
11am - 6pm

Brecon Town Open Studios

Sue Hiley Harris

Sue's focus is on creating three-dimensional woven sculpture suitable for public buildings as well as small-scale pieces for domestic settings both indoors and outdoors. Recently, following a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, her work has developed and now includes collage and woven silver brooches and bangles many of which stand as sculptures.
I respond to ideas, shapes and geometry in nature and in life. The concepts for these structures are meticulously worked out yet they have emotional connotations and impact. They bring together pervasive themes in my life and art: encompassing the study of fine art, a fascination with geometry, an abiding interest in science and the environment, a deep understanding of the structure of yarn and the practice of weaving.

Examples of Sue's work can be seen in the gallery pages here on the website and more information about Sue can be found on the cv page. Details of current and forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and lectures, publications for sale and information about purchasing or commissioning work are on this page.

lectures and workshops

Hemp String Bag

Hemp String Bags
An opportunity to explore the remarkable materials and structure of Australian Aboriginal string bags and to learn to spin a yarn and to make various types of knotted and looped string bags.

Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School
4 to 11 August 2019
Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 3FR
Applications open in September 2018

Association of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Summer School 2019

Sue Hiley Harris is available to give lectures and workshops on silk spinning, Australian Aboriginal string bag making and on her own work and influences.
Please contact her if you are interested and wish to receive further information.

Arts Council of Wales. Creative Wales Award 2013

Sue was awarded a Major Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales to explore hte possibility of making woven body sculpture. As part of the experimentation Sue has studied the body through attending weekly life drawing sessions. She has also studied historical costume and body ornament worn in many parts of the world and has learnt silversmithing techniques. Sue is now working on a body of new work infuenced by these experiments and new techniques.

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Ancestor Bags

Ancestor Bags - detail

Ancestor Bags is a major installation which was shown at MOMA Wales in 2009 and at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax in 2011.

This, the latest work by the Australian-born sculptor weaver who has lived in Wales since 1981, is an installation of thirty suspended abstract works, each representing one of her direct British and Australian ancestors over four generations. Visitors are invited to walk amongst them. She was inspired after seeing an Aboriginal string bag in Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum with an old label indicating that it had been used 'for carrying the bones of dead relatives.' It was similar to one sent by her mother. The details of the weaving, dyeing and construction of each work - as well as the materials used - convey coded information about members of her family. Shown together, the hangings are a unique visual exploration of ancestry. (David Moore 2009)

A catalogue is available. Details are below under Publications.

Ancestor Bags was supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Usk Valley Trust

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Book Cover

Hynafiaduron / Ancestor Bags: Sue Hiley Harris
Text by David Moore. Published by The Crooked Window, Brecon, 2009.
ISBN 978 0 9563602 0 5 paperback, 19.5cm x 21cm, 20 pages, Welsh and English text, illustrated.
This publication may be purchased from the Crooked Window website.
Crooked Window

Book Cover

8 Stones 8 Artists, Exploring the Beacons Way Art Trail
Text by David Moore. Published by Little Fish Press, 2007.
ISBN 978 0 9550617 1 4 paperback, 21cm x 30cm, 24 pages + 24 sheets tracing paper and two wax crayons, Welsh and English text, illustrated.
This publication may be purchased from the Crooked Window website.
Crooked Window

Book Cover

yma ac acw . hier und da . here and there
The Welsh Group and BBK Dusseldorf exchange catalogue.
Published by The Welsh Group, 2014.
ISBN 978 0 9560867 2 3 paperback, 15cm x 21cm, 132 pages,
Welsh, German and English text, illustrated.
Please enquire if you would like to purchase a copy.

purchasing and commissioning

Individual works are for sale. Prices range from £300 to £3000. Sue has undertaken many commissions for both indoor or outdoor sculpture and welcomes both public and private commissions. Please contact Sue if you wish to discuss purchasing or commissioning a piece of work.

Sue also welcomes contact from galleries interested in exhibiting her work on a short term or interested in representing her work.


images and text © Sue Hiley Harris
photography © Sue Hiley Harris unless acknowledged on the individual images
website design © Sue Hiley Harris 2017


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