Sarah Christie’s practice explores the embodied traces and expressions of touch and forms of contact, recording and materializing imprints and passages formed by touch in movement. Her research has centred around skin and embodiment, growing out of long collaboration with dermatologists at Imperial College. We meet the world through our skin. So much more than an ‘envelope’, a boundary or a surface, skins can be thought of as communicative, and as permeable and active sites of perceptions, knowledge, memory and experience. Working with clay, drawing, and other materials, her practice engages with physical experience and change, sometimes attempting to make repairs, and bridge gaps.

Sarah teaches regular arts-based workshops at Imperial College Medical School, to develop tactile and visual observation, descriptive and communication skills. She was the winner of UAL’s MEAD Scholarship in 2015 to support the further development and creation of tactile objects used in her teaching. Close collaboration with a clinical team has inspired cross fertilisation of thinking, informing her own artistic practice, in turn feeding back into her teaching work. She leads visual arts workshops and supervises students on the BSc Humanities, Philosophy and the Law degree, also at Imperial's Medical School, as well as running one-off workshops.

Sarah is also co-founder of Deliberate Cities with Andrea Arnold. Using the body as tool for investigation we look at city space as an organising principle, using choreographic rules and questions to explore how these ‘monocultural’ environments direct our agency, movements, physical responses and behaviours towards distraction and conformity.


Forthcoming exhibitions:

Oct - Nov 2018, Solo exhibition, The Link, Southwark Cathedral

December 2018, SFSA Painting Open, No Format Gallery, Deptford

September 2019 WhiteNoise Projects


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Selected Exhibitions:

October 2018 The Great Divide, OVADA Gallery, Oxford

September 2018 Tactile Minds, The House Mill, London E3

September 2018 Votive, Southwark Cathedral for Thames Festival

May 2018 'Mess is the Law', Industry City, Brooklyn, New York

June 2018 Open Studios, ASC studios

November 2017 Open Studio, Chocolate Factory N16

June 2017 Small is Beautiful More and Less, Unit 3 projects, London E3

Jan - Feb 2017 Craftsmanship Alone is not Enough, Lethaby Gallery, London

Sept-Oct 2016 Brain Waves, Lethaby Gallery, London

Aug-Sept 2016 Pangolin Gallery, London, 'Mastery of Material'

June 2016 New Designers

June 2016 Central Saint Martins Degree Show

January 2016 UAL Showroom MEAD Scholars and Fellows Showcase

September 2015 British Ceramics Biennial

February 2015 Green Week, Central Saint Martins

July 2014 E&J's Pantry, Endell Street, London

June 2014 Pangolin Gallery Windows, King's Place, London 

May 2014 Interchange Junctions, Howick Place, London

 

Collaborations, Projects, Residencies

2018 Deliberate Cities Co-founder, launching in Autumn 2018

2018 New member of WhiteNoise Projects

2017 ongoing, New Materialism Peer Group member

September 2017 Artist in Residence with Jaguar Land Rover, Craftspace, Birmingham

 

Teaching and selected workshops:

2014-present Imperial College London, Medical School, visiting artist

Tutor at fortnightly observation skills workshops, MBBS medical students

- sculpture tutor on BSc Humanities, Philosophy and the Law; Dissertation supervisor

2018 King's College London - Drawing workshop, Florence Nightingale Faculty for Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care

2018 Morley College, Professional Development

2017 Crafts Council - Selected artist 'Make Your Future' 2017 schools workshop programme

June 2017 - Craftspace 20th Anniversary workshop and open day, Centrala Gallery, Birmingham

Sept 2016 In:Site Festival of Graduate Creativity, Craftspace, Birmingham

July-August 2016 - William Morris Gallery, London, Master Painter for Clare Twomey's Time Present, and Time Past

October 2015 - V&A Late 'The Potteries'

August 2015 - 'Clay Cargo', Clayground Collective - Public engagement project, Kings Cross, London

August to October 2014 - 'Clay Cargo', Clayground Collective - Public engagement project with Camden Libraries, Kings Cross, London

September 2014 - 'Thinking Hands?' Symposium, Central St Martins

April to July 2014 - Community Focus - weekly ceramics classes to adults with learning disabilities, and care home residents

 

Selected Talks:

Sepetember 2018 - Chair, panel discussion ‘Creativity and Mental Health’ Tactile Minds exhibition

May 2018 - Artist's talk, OVADA Gallery, Oxford

April 2018 - See | Sense, in conversation, London

May 2017 - 'Perception and the Art of Medicine', Imperial College Annual Teachers Conference

May 2017 - Creative Unions performance, Central Saint Martins

February 2017 - 'Aspire' lecture, Bishop Thomas Grant school

September 2016 - 'Forms of Protest', Brain Waves, London Design Festival

June 2016 - Central Saint Martins Graduation Ceremony, Student Speech

May 2016 - London Medical Schools Conference, Imperial College

March 2016 - UAL Undergraduate Research Forum, Chelsea College of Art

 

Publications

Clay in Common by Julia Rowntree and Duncan Hooson

CSMPublic Issue 2, May 2018

 

BA Ceramic Design, Central St Martins

2016, First Class Honours

Recipient of 2015 MEAD Scholarship Award