Susie MacMurray, 1959


Susie MacMurray 1959


Slightly larger than life-sized female-shaped figurative sculpture made from black nappa leather embellished with over 100,000 long silver adamantine pins. Entitled 'Widow', the figure is the fourth in a series of figurative pieces by the Manchester born artist,Susie MacMurray, and is a striking representation of her grief on her widowhood. Widow was shown at the Royal Academy from October 2010 to January 2011.

Display Label

Room 3: It’s Good to Talk Curated by the Making Conversation group Making Conversation is a group of people from all walks of life who take part in monthly workshops with artists and gallery staff. Workshops use talking and making around art objects to share and discuss contemporary ideas, concerns or issues. They are open to everyone and are planned with blind and partially sighted people in mind. We wanted to find out whether we could promote this level of conversation in a gallery space every day and we’ve selected sculptures to experiment with how a gallery can best be used to make conversation possible. We’ve also thought about the physical nature of the space itself and how much interpretation we should include. Our choice of sculptures was inspired by conversations about nostalgia, loss, history, politics and religion. We were interested in highly crafted objects and the relationships between sculptures too. Making Conversation workshops include audio description of artworks to support blind and visually impaired people to visualise the artwork. We have found that sighted people also value this closer observation of the work. Audio description by Anne Hornsby. Making Conversation takes place on the last Tuesday of every month, 1-4pm. Each workshop includes an exhibition visit, discussion and art making activities led by artists. All adults are welcome and there is no need to book.

Object Name


Creators Name

Susie MacMurray

Date Created



object: 1700mm x 2400mm

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Collection Group

fine art

Place of creation



On Display

[G12] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 12
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© Susie MacMurray/ Pangolin London

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