Approved: 16.08.2006

Sarah Sabin

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is concerned with digging about under the surface of places. Gathering histories, dissecting, reassembling them, or inventing my own. Methods and processes used in Archaeology have often played a part directly in the work, generating a residency and long term collaboration with UCL Institute of Archaeology. Making, and an engagement and experimentation with materials and methods is important

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  • Location: Colchester, East
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Participatory projects, Public art
  • Categories: Project, Mixed Media, Photography, Public Art
  • Tags: archaeology, history, people and places, science, project, site specific, making, research, collaborations
 
 

Biography

My work is concerned with digging about under the surface of places. Gathering histories, dissecting, reassembling them, or inventing my own. Methods and processes used in Archaeology have often played a part directly in the work, generating a residency and long term collaboration with UCL Institute of Archaeology. Making, and an engagement and experimentation with materials and methods is important in my practice, using a wide range of media to create both objects and installations, or manipulating and reassembling found artefacts and materials. Recently, I have been researching and exploring some ancient and modern methods of revealing or extracting information, both disputed and credible, such as divining, and modern counterparts. In modern scientific methods of revealing the 'truth', in depth details of the 'make up' of a material are possible. However within this much content is still missing. The areas of the unknown within the analysis fascinate me, as does the possibility of manipulating the results. My interest in delving underneath, to reveal hidden information from places and people has been used to develop permanently sited artworks for architecture, site specific projects with public participation, and collaborative projects. I have been commissioned by different organisations, galleries and museums including Commissions East for the Foundling Museum, and Firstsite Colchester.

CV & Education

Work commissions 2000 - Harlow to Harwich, Mapping the Boundaries, For Firstsite, Colchester Solo exhibitions 2009 - Sarah Sabin Artist in residence, works in progress, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Leventis Gallery. and Wilkins Building North observatory, Gordon square, London 2009 - Sarah Sabin ' Domestic Science', Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire 2002 - 'Underground', Firstsite, Colchester 2001 - Mapping the Boundaries, University of Essex Group exhibitions 2010 - Cu, Palace Hotel basement bar, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester 2007 - RSVP: Contemporary artists at the Foundling Museum, The Foundling Museum, London 2006 - 'Outside 06' - Site specific all female group show, Cuckoo farm, studios, Colchester 2004 - Cuckoo Farm group show, Buckenham Gallery, Southwold 2002 - Over the River, Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich Residencies 2008 - Artist in residence, Wolfson laboratories, Archaeology department, U.C.L, London www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/art/ 2005 - Artist space residency, Firstsite, Colchester Public commissions 2011 - Of gunpowder and gold, firstsite, Colchester 2010 - Lead Artist, Mackays redevelopment(in progress), Cambridge 2009 - Public art commission, Greenfields Community Housing, and Richards Partington Architects, Greenfields H.Q , Braintree, Essex 2005 - 'Broomfield'. Mixed media artwork, Broomfield Hospital, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex 2004 - Rec- create. Interactive, multimedia touring cabinet, Colchester Borough council, Touring Projects 2010 - The Colchester Capsule, Firstsite, Colchester Other 2007 - Grants for the Arts, major funding award, Arts Council England , East 2006 - 'Escalator'. One of selected artists for 2006/7, Commissions East/ ACEE, ACE eastern region