Back to presentations: Annual conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’Susan Priestley, Freelance arts project and development manager Susan Priestley graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Printmaking) and has worked in a variety of roles, including Exhibitions Officer at a gallery, an Arts Development post for a local authority, and as Director of an independent visual arts agency. She has been a freelance arts, heritage and learning consultant and project manager since 2001 and works on a range of arts-based projects and contracts with and for galleries, museums, organisations and individuals. Susan has long had an interest in the links between art and horticulture, both in a visual sense and in terms of the crossover between art and science. She has initiated and managed a number of projects in this vein, including: public art commissions linking art and landscape; an arts engagement programme for Kielder Water & Forest Park; and Ten Plants, Ten Printmakers – a collaboration with Moorbank Botanic Garden in Newcastle linking ten printmakers with ten research scientists. She lives in Northumberland.