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Sara Adams

QUALIFICATIONS
University of Hull
Scarborough Campus 2001
BA(Hons) Fine Art First Class
Westwood Campus
Yorkshire Coast College Art & Design 1998
BTEC Foundation Pass
RECENT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Project Manager for ‘Have a Go’
Creative Workshops for young people, 16 - 25yrs
Festival of Youth Arts, Allatt House, Scarborough
Aug - Oct ‘02
Acting Visual Arts Development Officer
Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough
Aug - Dec '02
Voluntary Education Officer
Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough
Present
Support Worker (Art & Crafts with Special Needs Adults)
Basics Plus, Roscoe Street, Scarborough
Mar ‘01 - Aug ‘02
Volunteers Co-ordinator
Hull and East Yorkshire MIND Arts and Craft Exhibition
Mar ‘02 - May ‘03
Ceramics Technician
University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, Filey Road
Scarborough
1999-2001
EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES
Oliver Contemporaries
17 Belle Vue Street, Wandsworth
London SW17 7EG
Present
Obscure Culture
Brighton Road, Purley, Surrey
Present
SH**
Crescent Arts, Scarborough
Jul 16 ‘02 - Aug 31 ‘02
Christmas Present
Scarborough Art Gallery
Nov 3 ‘01 - Jan 5 ‘02
Burleigh House
Peterborough
Aug ‘01
Degree Show
University of Hull
Jun ‘01
GROUPS & ORGANISATIONS
Crescent Arts, Scarborough Current Studio Holder
ARTISTS STATEMENT
Initially I found myself drawn back to the jumble of alleyways and back-yards from where I grew up. I drew inspiration from the disparate, compositionally disjointed collection of images found hidden behind any ordinary street. Like my childhood memories, some yards were shiny, well kept and clean, some were a run-down tumbled mess. I began to explore the parallels between human, psychological decay and displacement, and exterior physical decay, drawing further inspiration from ruined abbeys and derelict buildings. I began to work toward using these sources as my central artistic metaphor.
A study visit to Cyprus in April / May 2000 proved crucial. Not only did that island boast a considerable number of archaeological references, Byzantine works of art in particular, but I also found a country still slowly rebuilding its capital after the effects of war, 25 years on. This still-evident destruction of both family life and its physical surroundings was to provide me with information, sketches and photographs and continues to be a consistent body of inspiration for my own artistic practice.
Using paper-clay, wire and mesh I have been attempting to piece together the fragile, crumbling, displaced physical architecture of my own past against a quiet, inner, personal strength which seems somehow to be informed by the very same thing.
Thin, lightweight clay is held together tenuously with the strength of steel pins, fragile but still very much standing. Cyprus led me to lengthen my artistic journey in an attempt to include others’ personal pain and decay, as seen through the corpses of buildings.