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Interview: Sue Caulfield on Hull Kingston Radio

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When: 3rd February 2018 at 10:10am

Where: Hull Kingston Radio

by Adele Clough

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Check out Sues Profile here

Read the transcript below

Adele: We’re talking about what took her from working in the fish industry to being an artist that I’m a bit of a fan of, thanks for being with us this morning Sue

Sue: well thanks for having me Adele.

Adele: Me and Sue are battling a little bit of the winter sniffles so bare with us if there’s any sneezing.

Sue I wanted to talk to you about your degree, you told us you’d been at Hull School of Art and Design doing a Creative Design Degree so what was that like for you as a journey it took a little while?

Sue: mm yeah the first year was it was quite a shock you know and at the beginning I was really focused my photography before that on the female form

Adele: and now in your artwork is there very much of the female form has it moved on for you

Sue: um at the moment well for the last year I’ve been I love conquering new processes you know I weld I Black Smithed and cut metal and you know I’ve learned about like paint and different effects so I was really exploring. I’ve been really exploring that and I’m really pleased with where it’s going.

Adele: Fantastic, so in terms of what you do now can people have a look at your work online and come and see any of it somewhere locally how can we find you online?

Sue: Online I have an Instagram account

Adele: which is sue_caulfield_artist is that right?

Sue: yeah

Adele: let me just spell your last name so first of all sue is SUE and then underscore C A U L F I E L D?

Sue: yeah

Adele: almost stumbled on that let’s just confess why I nearly stumbled sue because people will notice. It’s because Sue told me to pronounce her name as if it starts with cauliflower, sue caulfield cauliflower. I might be saying it slightly wrong

“sue_caulfield_artist” and on Facebook you are?

Sue: and my art page is I think I think

Adele: it’s okay I think it’s quite a long page name but what I noticed was when I typed in “sue caulfield artist” I think it’s “artist and designer” so as I typed your name in it came up

Sue: yes “sue caulfield artist and designer”

Adele: CAULFIELD so we can check you out on social media your work is really vibrant and beautiful and there’s a real range I think for everyone and where are you displaying at the moment Sue?

Sue: moment I’ve got an account online with “1create” that’s “1CREATE.CO.UK”

Adele: and what are 1create?

Sue: there’s a team of people, Paul Frederick, it’s his baby let’s say his his baby and he gets artists and you, he puts your work online and then people can order it but it’s not just normal prints they’re on printed on aluminium and in lovely cases and t-shirts as well.

Sue Caulfield Webstore

Adele: ah so it’s really varied

Sue: yeah

Adele: great so people can check that out ( and I think are you on the high street some of your
work available to view on the high street?

Sue: yeah Traenerhus “Traenerhus” I’ve
always a bit worried how I pronounce that

Adele: I left you to say it on purpose Sue

Sue: yes, Pru Todd she stocks a lot of artists work local artists work some of the you know a lot of them kind of maybe on the Asperges spectrum or they’ve got disabilities like that so she tries to help market their work and you should go in Adele there’s some amazing stuff in there

Adele: I do know some of the artists it’s wonderful it’s really varied what I’d say is this is something for everyone

Sue: yeah I mean you know this thing’s from like a couple of quid sale to a couple of hundred quid you know you can go from a key-ring to a piece of fine art which I think’s amazing under one roof

Adele: yeah I think it’s and I think you know ethically supporting local artists and local sellers is great rather than going to the big department stores that’s just my thing I think there’s a really good feeling when you’re putting something back into our community of Hull.

Sue: Yeah it’s really boutiquee it’s lovely and you know the people are great to work with you know, I’m delivering a workshop there on the 17th of February.

Adele: is it just a one day or half a day?

Sue: It’s a three hour workshop and it’s a painting one and

Adele: is it for beginners?

Sue: Yeah it’s aimed at beginners or you know even if you’ve got a bit of experience if you want to come and produce them up atmospheric work let’s say. I’ve still got 2 places left

Adele: oh great so if people if anyone listening would like to check that out where are the details Sue online? Can they will they get them can they message you on Instagram or your Facebook page and find out more

Sue: send me a message I have posted a poster that I made that’s online on my Facebook but if anybody wants to message me if they can’t find it I’m happy to send it through messenger to them

Adele: fantastic so what we’re going to do is we’re gonna take a short break but before you go sue I’m hoping we can have a chat…

we’ve had a lovely chat haven’t we Sue?

Sue: I’ve really enjoyed this morning

Adele: great good and before you go I’m hoping we can just briefly chat about Banksy because we know that it’s a real Banksy but since last week show there’s now another one that’s appeared that we don’t think is a Banksy but let’s talk about it Sue, what’s your take on them?

Sue: First of all the one that’s confirmed as a Banksy and I’m really pleased that Banksy chose to come to Hull

Adele: yeah yeah I think this city of culture is it’s really put Hull on the map which I’m really pleased about cuz it was a great place you know what it was like, it’s been slagged off

Adele: Sue and it certainly has been over the years we’ve been rated like the worst place to live and all of those we’ve really been in the press for negative reasons and with City of Culture things massively changed that. But from an artist perspective what do you think the impact has been for people who are creative in the city?

Sue: erm it’s given people the opportunity I think it’s got the public’s imagination and they’re engaging more in in you know kind of creative, whether it’s visual arts or you know parades you know Hull Carnival Arts they do a fantastic job and I’ve been in some of their parades and just the I could have cried. I was so you know like lump in the throat because people are out and they were really what yeah enjoying what was happening you know sure so yeah I think it’s a very positive thing.

Adele: Good and Banksy I know you’re heading there later aren’t you today

Sue: I’m gonna go and have a look for myself.

Adele: Are you gonna go and look at both of them or just the one that’s confirmed as a banksy?

Sue: I’m gonna look at both of them oh good and you know hopefully make my own mind up with you know whether the second one is Banksy or not.

Adele: They look similar in style from what I’ve seen on screen they do look fairly similar yeah who knows, I mean I just think it’s kind of exciting too either way somebody has done a second lovely piece of art for the city which whether it’s a Banksy or not

Sue: but certainly the Banksy erm it’s got lots of press. It’s got people together particularly because we had a little incident where somebody maybe didn’t like the Banksy and decided to cover it up and then people are out on mass to rescue the Banksy and I kind of think that maybe says something about this as a city that we we do come together as a community when we need to. We do you know Hull people aren’t scared to stand up for the like or what they want and you know I was really quite upset when you know I really seen and heard that Banksy’s piece had been you know ruined mmm but when that Paul you know there was photographs of Paul kind of clean it off and and that made me really proud I thought yeah that’s

Adele: yeah absolutely and I just think it’s part of the story I think it’s just part of the tapestry of Hull

I know people have been really upset and focused on the sort of negative but I think there is an opportunity to think it does really, it shows in all its glory that we do find a way and that we are quite resilient.

Sue: I think as a city I think Hull people they might come up you know southerners may think northerners they’re really tough and you know they’ve got no culture and no etiquette and yeah but a lot of whole people speak as they find which I really like and generally you know I’ve tried living out of Hull and I find Hull compared to everywhere else it’s really the people are really happy generally and friendly you know you can you can chat to somebody on the bus or at the bus stop you know

Adele: absolutely not feel afraid and that’s my experience too when I go to other parts of the country it’s kind of people give you side long looks if you say good morning unless you’re walking a dog

Sue: yeah it’s a bit cliquey elsewhere I say yeah so you can talk to anyone

Adele: absolutely so just a reminder before we say goodbye to sue that you can and check out her artwork she is on Instagram “sue_caulfield_artist” caulfield is CAULFIELD if you go on facebook she also has an artist page just type in Sue Caulfield and I think it’s “artist and designer” but it’ll come up as you start typing it in the search box so do go and have a look and also check out the workshop that’s coming up, remind me of the day of your next workshop?

Sue: I’ve got one on the 17th February…

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