Professor Sarah Perks is an interdisciplinary and international curator whose practice combines curatorial methodologies, cultural leadership and creative applications.
Exhibitions, projects, films, writings, workshops, collectives and organisations are all created as a part of their collaborative explorations.
Sarah uses relational curatorial strategies to build practice-based research, designing collaborative and future visioning projects for inclusive creative social action.
They use creative practices (contemporary art, performance, writing and filmmaking) with science or humanities (ecopsychology, quantum physics, artificial intelligence) to investigate equitable and non-hierarchical human and non-human partnerships.
From desire to displacement, Sarah's themes are about communication and engagement across a fragmented world.
How we choose to connect and live might be our most important contribution to the world, continually exploring the intra, inter and social-political forces that shape these interactions.
Paul Stewart and Sarah Perks collaborate through their artistic-curatorial practice, often workshop and film-based, bringing together their explorations from empathy to engagement, critical pedagogies to expanded curation, and knowledge exchange to karaoke
An international art gallery and museum, we commission, collect and re-think modern and contemporary art. As the artistic heart of the School of Arts & Creative Industries at Teesside University, MIMA is dedicated to collaborative learning, research and innovation
Cooper Gallery, Dundee
Three moving image works consider relations between humans and non-humans forming an exploration through history, intimacy and spirituality....
Cooper Gallery, Dundee
Host for Multimedia Systems: Heather Phillipson in Conversation at aesthetica's Future Now Symposium 2024. London-based Heather Phillipson i...
Artists, poets, performers, curators, and researchers, with experience teaching or developing their own pedagogies and resources for a one-m...
Recording of Q&A as co-curator of David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected at Manchester International Festival
Host of Screen Talk with acclaimed designer Es Devlin for LFF Expanded, the immersive art strand of the BFI London Film Festival
All about Tomorrow, our commission and exhibition in 2023
Sarah was Artistic Director at HOME and Cornerhouse in Manchester, collaborating with international artists, curators and filmmakers including David Lynch, Rosa Barba, Phil Collins, Rachel Maclean and Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Groundbreaking group exhibitions included La Movida, Safe, The Return of Memory, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things and Imitation of Life. They were also Experimenta programmer for BFI London Film Festival, chair of Islington Mill Foundation and have written, produced and curated over 100 books, films and exhibitions. They became one of the UK's youngest female Professors at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014.
Sarah Perks is Professor of Curating in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Teesside University / MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). They are working on a multiple interdisciplinary research projects, and co-leading England's only and first MA Curating apprenticeship.
There will be exhibitions, books, films and a range of practice-based collective endeavours going forward. 2024 will see the launch of a Professional Doctorate in Curating and Creative Practice. Everything will probably happen all at once.