Sarah Brown studied History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies and MA Museology at Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts. Since graduating she has worked at Kettle's Yard House and Gallery, University of Cambridge, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and for The Culture Company, Leeds.
She is currently Curator (Exhibitions) at Leeds Art Gallery, previously working as Curator of Contemporary Projects at Harewood House, Leeds and as Associate Curator for Huddersfield Art Gallery. With over ten years of curatorial experience she has worked in all aspects of exhibition research, production and management. She has developed a particular interest in the relationship and exchange between historical and contemporary art. The exhibition programme at Harewood House reflects this with exhibitions and interventions by artists Dan Graham, Bill Viola, Mark Wallinger and Ori Gersht amongst many others. Whilst working with established artists she has also championed artists at the early stage of their careers and created new commissions with Hiraki Sawa, Farhad Ahrania, James Ireland and Leo Fitzmaurice.
She is particularly interested in uncovering and considering artists who have been overlooked and their work has not been seen recently. In this context she is interested in the impact and relationship of such figures on younger artists working today. Exhibitions of Carl Plackman, Mary Martin and currently Austin Wright, accompanied by substantial publications have served to revisit and reassess these artists in light of contemporary practice.
Sarah Brown is a member to the Museums Association, the Twentieth Century Society and IKT (The International Association of Curators since 2001)
Read Sarah Brown's web case study on Axis