Sarah produced some beautiful ‘educational’ collages for the new Heritage Hub at New Standard Works in Birmingham. She was great to work with – dedicated equally to the research and creation process – and worked closely to the brief. I would highly recommend her.
Ruth Nutter, Producer, Ruskin-in-Sheffield.
Dear Sarah, I would like to thank you for your excellent workshop at this year’s Beeline Festival. As you know, the festival celebrates storytelling in all of its forms, aiming to engage children in creating stories and the pleasure of sharing them. I can think of few better examples of this at this year’s festival than your fantastic workshop ‘A little book of nature’ which engaged both children and parents alike. It is a very well designed format which has the right balance of story making and artwork. The little books created during the workshop were delightful and it was a pleasure to see parents so engrosed in creative play with their children (and vice versa). I was also extremely pleased with the ‘low tech’ environmentally friendly approach of using recycled materials. Much of the chatter I over-heard on the day was the realisation by the parents that so many fabulous art materials (packaging) were simply disgarded.
On behalf of The University of Worcester and The Beeline Festival, thank you so much and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Steve Boffy, Arts Advisor & Beeline Festival Manager, University of Worcester
“It is a pleasure to work with Sarah. She is very professional in her approach to the workshops she does here at New Brewery Arts and she brings such fun, creativity and life to the studio when she is teaching. The children learn a wide range of skills and produce fantastic work in only two hours!”
Holly Burton, Participation and Exhibitions Officer, New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
Quotes below are taken from the arts brochure from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust/ Arts in Health Porfolio. I was the lead artist who designed all the murals and ceiling tiles for the new paediatric arts and health unit, based on the theme of My World.
“The artwork has given the work areas a sense of tranquillity, improving the environment for staff and patients alike. It’s great to see patients and their carers gazing at the pictures, providing welcome distraction from their ailments. The art work in the children’s section has particularly provoked positive comments from parents who really appreciate the efforts we have gone to to keep the children as relaxed as possible”.
Jane Mckiernan Emergency Services, UECC Project Lead The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
“The art work provides benefit to both patients and their relatives at what often can be a worrying and distressing time. The art work provides not only a calming environment but distraction and fun to the children who attend the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre” Lorraine Gardener, Emergency Services, UECC Assistant Project Manager. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
“Parents have commented saying how lovely it is, they say its inviting, children of all ages have engaged with the artwork in some way. They like the panels on the ceiling also. One parent said it gave them something to do whilst we were carrying out procedures, they could help more by talking about the panels while we carried on. Almost every patient or parent comments positively on the art work”
Sister Blackburn, Paediatric Sister, Emergency Department. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Sarah was successfully awarded a commission by The Infirmary (University of Worcester) in a joint project arts and reminiscence initiative working with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This involved working with ourselves and Age UK in the planning of a twelve week programme aimed at the specific needs of our participant group. Sarah produced an excellent programme through working in liaison with the participants and made the group feel extremely comfortable and welcome, as well as introducing individuals to a range of new skills through an imaginative programme using a mixture of accessible techniques. In addition to leading all sessions in a supportive and enabling way Sarah was extremely helpful in encouraging recruitment undertaking effective evaluation and in supporting in delivering of an exhibition of participants work. Sarah has subsequently been commissioned to undertake further work in producing a regional resource on How to make a Memory book and a schools resource for making memory books within the classroom. Sarah’s professionalism was excellent as were her communication skills with this Age Group.
Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer, The Infirmary