Sarah Craske is an award winning British artist, without category, now working at the intersection of Art, Science & Technology. Sarah is currently developing a manifesto which she uses to govern her practice and SPACER – a transdisciplinary art studio for sustainable creative practice. She is specifically interested in exploring how the concept of practice, ethics & language, space & technologies, materials & methods, knowledge & data, transform through transdisciplinary working & is developing her own transdiscipline in collaboration with Charlotte Sleigh – Biological Hermeneutics. In 2017, Sarah’s first solo exhibition speculatively presented this discipline which was site specifically installed at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, UK.
Her work manifests as either research, writing, installations, film, performances, sculpture or synthetic biology using a range of media including archival material, bacteria, fungi, lichens, DNA, resins, peptides & collected specimens.
Sarah’s pioneering work was recently recognised by Biofaction, who awarded her a residency immersed within the scientific research of the international SYNPEPTIDE team. SYNPEPTIDE was studying the potential and role of peptides in the broader fight against antibiotic resistance (Basel, Switzerland). The residency aimed ‘to explore arts or alternative cultural practices’ potential with regards to the visions, challenges, philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical aspects of synthetic biology’. Furthermore, Sarah added ‘a complementary outside-the-box perspective to synthetic biology, its societal ramifications and cultural aspects’ while helping ‘envision the potential long-term changes synthetic biology might bring to society.’
In 2016, Sarah was awarded the NOVA Award for her collaborative work with Charlotte Sleigh & Simon Park. Selected from 1300 artists, “The awards recognise & showcase the freshest new creative talent & aim to spot the next creative stars of the future by recognising & celebrating the innovators and risk takers”. The work chosen “represents truly original creative thinking and execution, with an emphasis on craft, skill & exceptional accomplishment”.
In 2014, her research in collaboration with Charlotte Sleigh and Simon Park was awarded an AHRC Science In Culture Innovation Award, in recognition of her “innovative contribution to collaborative inter-relationships between the sciences, arts & humanities”. Her transdisciplinary team, Metamorphoses in Art & Science continue to develop shared ways of working in new & emerging fields.
She is currently director of SPACER, an Honorary Research Fellow at Centre for the History of the Sciences at the University of Kent and has been appointed to the Science & Arts Section of the British Science Association. She has recently completed through Coursera and Johns Hopkins University an ‘Introduction to Genomic Technologies – Genomic Data Science Specialization’ & received an MA in Art & Science with distinction, at Central St Martins. She is Head of Lichen Hunting at The Institute of Unnecessary Research.
Recent commissions include The Microbiota Archive and Mundus Subterraneous which respond to the relationship between digital & physical archives & proposes new value systems to include “cultural scientific metadata”.
She lives and works between London, Canterbury & Ramsgate (UK).