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Sarah Needham
Sarah Needham

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2014-5 I set up and worked on the Art From London Markets Project, tracing links between the trade in food, people and place
2016+ my focus broadened into explorations of the role of memory and loss in the narrative of international trade in general and its relationship with London the place, people and culture in particular. Linking the personal to the cultural realm.
In the past my work started with a narrative and through the process of creating a single work, or a series of works that narrative is distilled. So what happens when the narrative is disappearing? When the central character of the story is experiencing a process of disintegration? There is a risk in that becoming the narrative itself. This is the theme of the Lost Girl series of works, and those using the Thames as an icon for the Lethe. My current work is opperating in the space in between, creating space for stories and memories, and recording the stories of other people, stories related to place and economic and social change.

Coming up..
The Talented Artist Fair, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR (Whitechapel tube)
​17/18/19 March 2017


The Thames: The ARTery of London, Plastic Propaganda Devon House, St Katahrine's Way,St Katharine Docks (Tower Hill tube) 4-18th December 2016

Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, 21-23 October 2016

​Sugar And Spice, Plastic Propaganda, Devon House, St Katherine Docks E1 PVs 23 and 31 August
Show:21st August-4th September 2016

Both Ends Of Madness, Sasson Gallery Folkestone July 2016
Nautical Perspectives, St Katherine Docks, curated by Plastic Propaganda 1-15 MAY 2016

Whenever I feel Blue I Start Breathing, Group Show, 24June-3rd July, Earl's Court Project Rooms, 16-18 Empress Place, SW6 1TT 2016

Open Studios: Open Art Spaces, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea Open to view: Fri 24th June 6-8, Sat 25th 11-4 Sunday 26th June 12-3, Sat 2nd July 11-4 and Sunday 3rd July 12-3 2016

​Print Sale : Fortunate Events, Bald Face Stag, East Finchley, 20 May 2016

Open studios:Kensington and Fulham Open Art Spaces, Pocket Arts 2015

Place and Proximity, Austin Forum, Hammersmith, Pocket Arts 2015

Art For Forts Sake, Muswell Hill 2015

Chriskitch, Muswell Hill 2015

Refuse Reuse, Kensington, Pocket Arts 2015

Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2014

Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2013

Interactive Events / Community Arts
Both Ends of Madness Symposium, Thursday 21st July 6-8pm Sassoon Gallery Folkestone 2016
Sunday Lunch Confessions Open Art Spaces 2016
Place and Proximity Interactive Artists Event Pocket Arts 2015,
Art For Fort’s Sake Coordinated this community fund raising event with Fortismere School Art Department included parents, student and community exhibition, and interactive events 2015
Story collecting
2015 to2016: collecting food stories from people engaged with markets,
Splat Messy Play 2006-9
Set up SPLAT a messy play group for children under 5 and their parents / carers, Based at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church
Art Week family work shops 2008

Previous Art Work: 1989-2000 Exhibited in various galleries and alternative spaces in London and included in a group show in the Barbican with VSO. Followed by a period of child care.

Graduated with a 2.1in 1989 in Fine Art and Education from Hatfield Polytechnic. Reflecting a long term interest in trade and international economic and cultural realtionships graduated with MSc in Develoment Studies from South Bank University in 1994 and went on to study Traditional Chinese Ink painting with Prof Ding of Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang, China 1995-7.

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