Sally J Morgan studied fine art, specialising in painting at Sheffield College of Art, then the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp as a British Council/Flemish Ministry of Culture Post-Graduate Scholar. In the early eighties she was awarded a European Research Fellowship in Fine Art, hosted jointly by Exeter College of Art in England, and the Academy of the Visual Arts [Staedel Schule] in Frankfurt, Germany. She later studied History at Ruskin College, under the influential social historian Raphael Samuel.
Morgan, who was born in the South Wales mining-town of Abertillery, has pursued an international artistic career. She has over fifty exhibitions to her name; presenting works across the world in venues such as London’s Institute of Contemporary Art [ICA], Bristol’s Arnolfini, and galleries in Germany, France, Switzerland and the USA. Her work is held in several collections and she has also been selected to represent contemporary British art in a number of international showcases. She has been the recipient of numerous artists grants, honoraria, and awards, and has been an independent reviewer for the UK Arts and Humanities Research Board’s Research Grants.
The Arts Council of Great Britain has described her work as representing the best of British performance art. ‘A Life In Diagrams No. 2’ was praised by the Glasgow Herald as the outstanding work in the National Review of Live Art, and the same piece was lauded by the critic Janet Hand as ‘complex, rigorous, … and exquisitely articulated’. A later work, ’Diagrams No 3’ was selected to represent UK performance art at the Fribourg International Festival in Switzerland, and Lois Keidan, Live Art Curator at the ICA, has gone on record to describe ‘Diagrams No 4’ as her ‘highlight of the year’. Sally Morgan has a continuing studio practice and actively researches in, and through, the creative arts. Recent exhibitions have been in Wellington and Dunedin.