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Wed, 07 Jun


The Margate School

Jump in the deep end - exhibition of works by Sue Pitman

This inaugural show of paintings by Sue Pitman has taken inspiration from the concept of “the journey”

Jump in the deep end - exhibition of works by Sue Pitman
Jump in the deep end - exhibition of works by Sue Pitman

Time & Location

07 Jun 2023, 10:00 – 12 Jun 2023, 16:00

The Margate School, 31-33 High St, Margate CT9 1DX, UK

About the Event

Wednesday 7 to Monday 12 June, 10am to 4pm

Jump in the deep end is the first collection of images painted by Sue Pitman after her career in advertising as a photographic stylist.

The inspiration for the show is the concept of the journey.

The images cover memories of locations and set designs but often she returns to themes of respect for the sea and its changing moods.  She uses tear sheets and mood boards to work out ideas, just like she did on advertising projects exactly as you see in Mad Men. She feels she is starting again from where she left off painting as a teenager and has a lot of catching up to do.  This is just another stage of the journey.

Since moving to Margate and taking a workspace at The Margate School, Sue is thrilled to be in the midst of a vibrant creative community at this stage of her life.


Born in 1950, Sue grew up on a council estate in South London.

In the 1960s she did a pre-dip at St Martins college of art followed by a job in an ad agency.

She then worked for photographer Brian Duffy whose style and influence have always stayed with her.

She was offered a job at Vogue, but was intrigued by film and tv and got a job in drama series at the BBC.

Once freelance the 70s and 80s were a succession of ads including for Benson and Hedges, Texaco and Smirnoff, plus fashion trips, cookery books and interior shoots including brochures  for Habitat, CP Hart, Roca and Grohe, plus PR shoots for Dulux and Sandersons.

In the 90s Sue set up a production company to handle photography and press events such as the launch of M&S home and Sainsbury’s home, Homebase and Woolworths.

Central Saint Martins invited Sue to devise and teach a short course about interior styling and she continued this throughout.

In between all this she studied for a BA with the OU.

Learning is the key and if you don’t ask, you don’t find out

Discover more about Sue Pitman HERE

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