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.