Who are you? I am Sue Dawes, Süko is both my newly acquired artistic pen name (Sue and Co.) and the name of the gallery component of Dubbleyou + Süko.
What do you do? When Sara Spence, designer and owner of Dubbleyou and I were offered this space with the potential to become a shop, studio space and gallery, we wanted to integrate our own works, with a collaboration of works from other artists and designers, the result: Dubbleyou + Süko Sara and I will both work in the studio space with work available for sale. We anticipate Süko Gallery will provide the opportunity for artists to exhibit and invite those interested to submit their proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. My art is also an amalgamation of the many different influences, mentors and experiences that have shaped my practice. My background is in Physiotherapy and Acupuncture and my art reflects the movement and gesture of Physio overlying the subtle energy and deep philosophy of Acupuncture. Pen names or gō of Japanese artists allowed their relationships with masters to be traced; much like my history is etched into my art.
What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle? I was a student at Newcastle Art School when Renew Newcastle began and was very interested in the concept but I have only recently been able to devote more time towards my art practice. When Sara moved to Newcastle we decided to apply for a Renew Newcastle space together and we were thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity.
What are you doing in your new space? When we were offered a space we anticipated it would be a small shop-front but this is much bigger than we could have imagined which has provided more opportunity for shop plus studio plus gallery and in turn has required just a little more elbow grease! We are now into week 2 of renovations and have not stopped!
Tell us about the space. The space has been a collaborative effort already with Sara’s dad flying over from New Zealand while we have also roped in lots of advice, tools, transport, support and effort from the local Dawes clan. We have painted all of the walls, ripped up the carpet, ground the concrete and used self-levelling concrete to tidy up the floor, and have replaced most of the lighting and it is all looking so much better. Once we get all of the physical work done we can really get to business on our creative projects, and we look forward to opening as Dubbleyou + Süko.