Why paint places?

Although I haven't been in the studio much recently, I have been thinking about why I want to paint.

Much of my painting is inspired by my responses to different places, both over periods of time that allow a deeper engagement with that place but also - deliberately - fleeting impressions from just passing through. From my work as a travel writer I am intrigued by the pictures and perceptions we build of places over time, how we get our bearings and take views on places we visit for the first time.

New paintings

Some recent paintings and drawings now uploaded in the Places gallery. No Coastal defences yet though, the eagle-eyed will notice. Still waiting for a decent spell of wind in the right direction for a trip to do the sketches... fingers crossed for this weekend.

Placeworks - the art and communication of how places work

Welcome to Placeworks - the home of freelance geographer and creative consultant Sarah Jarvis.
I take on commissions that impact how places work and am proficient in both words and pictures - with experience ranging from writing policy and strategies for urban neighbourhoods to creating public art.
Please scroll down for the latest news, or read more about consultancy and art projects using the Menu bar on the left. To contact me with comments or new commissions, please email sarah@placeworks.co.uk

Local plans for local people

More councils are announcing their intention to use local orders - is this what the government had in mind when it promoted localism?

Ranelagh Group

Sarah is a member of the Ranelagh Group, a group of London painters who have been working together on our individual practices for over a year. We have just launched a website www.ranelaghgroup.co.uk and will be uploading galleries and news of a forthcoming group show shortly. Please email Sarah at sarah@placeworks.co.uk if you would like to be added to the mailing list to be updated with the Ranelagh Group or Placeworks.

AA Night School

Congratulation to Meneesha and Sam at the Architectural Association on the inaugural Night School last night, exploring the idea of Post Retail Town Centres. Presentations for the jury panel and audience came from 5th Studio, We Made That, David Kohn Architects and Studio Egret West.

Coastal defences paintings series

If you like the painting "Power Station, Dorset" in Places gallery you might like to know that plans are afoot for a wider series of paintings exploring the rich heritage of structures in the landscape - this time coastal defences.
The idea was inspired by a recent trip to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight when Placeworks visited The Needles Batteries and Fort Victoria. Thanks to West Wight Landscape Partnership you can Walk the Forts as well as lots of other trails in this beautiful corner of southern England.
Sarah is hoping to have access to temporary studio space in one of the forts while working on the project.

dbrief Quarterly 16 launches - get a resident's view

When dbrief Quarterly was looking to find out more about development from a resident’s point of view the name Zoe Kennedy came up frequently – and each time in connection with a different role. You could say she is a woman with more hats than most.
Read the issue in full here

10 design principles for Blackfriars Road

Placeworks worked with a team led by Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners to help edit the proposed '10 design principles' for Blackfriars Road, London SE1. Read the full text below, and find out more about the project here

Introducing Placewords

Recently Placeworks has been asked to collaborate on lots of new projects where it's definitely words and not pictures that tell the story. With all these April showers it seems timely to put up a new umbrella for these projects and after a brainstorming session at Placeworks HQ we came up with the name 'Placewords' (OK so the heading to this story rather ruined the suspense there, sorry.) We didn't want to change too many letters and it was that or Placeworms - but if we ever branch into landscaping then watch this space.
The first Placewords projects will be landing soon - including more work with the Academy of Urbanism, updates on Bankside Neighbourhood Plan, an exciting project on design principles for Blackfriars Road and more!
To commission words on your own places, please contact Sarah at sarah@placeworks.co.uk