Sarah Craske is a multi-award winning British artist, without category, exploring the intersection of Art, Science & Technology.
She chooses to exhibit in and collaborate with interdisciplinary buildings, sites and organisations, purposefully prioritising their rich contexts over white cube galleries. Libraries, museums, laboratories and other sites of knowledge full of histories, narratives and context become her materials.
Her work includes research, writing, installation, film, performance, sculpture, engraving and printing, synthetic biology, bronze casting and architecture.
She is specifically interested in successful innovation through collaborative transdisciplinary working, and the reframing of sites of knowledge to create new value.
Recent awards include; the NOVA award (1300 artist applicants) on graduation from Central St Martins (first class MA Art & Science) which ‘recognise the risk takers and spot creative stars of the future’; an AHRC Science in Culture Innovation Award in recognition of her “innovative contribution to collaborative inter-relationships between the sciences, arts & humanities”; a Biofaction International artist-in-residency in Switzerland (applications from 29 countries) and the John Ruskin Prize Shortlist, identified as an ‘Agent of Change’.
Recent exhibitions include Biological Hermeneutics – a transdiscipline which was speculatively presented through a site specific installation at Chethams’ Library, Manchester, UK (the oldest public library in the English-speaking world). The installation included the premier of The Metamorphoses Chapter in full, for which she took a 1735 copy of Ovid’s book, and captured and revealed the bacteria it held from centuries of human touch using cutting edge scientific processes.
For THERIAK, she explored patterns of human behaviour towards disease across time. Works included a time-lapse film of cholera being fought by her own synthetic peptides and copperplate prints of contemporary molecules. THERIAK was installed across the Basel Pharmacy Museum, Switzerland.
Her work appears in several books including Creating Art and Science Collaboration; Bringing value to organisations (Schnugg, Claudia), published by Palgrave Macmillan; The Art of Antibiotics (Schmidt, Markus), published by Biofaction; Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils (Farrier, David), published by 4th Estate.
She is currently director of SPACER, where (in collaboration with artists Stephen Melton and Lorna Dallas-Conte) over the last 15 years, she has been developing a unique interdisciplinary organisational model that is now manifesting itself as a purpose built space that encourages true transdisciplinarity.
She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Centre for the History of the Sciences at the University of Kent, through which she has contributed to numerous interdisciplinary journals. She is a visiting lecturer at University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins (MA Art and Science) and co-curator of the Science and Arts Section of the British Science Festival.
She lives and works between London, Canterbury & Ramsgate (UK).
Director | SPACER
Honorary Research Fellow | School of History | University of Kent
Co-Recorder | Science and the Arts Section | British Science Association
Visiting Lecturer | MA Art & Science | UAL Central Saint Martins
MA (Art & Science) | Central Saint Martins, UAL | 2016 | Distinction
BA (Fine Art) | Kent Institute of Art and Design | 2003 | First Class
Solo Exhibition| THERIAK – The Past In The Present| The Pharmacy Museum, University of Basel | Switzerland
Public Event | Museums Nacht Basel – THERIAK. VERGANGENES GEGENWÄRTIG | The Pharmacy Museum, University of Basel | Switzerland
Public Talk | THERIAK – The Impact of Interdisciplinarity on a Museum | The Pharmacy Museum, University of Basel | Switzerland
Conference Presentation | Remixing Theriak; Experiments with an ancient cure-all remedy (in collaboration with Martin Kluge, Dr. Sabine Fehlmann, Philipp Koch) | Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel | Switzerland
Colloquium Presentation | THERIAK – The Past In The Present | Beyond Resistance; Reimagining the Military Metaphor | University of Edinburgh | Scotland
Public Talk | THERIAK – The Past In The Present | SPACER, Ramsgate | UK
Publication | Schnugg, C. . Creating Art and Science Collaboration; Bringing value to organisations | Palgrave Macmillan
Writing | Craske, S., Park, S. and Sleigh, C.. Lowering the tone in art and science collaboration: An analysis from science and technology studies. Journal of Science & Popular Culture; Volume 2 Number 1. Available at: https:// doi: 10.1386/jspc.2.1.37_1
Award | Theriaca– Funding awarded to support the self-initiated residency investigating whether historical knowledge can indicate where novel antimicrobials could yet be discovered using contemporary scientific methods, within an interdisciplinary team in the context of Lemnian Earth (Terra Sigillata) and Theriaca. | Centre for the History of the Sciences Fund, School of History | University of Kent
Conference Presentation | SPACER – Building Interdisciplinarity | Creative Lenses Final Conference: Culture and Business Models in Challenging Times | Cable Factory, Helsinki | Finland
Conference Presentation | Lowering the tone in art and science collaboration: an analysis from science and technology studies| Interrogating the Art-Science Relationship | Oxford University Department of History of Art and Visual Culture | UK
Residency |Self-Initiated residency studying the cultural context of Lemnian Earth and its relationship to the question of whether historical knowledge can indicate where novel antimicrobials could yet be discovered using contemporary scientific methods, within an interdisciplinary team | Lemnos, Greece
Group Exhibition | The John Ruskin Prize – Agent of Change | The Holden Gallery, Manchester | UK
Publication | The John Ruskin Prize – Agent of Change 2019 Exhibition Catalogue | The Big Draw
Award | Shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize – Agent of Change | The Big Draw and The Guild of St George
For a full CV please contact Sarah directly.
University of Kent | School of History | Centre for the History of the Sciences (UK)
Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK)
Mullen Lowe (UK)
Chethams’ Library (UK)
Basel Pharmacy Museum (CH)