Sue Richards (artist)

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards at a July 2006 blogger meeting
Born 1958
Died August 2, 2014
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Artist

Sue Richards (1958 – August 2, 2014) was a Canadian artist and social entrepreneur from Guelph, Ontario.[1] Sue moved to Guelph in 1981 to attend the University of Guelph. In 2002 she launched the Breast of Canada calendar in support of breast health and breast cancer prevention.[2][3]

Following graduation and prior to starting the calendar, Richards helped grow the Hillside Festival during its first decade and served as Artistic Director from 1990–1992.

In 1998 the Artist in Community National Pilot Project funded by the Laidlaw Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council awarded Richards one of eight grants available in the country for her submission, Art Jam.[4] Community partners include AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County and Guelph and District Multicultural Centre. The pilot project wrapped up in 2000 following the controversial sale of the projects workspace, Torrance Public School.[5] Since then, Art Jam has continued to be offered as a creative leadership workshop.

In 2000 YMCAYWCA 5th Women of Distinction Awards announced Sue Richards as the recipient of the Arts and Culture Award.[6] In 2003 she was the Honorary Chair for the Women of Distinction Awards.

In late 2007, Richards stated that due to personal health concerns, she would not be publishing the 2008 edition of the Breast of Canada calendar.[7] By early 2008, Richards publicly announced she was suffering from Parkinson's disease. A benefit concert was organized on her behalf in April 2008.[8] Richards later stated that the 2009 edition would not be printed citing her health problems; nor were there 2010 or 2011 editions.[9] On August 2, 2014, Richards succumbed to her failing health.[10]

Richards blogged about women's health issues, her struggle with Parkinson's disease, and the City of Guelph.[5]


  1. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (2005-10-13). "Powerful images: Breast health calendar gains supporters in its fifth year.". Body & Health. The Windsor Star. pp. B3. 
  2. ^ "Breast calendar finds its fans slowly, surely;". Weekend: Life. The Montreal Gazette. 2003-12-20. pp. G3. 
  3. ^ Cook, Maria (2001-09-29). "Women bare breasts for cancer: A Guelph entrepreneur has developed a provocative 'Breast of Canada' calendar to raise funds and awareness of the disease.". News. The Ottawa Citizen. pp. A14. 
  4. ^ "Funds Awarded for Artists and Communities Pilot in Ontario". Ontario Arts Council. 1998-01-19. Retrieved 2006-12-14. 
  5. ^ a b Shuttleworth, Joanne (2006-04-08). "A master of reinvention". Guelph Mercury. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Guelph YMCA - YWCA :: Women Of Distinction". YMCA-YWCA of Guelph. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Breast of Canada has served us well". Guelph Mercury. 2007-08-20. pp. A8. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  8. ^ O'Flanagan, Rob (2008-04-03). "Artist with Parkinson's 'shooting for a miracle'". Guelph Mercury. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  9. ^ "2009 Breast of Canada". Breast of Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  10. ^ Migdal, Alex (2014-08-06). "Artistic pioneer Sue Richards leaves Guelph with rich cultural legacy". Guelph Mercury. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 

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