Approved: 16.08.2006

Sara Bowler

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an artist who periodically operates as a curator. Based in South West England, I have organised events and exhibitions in London, Shanghai, Caithness and, more recently, Cornwall, where I now live and work.

Bringing together artists whose work I admire and am interested in is my main concern. I like to observe the synergies between work and artists, particularly when responding to

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  • Location: Falmouth, South West
 
 

Biography

I am an artist who periodically operates as a curator. Based in South West England, I have organised events and exhibitions in London, Shanghai, Caithness and, more recently, Cornwall, where I now live and work. Bringing together artists whose work I admire and am interested in is my main concern. I like to observe the synergies between work and artists, particularly when responding to specific situations, locations or environments. Events in Caithness and Cornwall were predominantly within the artist-led sector although my most recent project, 'offsite : inside', at Newlyn Art Gallery in February 2008 enabled me to act purely as a curator, providing a critical distance for me to observe the process and results without being directly involved as an artist. Part of Transition (Curator's Edition), the show provided an opportunity for curators to try ideas over a five day period. 'offsite : inside' featured an artist a day for five days, effectively offering a platform for a one day solo show for Bruce Davies, James Hankey, Jacqueline Knight, Elizabeth Masterton and Stacey Righton. The show examined how work made or conceived for offsite situations faired within a white cube gallery environment. As part of this process, Paul Glinkowski was commissioned to produce an essay, a version of which is now available (June 2008) under Dialogue on the Axis website. As an artist I am often torn between creating new work and developing suitable opportunities to present it - often in association with other practitioners. I imagine this situation will continue, providing a tension in the work, where it's presented and for whom.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2005 - 2200 miles: an audio tour with maps, Transition programme for works in progress, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall Curated projects 2009 - Happidrome Three, co-programmed with Elizabeth Masterton, former radar station, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2008 - offsite : inside, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall Artist talks 2009 - Palimpsest of the past, Theoretical Archaeology Group annual conference, Durham University Projects 2009 - fell of dark, audio installation,, Happidrome Three, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2009 - ghostly lugger of croft pasco pool, DV film, Happidrome Three, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2007 - persistence, digital still animation, Happidrome One, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2003 - excavate:overlay, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, installations at Thrumster and Dunbeath, Caithness Educational experience - tertiary 2005 - Business Fellow in Visual Arts, University College Falmouth, Cornwall Site specific 2009 - pool, installation, Happidrome Three, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2007 - listening, audio tour relating to history and environment of Goonhilly Downs, Happidrome One, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall 2006 - strange flowering, Wheal Art Weekend, artist-led initiative, Wheal Frances, Piece, Cornwall Publications 2008 - British Archaeology magazine, 'Just what is it about a disused mine that makes it so attractive, so appealing?' feature article for Wheal Art Weekend 2008 - Mined, catalogue essay, National Trust 2008 - Pilot, contributing artist 2005 - British Archaeology magazine, 'Catching the light', feature article for excavate:overlay Other 2009 - METHOD, Cultural Leadership Programme for artists and practitioners, London 2008 - Portable Radio, University College Falmouth, Cornwall 2007 - Director, Council of Management, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall