sarah bennett


curriculum vitae

sarah bennett

Sarah Bennett


2014 Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
2010 PhD Plymouth University: 'Traces, Boundaries, Surfaces: an investigation through art practice of institutional sites with particular reference to a former lunatic asylum'
1980 BA (Hons) Fine Art Exeter College of Art and Design (CNAA)

academic roles

2016-2020 Head of School, Art and Architecture, KSA, Kingston University
2015-2016 Interim Head of School, Art & Media, Plymouth University
2012-2015 Associate Head of School, Art & Media, Plymouth University
2002-2016 Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Fine Art, Plymouth University
2010-2016 Liaison and Member, Transart Institute, New York, USA 
2009-2016 Subject Leader Fine Art, Plymouth University
2009-2011 MA Programmes Coordinator, School of Art & Media, Plymouth University
2008-2013 Programme Leader MA Fine Art, Plymouth University
2005-2009 Academic Liaison, MA fine Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
2000-2004 BA Fine Art Part-time Course Coordinator, Exeter School of Art and Design
1987-1989 Course Leader, Art Foundation Diploma, Exeter College of Art and Design

exhibitions and research projects

2020 'Enough is Definitely Enough', Oceans Apart, Salford, 7 March-3 April
2019 'Enough is Definitely Enough', General Practice, Lincoln, 30 March-13 April
2018 'Materiality: Provisional States', Hestercombe Gallery, 10 Nov-24 Feb 2019
2018 'Safe-keeping (Custodia)', Museo del Manicomio di San Servolo, Venice, 27 Oct-23 Nov
2017 'Gale[T]rA', Montefiascone, Italy, 8th-17th September
2015 'Disordering Chaos', Fringe Arts Bath, 22 May-7 June
2014 'Safe-keeping (Custodia)', Museo Laboratorio della Mente, Rome 31 Oct-30 Nov
2013 'Wall-wounds' Plymouth Arts Centre 15 April-16 June
2012 'Revisions and Propositions', in the former Exeter College of Art and Design, Exeter
2011-2014 'Geographies of Affect and Memory' at the Museo Laboratorio della Mente, Rome
2010 'Spaces Inbetween', Transart International Collective, Concent Art, Berlin
2010 'Re-formations', Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland 11 Nov-10 Dec
2009 'Re-formations, site-based interventive projections', Davy building, Plymouth
2000 'Window Sills: Art of Locality' funded by Regional Arts Lottery Fund
1999 'Souls/Soles' in Traces, St Michael's Church Honiton 
1999 'Chloride' in On and Off the Wall, Art Haven, Exeter
1999 'Salt Pieces' in 21, Spacex Gallery, Exeter with work sited at St Nicholas Priory
1979-1999 selected exhibitions: Spacex Gallery, Exeter (solo); Royal Albert Memorial Museum (2 person), Exeter; Rennes, France (juried/prizewinner); Penwith Gallery, St Ives (group); Plymouth Arts Centre (solo); Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh (group); Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (group); Falmouth Arts Centre (group); St Paul’s Gallery, Leeds (group); Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (juried)


Bennett, S. (2019) 'Affecting Objects: the minor Gesture within a performative artistic research enquiry' in Boyd, C and Edwardes, C (Eds) Non-representational Theory and the Creative Arts, London: Palgrave Macmillan
Bennett, S. (2010) 'Re-enacting Traces: The Historical Building as Container of Memory' in The Journal of Memory Connection (online) - Vol 1, No 1, 'Contained Memory' published by Massey University and Syracuse University 
Bennett, S. and Melling, G (2010) 'Window Sills: Art of Locality' in Szijártó Zsolt (ed) Public/Space: Concepts, Perspectives and Approaches, Budapest: Gondolat
Bennett, S. (2010) 'Re-forming the institution: the wall as memory archive' in Journal of Media Practice Volume 11 Number 3
Bennett, S. (2008) 'Crossing the Line' in Coutts, G and Jokela, T (2008) (Eds) Art, Community and Environment: Educational Perspectives (Readings in Art and Design Education) Bristol: Intellect
Bennett, S., Butler, J., Kirkham, N and Miles, M (2004) 'A Comparative Evaluation: Projects in Exeter, Barcelona, London and Tyneside' in Miles, M. and Hall, T. (Eds) Interventions: Art and Urban Futures Vol. 4, Portland, USA and Bristol: Intellect
Bennett, S. Mellings, G. (2001) 'Art of Locality' in AN Magazine for Artists
Bennett, S. (2000) 'Crossing the Line' in International Journal of Art Education Vol 19 No. 3
Bennett, S. and Melling, G. (2000) 'Window Sills: Art of Locality' in Bennett, S and Butler J (Eds) Locality, Regeneration and Diversities, Art and Urban Futures Vol 1, Bristol and Portland, USA: Intellect

conference papers 

2018 'Affective Encounters' at Musei, Memorie e Narrazio per la Salute Mentale, Museo del Manicomio di San Servolo, Venice 27 Oct
2018 'Contemporary Museum Geographies' with Boyd, C. in Felt Knowledges Panel RGS-IBG Annual International Conference: Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography
2015 'Creative Partnerships: supporting the Arts Ecology of Plymouth', at HEEG Conference, Southampton Solent University 11-12 June
2014 'Institutional Dwelling' Public Talk at Museo Laboratorio della Mente Rome, 31 October
2014 'Embedding enterprise, supporting local arts organisations and graduate retention' (co-presented with Prof Alan Schechner and Phil Ellis) at HEEG Conference, Kingston University 17-18 June
2013 'Affect and agency in the archived objects of the Museo Laboratorio della Mente', at Museum Futures in an age of Austerity Conference, University of London, 14-16 June
2012 'Shared Traits' in the panel Interdisciplinary Geographies: Art, Design and Poetics at Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference 'Security of Geography/Geography of Security' Edinburgh 2-5 July
2011 'Tracing Absence: between bodies and buildings' at American Anthropological Association Annual Conference Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies, Montreal 16-20 Nov
2010 'Wall-wounds: The wall as memory archive' - Contained Memory Conference, Te Papa National Museum, Wellington, New Zealand, 9-11 December
2010 'Dis-placing Memory: The wall as memory archive' - Creativity and Place Conference (AHRC funded), Geography Dept, University of Exeter, 23-25 June
2010 'Re-formations: Re-enactment as an Artistic Research Method', American Association of Geographers Conference, Washington DC, 14-18 April
2010 'Re-modelling the model: A critique of an institution through artistic research', Models as Active Spaces Symposium, Plymouth Arts Centre February 17 Feb
2009 'Re-formations: Wall as Memory Archive', Journal of Media Practice Symposium, University of Sussex, 13 July
2007 'Refuge for the Mad, or Refuge from the Mad', Utopia Conference, Plymouth University, 7-8 July
2006 'The Importance of Names: an analysis of changing nomenclature in two former asylums', Connections No.5: An Interdisciplinary Conference of Research Students, University of Bristol 16-17 Feb

other academic roles

2019 Panel Chair, EQ Arts Review, Fine Art – Creation in Public Space, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Technical University Liberec, Czech Republic
2019 EQ Arts Accreditation Panel Member, Masters of Arts in Fine Art and Design, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2019 NVAO Accreditation Panel Member, Masters of Arts in Fine Art and Design, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, Netherlands
2018 EQ Arts Evaluation Panel, Visual Arts Programme, KASK, Ghent, Belgium
2018 Panel Member, Periodic Review Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

2017 EQ Arts Consultant, Masters Institute AKV St Joost, Netherlands
2017 Chair, SKVC International Review Panel, Vilnius Academy of Arts
2015 EQ Arts Training, European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA)
2015 External Advisor, Validation of Arts-Based Masters Scheme, BCU
2014 External Advisor, Validation MFA/MDes Contextualised Practice, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
2013 Chair of ‘From the personal to the Universal’, Conference on Disability, Arts and Activism, Salisbury Art Centre 10th April
2012 External Adviser, Validation MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London
2011 External Adviser, Validation of MFA Fine Art and MA Experimental Film, Kingston University
2009 Validation Panel Member MFA, MDes, MPhil at Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC
2007-2011 External Examiner, Birmingham City University (BCU) for BA (Hons) Fine Art (Solihull College)
2006 Validation Panel Member, MA Art and Professional Practice, University of Worcester
2005-8 External Examiner, Wimbledon School of Art for BA (Hons) Theory and Practice
1997-2001 Open College Network (OCN) External Examiner

membership of boards

2018- Board Member EQ Arts
2015-2017 Trustee, Effervescent: Social Alchemy
1994-1998 Chair, Education Advisory Group, Spacex
1988-2000 Trustee of Spacex Gallery Exeter

PhD supervision completions

2020 Hakeem, R., Trace and History: an investigation of Kurdish Banner-making through contemporary art practice
2019 Geremia, A., Maker, Wearer, Viewer, Object: the reflexive destabilisation of brooches in a contemporary jewellery making practice
2018 Osborn, L., Encountering Statues: object-oriented ontology and the figure in a sculptural practice
2017 Knowles, R.V., A translocal approach to dialogue-based art
2015 Baugh, T., An Investigation of an Artistic Equivalence of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
2014 Ismail, K., Pudu Jail’s Graffiti: Beyond the Prison Cells


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