Biography

Sarah Jane graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a Fine Art Degree in 2004. During this time she studied painting in the Cypress College of Art and as an exchange student in Universitat de Belles Artes, Barcelona.

A freelance artist with over ten years experience Sarah Jane’s work includes designing, managing and facilitating workshops, art activities and murals for young people and adults across the North West. With an emphasis on encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts, Sarah Jane has worked within the educational sectors at all levels, with mental health groups and hospitals, with community groups and prominent North West Galleries.

Sarah Jane has been commissioned to produce art for the designers Cath Kidston, Celia Birtwell, Orla Kieley and Laura Ashley, also a painted sculpture for Jools Holland, on numerous high profile public art projects throughout the UK. She has created murals and painted sculptures for schools, parks and community arts projects, runs high quality art events and has recently been commissioned to create a sculpture trail.

As a Director and Studio Manager of Arena Studios and Gallery from 2005 – 2010 Sarah Jane 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 Sarah Jane 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

Sarah Jane is currently Artist in residence for The Atkinson Art Gallery Southport, Core Artist for Sefton and St Helen’s Creative Alternatives, Art Club leader and arts award adviser for The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.

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4 thoughts on “Biography

  1. I spend a fair deal of time cycling on the Marshes .
    I came across this installation a few days ago and returned to take photos
    and saw the label with your website on it , so I looked there and followed the links.

    https://coastlinetraces2015.wordpress.com/1-bird-bench-2/

    Not to take away from the work of yourself and your collaborator , I was disappointed
    at not finding any information about the type of wood and it’s origin .

    Could I suggest that you update the website to include this ?

    Thank you , and thanks for making ” Bird Bench ”

    Pete.

    • Hi Pete,

      thank you so much for your feedback and your suggestion. I agree that it is relevant to have information on the wood for people who are interested – so have updated the page accordingly. We have noticed also that the link on the sign doesnt lead to our blog. In this we maintained a running commentary on all the sculptures from when the wood first came in to the wood yard as felled timber, all the workshops, the making of and installation of the sculptures – plus the experts we met with during our research period. We have now provided a link on the page to lead to this.

      Thanks again for your feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoy the bird bench and took photographs of it. Follow this link to our facebook page where we encourage people to share their photos and experiences of the sculptures, so please feel free to share yours!
      Warm regards
      Sarah Jane

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