BIOGRAPHY

I am interested in how our perception of being in, knowing and belonging to the world affects our ecological awareness and thinking. In my multi-disciplinary practice I approach environmental changes through research, collaboration and deep connections with the land, its people and its materials. I explore my ideas through printmaking, painting and ceramics, as a means of making sense of the world, often fusing sound and/or moving image into the final installation. Situated in the context of the Arte Povera and land art movements, my work seeks to question, or disrupt, habitual perspectives through the liminality of objects, materials and spaces.

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SARAH STRACHAN

Group exhibitions

RECONNECTING

July 2021

The air we breathe, 2019 exhibited as part of the Sustainability First Art Prize 2020 in the Bermondsey Project Space - more info

LONDON ART BIENNALE

June 2021

Objects listening III, 2020 selected by London Art Biennale and exhibited at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London - more info

VOICES OF EARTH

June 2021

Just a spoonful, 2021 exhibited as part of  Art from Heart's online exhibition - more info

V2 - THE FLUX REVIEW

June 2021

Conscious crystal, 2020 and Precious metal, 2018 exhibited as part of The Flux Review's virtual exhibition - more info

OPEN ART CONTEST

June 2021

Objects listening, 2020 exhibited at ArtNumber23's Gallery, Thisseio, Athens. Awarded First Prize in Open Art Contest, 2020 - more info

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

June 2021

Just a spoonful, 2021 exhibited as part of the Sustainability Art Prize online. Awarded First Prize - more info

IEA OPEN

May 2021

Deadly metal II, exhibited as part of the Institute of East Anglian Artists Annual Open at the Holt Gallery - more info

TOD GALLERY

May 2021

The air we breathe, 2019 exhibited as part of the TOD Gallery's exhibition space inside a dresser - more info

HERE & THERE

May 2021

Mesopotamian Mud: the third walk, 2021 working as part of the MUD collective exhibited as part of The Window Room and Parkhaus15's collaborative livestream - more info

QUEENS' ART TRAIL

May 2021

Sugar, 2021 and Nature of things, 2018 exhibited as part of Queens' Art Festival's Art trail in venues throughout Cambridge - more info

PROXIMITY BY PROXY

April 2021

Just a spoonful, 2021 exhibited as part of MA Fine Art and Printmaking show in the Ruskin Gallery - more info

FACADE

April 2021

Objects listening 2020, selected by The Holy Art for exhibition in Hackney - more info

NEXT (Au Suivant)

April 2021

Precious earth 2021, selected by Cultivate Gallery for online exhibition - more info

ARTIZAN SMALL WORKS

April 2021

Objects listening 2020, selected by Round Lemon for exhibition at Zest Hall - more info

VCZ 

April 2021

Conscious crystal 2020, selected by VCZ Online Gallery - more info

ONE

March 2021

Objects listening 2020, selected by Round Lemon for exhibition at Zest Hall - more info

ROAR

March 2021

Life or death (of materials) 2020, exhibited by Art at the ARB, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge - more info

SPRING OPEN 2021

March 2021

Topography, 2021, exhibited by The Absent Gallery in their virtual 3D exhibition - more info

THE SKY HAS NO SURFACE

March 2021

Conscious crystal, 2020 and Liminal vessels, 2020 exhibited online  - more info

PERSONA

March 2021

Conscious crystal, 2020 exhibited by Holy Art Gallery in their online gallery  - more info

DO IT YOUR WAY

March 2021

Fear of failure, 2019, selected in response to exhibition provocation break/broken exhibited online and instagram takeover - more info

BLACK + WHITE

March 2021

Objects listening, 2020 exhibited by Envision Arts in their online gallery  - more info

QUEENS' ARTS FESTIVAL

March 2021

Sugar, 2021 and Nature of things, 2018 exhibited in QAF virtual exhibition as part of the festival theme - community  - more info

CURRENT

March 2021

Conscious crystal, 2020, exhibited online by Itiswhatitis Duo in association with CAN (Cambridge Arts Network) - more info

NEW TENANTS

March 2021

Objects listening, 2020, exhibited by Around the house productions in their virtual gallery - more info

42,602,038 +

February 2021

Conscious crystal, 2020, exhibited by Stay Connected in their online virtual gallery - more info

INTERIM ARTS

January 2021

Objects listening, 2020 featured on Interim Arts' online collective platform  - more info

99 WORLD ARTISTS CONTEST

January 2021

Wind, 2018 and Fear of failure, 2019 exhibited as part of 99 World Artist's online exhibition - more info

THIS IS NOT A BALCONY (SHOW)

January 2021

Life or death (of materials), 2020 exhibited as part of an Instagram preview for the forthcoming MA Fine Art exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge - more info

RE:CULTIVATE

January 2021

In Circulation, 2020, selected for Cultivate Gallery's online exhibition - more info

TEESSIDE PRINT PRIZE

January 2021

Precious metal, 2018 and Deadly metal, 2020 selected and exhibited at The Palace Hub Gallery in Redcar and Cleveland. - more info

TSDAP

January 2021

Objects listening, 2020 exhibited online by The Socially Distant Art Project (TSDAP) with other 2020 graduates - more info

ARTNUMBER23 OPEN CONTEST

December 2020

Objects listening, 2020 selected for online exhibition and awarded first prize in contest in Athens, Greece - more info

SOUTHWARK PARK GALLERIES 36th ANNUAL OPEN

December 2020

All that remains, 2017, Precious metal, 2018 and Deadly metal 2020, exhibited at Southwark Park Gallery's online exhibition - more info

ENGLISH RIVERIA WINTER OPEN

November 2020

All that remains, 2017 and Precious metal, 2018 exhibited at Artizan Gallery, Torquay, UK - more info

SHEROES IN QUARANTINE

October 2020

Liminal vessels, 2020  selected for online exhibition by collaborative project Sheroes - more info

DO IT YOUR WAY

October 2020

Nature in the balance, 2018, exhibited as part of the online group show - more info

SWA 159th ANNUAL OPEN 

September 2020

Precious metal, 2018 selected for the Society of Women Artists' online exhibition - more info

GRADCURATE SUMMER 2020

August 2020

Objects listening, 2020, selected for online UK graduates show - more info

ENGLISH RIVERIA SUMMER OPEN

August 2020

All that remains, 2017 and Precious metal, 2018 exhibited at Artizan Gallery, Torquay, UK - more info

SUMMER OPEN

August 2020

Precious metal, 2018 and Cyclone series, 2018 exhibited at Babylon Arts, Ely, UK - more info

INTERNATIONAL ART RESILIENCE 

August 2020

Precious metal, 2018, exhibited online at Saint Frajou Art Museum, France - more info

BIRD BOX GALLERY

July 2020

Precious metal 2018, exhibited in the Bird Box Gallery in Cambridge, UK - more info

MATERIALITY

July 2020

Liminal vessels, 2020, exhibited online as part of the online group exhibition - more info

HAUS-A-REST

June 2020

The library of the future, 2020 , exhibited online as part of the online Zine/Instagram exhibition - Materiality - more info

PRESENT

June 2020

Objects listening, 2020 and Bodies of water, 2020, exhibited online as part of the Cambridge School of Art Graduate Showcase - more info

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

May 2020

The library of the future, 2020, shortlisted and exhibited online as part of the Sustainability Art Prize supported by Anglia Ruskin University, UK - more info

QUEENS' ART FESTIVAL

February 2020

Contingent on carbon, 2019, selected and exhibited as part of the festival at Queens' College, University of Cambridge, UK - more info

TRANSITION

February 2020

The library of the future, 2020, site specific installation in the University Library at Anglia Ruskin University. Exhibited as part of the third-year interim show of work by Fine Art students at Cambridge School of Art.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS: ART AND SCIENCE

February 2020

The air we breathe, 2019, shortlisted and exhibited as part of a group exhibition at the Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK.

THE ART OF WATCHING ART

January 2020

Wind i,ii,iii, 2018 and The Artwatcher, 2020 exhibited as part of the group exhibition at Motion Sickness Project Space curated by Itiswhatitis_duo.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

November 2019

Holding on, 2019 exhibited as part of a group exhibition of work by Fine Art students at Cambridge School of Art hosted by Motion Sickness in their Project Space in Cambridge, UK.

ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OPEN

November 2019

Precious metal, 2018 selected and exhibited as part of the annual open exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK.

THOUGHTFUL PLANET 3

September 2019

The air we breathe, 2019 selected and exhibited as part of the Thoughtful Planet 3 exhibition at the Thought Foundation, Gateshead, UK.

RETURN TO NATURE

September 2019

Group exhibition at Legacy Art Gallery, Todmorden, UK.

AA2A ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMER 

August 2019

Selected for online group exhibition organised by Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A).

ART@ARB SUMMER OPEN

July 2019

Precious metal, 2018 shortlisted and exhibitied in the annual open exhibition at the Alison Richards Building, University of Cambridge, UK

MAKING MARKS - ART ON THE WALL

June 2019

Group exhibition at Unit 6 studio and gallery, Richmond, UK

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

April 2019

The air we breathe, 2019. Collaborative art project resulting in a sculpture shortlisted for the Sustainability Art Prize 2019, Anglia Ruskin University.

DEUIXEME

April 2019

Care, 2019. Site specific installation in Ruskin Corridor, Cambridge School of Art, UK.

CONNEXTIONS

February 2019

Fear of failure, 2019. Ceramic sculpture and oil on canvas for Connextions exhibition in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Network conference 2019 hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.

MERGE

February 2019

You never step into the same river twice, 2018. Digital image and sound installation for an exhibition of work by 2nd year Cambridge School of Art students, Merge, in Ruskin Corridor, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

VISION

January 2019

Stack (& measure), 2018. Ceramic sculpture and found objects for an exhibition of work by 2nd year fine art students, Vision at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK.

SENSE OF PLACE

January 2019

All that remains, 2017. Photopolymer print for Sense of Place exhibition at the White Room Gallery, Yellow Arch, Sheffield, UK.

MILL ROAD WINTER FAIR ART SALON

December 2018

All that remains, 2017. Photopolymer print for Mill Road Winter Fair Art Salon exhibition, at Gallery 9, Cambridge, UK.

50 UNDER 50

November 2018

All that remains, 2017. Photopolymer print for 50 under 50 exhibition, Unit 6 studio and gallery, Richmond, UK.

THE ARCHIVE AND CONTESTED LANSCAPE

October 2018

Shared water, contested water, 2018. Ceramic vessels, found objects and photobook for The Archive & Contested Landscape Exhibition as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018.

SALTAIRE SCUPLTURE TRAIL

September 2018

Nature of things, 2018. Ceramic sculpture at Saltaire Festival, Saltaire, UK.

TREEFEST

July 2018

Nature of things, 2018. Ceramic sculpture for East Anglia Children's Hospices' Art Festival, Ipswich, UK.

POST24

April 2018

Nature in the balance, 2018. Ceramic sculpture for POST24 an exhibition of first year Fine Art students, at Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge, UK.

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

April 2018

Nature of things, 2018. Ceramic sculpture and digital image shortlisted for the Sustainability Art Prize 2018, Anglia Ruskin University.

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Publications

CURRENTS

Topography, 2021 featured in Issue 11 of BAIT magazine, in association with New Hall Art Collection

March 2021

ARTISTS RESPONDING TO...

Contingent on carbon 2019  featured in Issue 5.

January 2021

SUSTAINABILITY FIRST VIRTUAL BOOK

The air we breathe 2019  featured in virtual book as part of the Sustainable Futures programme

July 2020

GATHERING ZINE - BODY

Bodies of water, 2020  featured in zine as part of the RCA/Design Museum project - Make it Public

July 2020

WAYS OF THINKING

All that remains, 2017 featured in a multi-layered book that explores the ways in which creatives find and make use of inspiration. Published by Ruskin Arts Publications

March 2020

CAN CONFERENCE

Itiswhatitis duo editorial for Cambridge Arts Network Conference programme

February 2020

ROAR

November 2019

The Archive and the Contested Landscape collaborative essay featured in the curated collective publication on art and sustainability. Edited by Rosanna Greaves and Marina Velez. Published by Art.Earth

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Reviews

VARSITY

Exhibition review of Contingent on carbon (2019) at Queens' Arts Festival, Queens' College, Cambridge

March 2020

CAMBRIDGE INDEPENDENT

Exhibition review of The Art of Watching Art at Motion Sickness Project Space, Cambridge

January 2020

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Conference & events

CAMBRIDGE FESTIVAL

March 2021

Mesopotamian mud: A journey through voice and vessel. An audio walk by Geology & Art collboration - mud collective. - more info

CLIMATE CHANGE FESTIVAL

November 2020

The air we breathe: practices of care – in conversation - more info

BRITISH SCIENCE FESTIVAL

September 2020 [postponed]

Mesopotamian mud: Geology & Art workshop - more info

LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT

August 2020 [cancelled]

Common Ground between Geology & Art conference stream - more info

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

March 2020 [cancelled]

Mesopotamian Mud: a voyage though voice and vessel - workshop more info

HAPPY HABITS

February 2020

Holding on school art workshop for Learning Saturday event at Queens' Federation - more info

ARTS FESTIVAL

July 2019

The air we breathe - sustainability & art workshop for Queens' Federation - more info

CAN CONFERENCE

February 2019

Speaker on panel discussion 

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

October 2018

Speaker at symposium: The Archive and the Contested Landscape

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Awards and honors

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

Just a spoonful, 2021 (shortlisted, exhibited and awarded First Prize)

2021

ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS

Deadly metal, 2020 (shortlisted and exhibited)

2021

ROUND LEMON AWARD

Objects listening 2020 (finalist and exhibited online)

2021

ARTNUMBER23 OPEN 

Objects listening 2020 (first prize)

2020

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS

Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted and exhibited online)

2020

VISUAL ART OPEN

Shortlisted and commended artist

2020

SUSTAINABILITY FIRST ART PRIZE

The air we breathe, 2019 (shortlisted)

2020

DR SUPANEE GAZELEY FINE ART PRIZE

Objects listening 2020 and Bodies of water 2020 (highly commended)

2020

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

The library of the future, 2020 (highly commended)

2020

ARTROOMS AWARD - SCULPTURE

Stack (& measure), 2019 (shortlisted)

2019

INSTITUTE OF EAST ANGLIAN ARTISTS OPEN

All that remains, 2017 & Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted, not hung)

2019

ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OPEN

Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted & exhibited)

2019

ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY OPEN

Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted, not hung)

2019

RA SUMMER EXHIBITION

Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted, not hung)

2019

VISUAL ART OPEN PRIZE

Precious metal, 2018 (shortlisted)

2019

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

The air we breathe, 2019 (shortlisted & exhibited)

2019

RA SUMMER EXHIBITION

All that remains, 2017 (shortlisted, not hung)

2018

VISUAL ART OPEN PRIZE

Wind i,ii,iii, 2018 (shortlisted)

2018

SUSTAINABILITY ART PRIZE

Nature of things, 2018 (shortlisted & exhibited)

2018

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Education and qualifications

BA (HONS) FINE ART

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

2020

CHARTERED MARKETER

Chartered Institute of Marketing, Cookham, UK.

2005

CIM DIPM IN MARKETING

Cambridge Marketing College, Cambridge, UK.

1999

CIM ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN MARKETING

Cambridge Marketing College, Cambridge, UK.

1997

BA (HONS) GEOGRAPHY

University of Sheffield, UK

1995