Photo: Sarah Jane Richards in Liverpool, North West

Sarah Jane Richards

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Teacher, Community worker

Workshops/Art Projects:  ~~A freelance artist with over eight years experience my work includes designing, managing and facilitating workshops, art activities, events, public art projects and murals. With an emphasis on encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts, I have worked within the educational sectors at all levels, with mental health groups and hospitals, with community groups and with prominent North West Galleries. I have a large and varied skill base, being able to tailor a workshop/classes/event to deliver great participation reviews and excellent end results. These include but are not restricted to, artist bookmaking, drawing, painting, printmaking, willow lantern sculptures.

Commissions/Managing:  ~~I have recieved regular commissions to produce art for high profile designers on numerous public art ptojects throughout the UK. These include Cath Kidston, Celia Birtwell, Laura Ashley, Usbourne Books and Jools Holland.  I have created murals and large artwork for schools, parks,  community arts projects, festivals and events. As a Director and Studio Manager of Arena Studios and Gallery from 2005 - 2010 I was charged with the day to day running and overall direction of the studio group and gallery, writing successful funding bids, securing the gallery programme and installing charity fund raising events. In 2012 I was the Art coordinator for Stroll: Discovery trails, a high profile public art project with the Greater London Authority and London Olympic Company for the London Olympics 2012

Design: ~~I have been commissioned to create a building facade for a public building. This included the design of locational signs and signs along the main roads approaching the building.

Painting/Exhibitions: ~~I create small and medium sized intimate paintings which evoke interior and exterior landscapes. Within these works I am seeking new forms and images which aim to emanate from and are part of the content and process. I utilise a variety of painting, mark making and collage techniques to explore a synthesis of form and content. I am inspired by my experiences and memories which I endeavour to portray or express through a juxtaposition of parallel elements including chaos and order, renewal and destruction, form and formlessness. My current practice is concerned with architectural elements of internal and external viewpoints. My research includes looking at buildings which encompass a wide range of age and style. My visual studies are not only concerned with the space in which architectural buildings sit, nor just within the internal spaces they generate, but also the relationship between forms and other surrounding features, including objects and natural forms. It is hoped that by comparing differing elements of forms, shapes and textures I will encourage a new vision of space and time. My practice includes a constant reassessment of the arrangements of differing elements within my work and I seek to explore new relationships and context. I aim to enhance the disparity between different painterly forms and content to establish a new expression.

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Location Liverpool, North West
Activities Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Public Art
Tags painting, architecture, art, commissions, artist, contemporary, exhibitions, markmaking, new,
Website http://arenastudiosandgallery.com/artists-2/sarah-jane-richards/

News & Events

  • Shaun in the City - Cath Kidston commission

    Hand painted Cath Kidston's paradise bunch design onto Shaun the Sheep for public art project in London. Visit www.sarahjanerichardsartist.wordpress.com

  • The Art Maze, Cheltenham

    Created large wall art for the art maze project in Cheltenham based on my paintings. Looking at perspective and urban landscapes. Visit www.sarahjanerichardsartist.wordpress.com

  • Clock View, Mental Health Hospital Public Art Commission Workshops

    Workshops with Sian Hughes developing designs for this public art commission for Heather Parnell and David Mackie. For more information visit my blog sarahjanerichardsartist.wordpress.com

  • Pre-Paid 2013

    14/11/2013 – 11/12/2013
    The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP

    Artwork selected for exhibition and auction. Private viewing takes place on Thursday 14th November 6-8pm, exhibition open until Wednesday 11th December when the auction starts at 6.30pm

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