Sarah trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and academic. Her feature films include Ecology, Perestroika (which featured in Tate Britain’s major survey, Assembly), and Perestroika: Reconstructed, conceived and executed as a gallery work (Carroll Fletcher Gallery, London, May 2013).
Her latest feature, Public House, premiered in the Documentary competition, LFF 2015, nominated for the Grierson Award. Public House has been re-mastered in 2016 for wider audiences.
She is currently Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research in the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.
Sarah will present her award-winning, Grierson nominated documentary, Public House, and the notions of cultural memory and sonic ethnography it embraces. About the film she wrote:
I thought of the soundscape as a participative memory work in order to give form to the collective voice and also to move from the I, to the WE, which in many ways is what the Ivy House story represents. The soundscape is composed of the voices of many pub users – past and present – engaging in ‘pub talk’: memories of the space as well as their fears, dreams, desires. In key moments in the film, these individual testaments build into harmonics, creating a choral refrain through the collective voice.