Susan Clark, Director
Post-Graduate Diploma Visual A & D, AUT University
Certificate in Design, Unitec
Sue’s fascination with art is life-long. She first started teaching pottery to local school children from her home in Karekare in the 1990’s. “I was fascinated by the reaction of children to the pottery wheel and just got so much enjoyment out of watching them try something and succeed. It seemed to fill them with confidence.”
Sue went on to work at various early childhood centres in West Auckland where invariably the art area would become ‘Sue’s Space’. This led to her enrolling at Unitec in a one-year arts foundation course in 2000. In 2001 the art studio at Youthtown in Auckland Central became the focus for her creativity and the begininning of full-time work building the art programme. Over the next few years she studied art history, archaeology, anthropology and Maori Studies papers part-time at Auckland University and was then accepted for an AUT Post-grad diploma in Art and Design in 2012.
Sue’s experience is vast and varied; she has worked with people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, including special needs groups and setting up an holiday art programme at Starship hospital.
“Making art and assisting others to make art makes me happy, fulfilled and complete. Not everyone feels confident enough to begin a creative project and the collaborative process takes that concern away and makes the next step more accessible and more fun. Each person can contribute to whatever level or ability they have and the pieces come together to support each other. I think it is a lovely lesson to learn, that on your own you can achieve a certain amount but together you can achieve so much more.”