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Profiles

Sarah Chapman

Director of Peninsula Arts

Peninsula Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Director of Peninsula Arts

Qualifications


PhD, Puncturing the Silence: Painting Over the Found Photograph, Awarded 2014
MA Sequential Design, Brighton University, 2002
BA Hons (first class) Design Arts, Plymouth University, 1997

Roles on external bodies


Board of Directors, Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium (PVAC)
Chair, River Tamar Project Management Board 
Plymouth International Book Festival Management Board

Teaching interests


BA Media Arts, MA Publishing, BA/BSc Digital Arts and Technology. 

Research interests

  • The history and the continued development of public art galleries / collections associated with Universities
  • Exhibition interpretation and how to enrich the experience and understanding of contemporary art for a diverse audience
  • Arts management - curation - adapting to a new funding climate
  • Critical cultural writing / reviews and commentary 
  • Book design - magazine design - the artist book
  • Drawing - the line in space - graphic intervention - early 20th Century through to the present
  • Artists who alter the photograph through graphic means
  • Found photographs

Other research

2012-2013 Public Arts as Extra-Curricular Learning

A TFAS award (teaching fellowship) that examines the beneficial role public arts can play within the student learning experience (both formal and informally) across a range of art and science disciplines.



Creative practice & artistic projects

2012 - 2013 Executive Producer www.mobydickbigread.com 

  • Moby-Dick Big Read on tour, featuring in Aquatopia at Nottingham Contemporary (20 July - 22 September) and TATE St Ives (October 2013 - January 2014).
Curated Exhibitions
2012 Knowledge Museum Kit and News After News joint exhibition featuring Dan and Lia Perjovschi (Peninsula Arts Gallery, November - December 2012 ). 
2010 Ben Hartley: A retrospective, Co-curated by Bernard Samuels and Sarah Chapman, featuring paintings, drawings and never before exhibited journals and notebooks (Peninsula Arts Gallery, November - December 2010). 
2009 (re)sounding signs: Polish Chopin Posters 1955-2006, Co-curator. Featuring posters from 1950's to the present day, including Henryk Tomaszewski, the Wroclaw Four group, Rafal Olbinski and Waldemar Swierzy. Part of the Plymouth Polish Festival and in partnership with the Museum Frydereyka Chopina, Warsaw with the support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute (March - April 2009). 
2008 Art & Insects, an exhibition featuring over 20 national and international artists inspired by insects. Supported by the Royal Entomological Society (Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth University, September-October 2008). 
2008 Beryl Cook 1926-2008, A Retrospective. Co-curated by Jess Wilder and Sarah Chapman, (Peninsula Arts Gallery, November - December 2008).


Chapter's / Catalogues
2014 "Peter Randall-Page in conversation with Sarah Chapman" in Peter Randall-Page: Drawings (Plymouth, University of Plymouth Press), 5-9.
2013 "University Galleries and public art programs within the UK" in Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Displaying Your Work (Oxford: Focal Press), 124-127. 
2012 Introduction to Dominion: A Whale Symposium, ed Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare, (Bath: Wunderkammer Press, January 2012) p 18-20.
2011 "What Can University Galleries Offer?" in Cabinet: Changing Perceptions, ed P Quinn, (Plymouth University Press), 20-21.
2008 Beryl Cook:1926-2008, ed Jess Wilder and Sarah Chapman, (Plymouth University Press). Alongside curating the first major retrospective of Beryl Cook's work in the Peninsula Arts Gallery, following her death, the publication brought together academics and critical commentators who questioned and examined the division between the huge popularity of Cook's work and the art establishment's resistance in recognising her success whilst she was alive.

Art Direction / Design

2012 Author and Art Direction: Crowley, D., Dan & Lia Perjovschi, The Art of Marginalia (Plymouth University Press). 

2009 - 2012 Art Direction and Design: Twenty Romanian Writer series (Plymouth University Press).
2007 - 2011 Art Direction and Design: Short Fiction, series 1-5 (Plymouth University Press).

Conference Papers

2013 Winter J & Chapman S 'Public Arts as extra-curricular learning' Vice Chancellor's Conference on Teaching and learning.  Plymouth University, UK  28/06/2013 

2013 Winter J & Chapman S 'Public Arts as Extra Curricular Learning' The 8th International Conference on the Arts in Society.  Budapest, Hungary  24/06/2013 

Other academic activities

2013 Awarded two Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Award's as part of the Moby-Dick Big Read team and the Plymouth International Book Festival team.
2012 Peninsula Arts team shortlisted for a Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Award for ​Creative Initiative. Recognising the success and impact of bringing the British Art Show 7 to Plymouth, working in conjunction with the Hayward Gallery and as a leading member of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium, supported by Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England, Peninsula Arts co-delivered the 7th British Art Show 'In the Days of the Comet' for the final leg of its year-long country wide tour. BAS7 ran for three months across five venues throughout the City including the Peninsula Arts Gallery. As a high profile major contemporary arts event 74,790 visits were made to the city wide exhibition, providing access to contemporary arts to the local and regional audiences, including specifically focused opportunities for 67 Schools to connect directly with the work, academics and students of the University.

2011 Shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award, Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival

2009 Awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Award for International Engagement. Paul Honeywill, Anthony Caleshu, Sarah Chapman & Simon Ible, University of Plymouth Press and Peninsula Arts.

2006 Teaching Qualification: GTA (General Teaching Award).


Additional information

Partnerships
The Tamar River Project 
The Plymouth International Book Festival
The History Centre

Debate
I have a particular interest in fostering critical debate and believe that the free exchange of ideas and constructive contestation underpin the development of all progressive ideas. 
2012
"Is the Holiday over for cheap flights?" 15th November
Panel: Dr Kevin Meethan, Associate Professor in Sociology, School of Social Science and Social Work, Plymouth University; Peter Smith, School of Management and Social Sciences, St Mary’s University College Twickenham; Andrew Pratt, Plymouth Green Party. 

"Does Integrated Medicine Make Sense?" Great Hall, Dartington, 26th May, (organised by Jo Torres and supported by Peninsula Arts and Social Justice, Dartington) 
Panel: Totnes MP and GP Dr. Sarah Wollaston; Andy Lewis, skeptical blogger; Becky Simpson, cancer survivor; Simon Mills, herbalist. Chair: Totnes FM founder David Parsley.

"Digital Natives or Digital Captives: How is Technology Changing Young People?", Plymouth University, 7th February 
Panel: Alan Earl (Police Officer and advisor on Internet Child Abuse Team), Andy Phippen (Professor of Social responsibility in IT, Plymouth University), Darren Towers (Media Advanced teacher, Stoke Damerell Community College), Neil De Witt (Associate Professor, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning).

2011
"Should austerity be embraced or rejected?" 4th November
Panel: Oliver Colvile (MP Member for Plymouth, Sutton and devonport), Daniel Ben Ami (Author of 'Ferraris for All'), Simon Ashby (Plymouth Business School), Danny Bamping (Chairman 23Acorns Group), Rob Gawthrop (University College Falmouth).
 
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