Artist in residence

Sarah is interested in the chance to work again as an artist in residence, to explore the workings of a place from the inside and to encourage a new way of looking by bringing a different perspective. If you have any suggestions, please contact her on sarah@placeworks.co.uk

Bankside dbrief Quarterly celebrates Issue 10!

Issue 10 of dbrief Quarterly, edited by Sarah, has just been published. In this issue we make connections across Bankside and London Bridge – from the new entrance to Blackfriars station on Bankside bringing new transport connections to the area, to connections with the past via the exciting discovery of a Roman bath house at Borough High Street. The construction of the complex spire at the Shard has required some innovative physical connections – with prefabricated modules being assembled in North Yorkshire before arriving onsite at SE1, and cultural connections are progressing apace at The Tate Modern Project.
In the 'Meet the People' interview Sarah talks to Chris Watson, Project Manager at Gardiner Theobald – the man responsible for making the connections work between the various professionals working on The Tate Modern Project.
You can read the current and past issues of dbrief online at www.betterbankside.co.uk/news/dbriefs

London oil painters explore a new way of working

In the spirit of the exhibition 'The Way We Work Now', Sarah is collaborating with oil painter Nicky Basford to explore a new way of working for painters who usually work alone in their studio. Painting is by nature a solitary process but we have long believed that occasionally it would be valuable also to work together in a larger space - to have the chance to discuss practice and ideas, but essentially to get on with work in a collective environment.
The inaugural session was a great success - everyone got work done and there was less chance of slipping off for a cup of tea every five minutes as you might in the studio. Indeed, the very sight of other people working can be a great stimulus to getting on with it yourself!

Bankside Logistics Group

London's Bankside and London Bridge are being transformed. The Tate Modern Project, NEO Bankside, Blackfriars Bridge, Borough Viaduct, the Shard and the rest of the London Bridge Quarter are just some of the impressive development projects underway in this historic quarter of London. To help ameliorate any negative impacts of all that work going on at once, Bankside Logistics Group has been set up to encourage partnership working between the many public, private and voluntary sectors involved in and affected by this work.
Sarah is editor of the group's dbrief publications - you can find current and back issues online at: www.betterbankside.co.uk/news/dbriefs

Bankide Gallery exhibition in September

Sarah's oil painting, Platform Three, has been selected for the 'London Lives' exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London (next to Tate Modern). The exhibition is free to visit and takes place from 9 to 18 September. See www.banksidegallery.com for more details.

Latest artwork

New work from Sarah's latest projects responding to a recent journey around Scotland can be seen in the Places Gallery. More to come soon.

Manhattan (Knowledge) Transfer as the Big Apple comes to Bankside

Tower cranes are a long-familiar sight on our city skylines but are there still new lessons to be learned about the way development is coordinated? Manhattan and Bankside have been finding that communication might be the answer.

Drawings selected for two London exhibitions

Two of Sarah's drawings have been selected for inclusion in forthcoming exhibitions in London.
'Landsväg (Country Road)', a large graphite drawing that references the booming popularity of Swedish crime fiction, can be seen at The Gallery, Wimbledon Park Road, SW18 from 26 March until 1April. 'Grain, beam, speed' is an ink drawing of Violet, a beloved family hen, that humorously explores her combination of solidity and darting forage for food. It will appear in the Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Exhibition from 11 May to 11 June at Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1. Both drawings can be seen in the Portraits Gallery.

Pop up spaces

Pop up spaces, shops and events - are they really a panacea or just a sticking plaster? Placeworks has been commissioned to research the experiences of a group of organisations that set up pop up spaces in London in 2010 to try to identify what worked well and what could be done differently in future. An article is planned for the regeneration press, details to follow.

Soho!

Many years ago, when English Heritage was still in Fortress House on Savile Row and before computers had replaced index cards, placeworks spent a happy summer with the Medieval Village Research Group helping reorganise their medieval filing system. Lodging in Kew and taking the Tube daily in to Piccadilly Circus, Sarah soon felt like a Londoner, even if she did once sit on a number 38 bus as far as Islington before she realised this wasn't the way to Victoria.