Approved: 09.09.2016

Sarah Poland


Approved: 09.09.2016

Clare Ferguson-Walker for G.S. Artists, May 2019 writes:

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      Artist Statement

      Clare Ferguson-Walker for G.S. Artists, May 2019 writes:

      Treasure in Stillness is a dynamic, dramatic exploration of natural colour and movement, lines collide and dance making new tones where they cross, as with all relationships, where energies meet, something greater than the sum of its parts is created. Elements of tribal art are celebrated using paints and inks created from natures own pallet, Sarah makes them herself using oak gall, and iron rust and in this sense the whole process is part of the final works. The space lends itself perfectly with an abundance of light and has allowed Sarah to be unintimidated by size, some canvases are huge. Natural geometry vibrates throughout, tree rings, ripples in ponds, falling rain and snow and in this sense one feels enveloped in something fundamentally close to the Earth, something ancient, almost hieroglyphic at times. The moon is given a platform via a unique photographic technique and is exploited making erratic blurred lines from capturing the heavenly body, aesthetically akin to capturing a ghost in motion, the camera allows the moon to draw. Sarah won the Glynn Vivian Open in 2018 and it’s easy to see why with this bold, kinetic glorious collection.


      Artist Statement

      I produce work which draws upon woodland structures, natural elements and materials plus personal experiences such as meditation, motherhood and transformation. This project title Treasure In Stillness relates to the wisdom found when one is still and also to the duality of combining an art practice with the challenges of motherhood with the presence of landscape and being in it the source.

      Within the meditation of making work I also contemplate the materials and the immense value of our wild places plus the wider issues of plastic pollution and climate change. I try to use sustainable and natural materials where possible. I make my own oak gall ink and in some works combine it with what I call moon drawings, photographic pieces usihng the full moon as a light source with which to draw.

      Larger works engage physically and spatially as well as conceptually, building relationships between the materials and the abstract, between nature and transformation. The woodland is large, slow, immersive, all consuming - traits to certainly be considered.

      I hope that these distinctive techniques have the potential to draw interest in towards not only the work, but what it is to fully immerse oneself in a place, to develop awareness and mindfulness, to contemplate the material, the immense value of our wild places and to find what treasures there are in stillness.

      Sarah Poland in conversation with Alex Duncan at G.S. Artists, May 2019


      Extracts from other reviews:

      'Despite the poetry of her titling, these are not narrative paintings in any real sense until you understand the language of her painting, and it is your possible understanding of that language’s poetry that these paintings celebrate.'     Richard Blackborow, Belgrave Gallery St. Ives.

      'One of the strongest works exhibited by a Cornish gallery had to be the rugged scene in oil entitled 'Mountain Pass' by Sarah Poland. There is something of the wrestled drawing process of Bomberg or Kossoff in her landscape paintings which arrests the eye and brings you back time and again to the best of her pictures.'   Henry Garfit, Artist and Founder of Newlyn School of Art - reviewing the London Art Fair and also on

      CV & Education

      Born: Inverness 1974

      Studied: BA(Hons) Edinburgh College of Art, 1997

      MFA Aberystwyth School of Art, 2015 - awarded Dictinction


      2019  Galerie Simpson Artist Residency, Swansea + In Conversation event with Alex Duncan

      2017  Artist Residency - This Is/Is This, Test-bed Project Space, Elysium Gallery
      2012 Elected director of Aberystwyth Printmakers

      2006 & 2007 Creative Skills Devlopment Fund printmaking grant 
      2007 Cill Rialaig Project, Artist Residency, Co. Kerry 

      2006 Wasps Studios, Artist Residency, Shetland 

      2003 Elected member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA) 

      2004 Elected committee member of Newlyn Society of Artists 


      2010 Moved to Wales 

      2001 Moved to Cornwall 

      Nomadic Studio, Highland Scotland 2010


      Solo Exhibitions:

      2019    Artist residency at Galerie Simpson, Swansea, Wales

      2018    Numinous Light, Dazzling Night, Oriel Q, Narberth, Wales  + 

                  'In Conversation' with Professor Tony Curtis May 2018

      2016    The Intimacy Of Liminal Spaces, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

      2010    Flower Remedies - Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall

      2008    Either Side Of The Night  -  Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall

      2006    Tuath – Paintings  - Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall


      Public Collections:

      Victoria & Albert Museum Prints Collections, London

      Aberystwyth School of Art Collections, Wales

      Hong Kong Arts Centre

      University of Arizona Museum of Art



      2016 Golwg, magazine
      2012 Collaborations: Aberystwyth Paper Press Print
      2008 Revolver: Art Cornwall, University College of Falmouth
      2007 St. Ives 1975-2005: Art Colony in Transition, St Ives Publishing
      2006 Art About St Ives, Henry Gilbert, 2nd edition
      2004 Living On The Edge, Guardian Newspaper
      2010 Cornwall Today


      Selected Mixed Exhibitions:

      1st Prize Winner - Glynn Vivian Open 2018 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea
      Winter/Gaeaf Gallery Ten, Cardiff
      Winter Show Yr Oriel, Newport
      Roger Cecil + Four Contemporary Artists, Oriel Myrddin with Gallery Ten
      Summer/Haf Gallery Ten, Cardiff


      Gallery Ten - Cardiff Focus On Abstraction and Summer show

      Belgrave St. Ives - Cornwall

      Mid Wales Arts Centre - Aberystwyth Printmakers

      Cardiff MADE 



      Summer, Gallery Ten, Cardiff

      Belgrave St. Ives Summer Exhibition 

      Atkinson Gallery, Somerset - MA and Post-graduate show 



      Language and the Future, Xiaoxiang Portfolio, China

      Oriel Q Summer Open

      Belgrave St. Ives Summer Show

      MFA Exhibition Aberystwyth School of Art, Wales

      Royal Cambrian Academy Print Show, Wales

      Student show, Changsha, China



      Belgrave St. Ives Christmas Exhibition

      MOMA Wales – Printmakers Exhibition

      'Birds Of A Feather', Belgrave St. Ives, Cornwall

      Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth

      Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth – Print show

      Courtyard, Hereford, with Aberystwyth Printmakers



      Hong Kong Graphic Arts Fiesta

      IMPRESS'13 International Printmaking Festival, Stroud, Cheltenham and the Cotswolds

      'Yuletide', Belgrave St. Ives, , Cornwall

      CONTEMPORARY ART Summer Exhibition, Belgrave St. Ives, , Cornwall



      MOMA Wales Competition Exhibition - award 'highly commended'

      National Eisteddfod - Y Lle Print / The Original Print Place

      and touring exhibition: Oriel Canfas Cardiff, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (Hostpital)

      Bodelwydden, Oriel Glan y Menai Llanfair PG Anglesey

      Aberystwyth Printmakers Summer Show, Maesmawr, Mid Wales Arts Centre

      School of Art Gallery print exhibition, Wales

      West Wales Arts Centre Summer Show

      Belgrave St. Ives Summer Show, Cornwall



      Uncharted Landscapes, NSA, St. Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall

      PRINT!, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall

      Summer Waves, Belgrave St. Ives, Cornwall



      'Book Art' Ways With Words Literature Festival, Dartington Hall

      West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard

      Summer Exhibition – Whitespace, Totnes

      Print - Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall

      London Art Fair, Belgrave Gallery



      'A Cornish Perspective' NSA at the RWA, Bristol

      London Art Fair, Belgrave Gallery

      Exchange Gallery / Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

      NSA – 'Three Galleries', Cornwall

      Whitespace Christmas Show, Totnes

      'Off The Peg' – Printmaking Exhibition, Dartington



      London Art Fair, Belgrave Gallery

      Whitespace, Totnes

      2nd X-posure - 'Revolver', ex-car showroom, Penzance

      NSA 'Lineage', Penlee House Museum and Newlyn Art Gallery

      St. Ives – Selected Artists, to coincide with the book launch ‘St. Ives 1975-2005 Art

      Colony In Transition’, Belgrave Gallery

      Whitespace, Totnes

      'Spontaneous Combustion ii' St. Ives, Cornwall

      'St. Ives Past and Present' Sherborne House, Dorset

      NSA 'New Members', Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

      Whitespace, Totnes

      London Art Fair, Edgarmodern

      '29-92' (Four person show) Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall

      St. Ives 'The Next Wave', Hutson Gallery, London

      'St. Ives Works', Atelier Gallery, Essex

      'Porthmeor', Belgrave Gallery, Cornwall

      'Christmas show' Edgarmodern, Bath

      'ID' N.S.A. members exhibition, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

      'View of St. Ives', Belgrave Gallery, Cornwall

      Collyer-Bristow Gallery, Holborn, London

      West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard