Sarah Plumb

How might the experiences and perspectives of community participants collaborating in socially engaged art practices be heard, considered and equally valued alongside those of the artist and gallery? What ethical implications for the artist and the gallery arise when community participants’ experiences are considered in this way?

SarahPlumb

Supervisors

Professor Richard Sandell

Dr Sheila Watson

Research Interest/Area

My research area explores socially engaged arts practice and its relationship to art galleries as institutions of mediation. I am interested in the dynamic and changing relationships between the art, artist, curator, educator and community, with the aim of presenting the potential social effects of this dialogue. Using a case study approach, the research explores notions of participation and collaboration borne out of socially engaged arts practice mediated through the gallery, with a particular focus on community participants' experiences, and the arising ethical implications of such works.

My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Email: sp227@le.ac.uk

Career Achievements

Over the last twelve years I have achieved considerable expertise within the cultural sector. I am a highly skilled educator leading quality learning programmes, using professionalism and flexibility. I have shared best practice and innovative learning methodologies through publishing articles in international journals and presenting at regional, national and international levels within the cultural sector and the wider context of education, health and the community.

2016 -               Research Associate (Maternity Cover), Research Centre for Museums and Galleries

2015 -               Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

2013 - 2017      Area Rep, engage (National Association of Gallery Education)

2015 - 2015      Research Assistant, School of Museum Studies (Understanding Everyday Participation)

2014 - 2016      Research Assistant, RCMG (Exceptional & Extraordinary, Cultural Values, Talking Statues)

2014 - 2016      Teaching Assistant, School of Museum Studies

2011 - 2013      Project Manager: Learning & Partnerships, Modern Art Oxford

2006 - 2011      Learning Development Manager, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

2007 - 2007      Freelance Artist Educator, Creative Partnerships, Birmingham

2006 - 2006      Freelance Artist Educator, The New Art Gallery, Walsall

2004 - 2008      Artist Tutor, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

Academic Awards

2005 - 2006      MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies, University of Leicester - Distinction

2001 - 2004      BA Fine Art, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff - 2:1

2000 - 2001      Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Central St.Martins, London

Awards

Arts and Humanities Research Council - PhD Studentship Award

University of Leicester - Teaching Partnership Award

Exhibitions and Residencies

Here and Now - film piece, part of 100 Stories of Migration exhibition, co-created with Sipei Lu, Wen-Ling Lin, Duncan McCauley and Professor Richard Sandell exhibited as part of Southbank's Festival of Changing Britain, Adopting Britain: 70 Years of Migration exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London (2015).

100 Stories of Migration - touring to University of Greenwich Galleries, London (2015).

100 Stories of Migration - photographic and media exhibition exploring how migration affects us all in partnership with the Migration Museum Project, co-curated with Yon-Jai Kim, Wen-Ling Lin, Sipei Lu, Ryan Nutting, Mercy Trent and Professor Richard Sandell, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2014 - 2015). http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/exhibitions-and-events/100stories

Platform - Graduate Artists from the South East, co-curated with Emily Korchmaros and Paul Luckraft, in partnership with CVAN SE, MK Gallery, Turner Contemporary and Aspex, Modern Art Oxford (2013).

Stephanie Douet: Real / Non-Real - Residency, Modern Art Oxford (2013).

Zsuzsanna Nyul: Visible-Invisible - Residency, Modern Art Oxford (2013).

Rolf Julius - co-curated with Stephen Cornford as part of the Audiograft Festival, Modern Art Oxford (2013).

Julian Wild: Making the Connection - co-curated with The China Shop Gallery, Modern Art Oxford (2012).

Platform - Graduate Artists from the South East, co-curated with Melanie Pocock, Emily Korchmaros and Sarah Mossop, in partnership with CVAN SE, MK Gallery, Turner Contemporary and Aspex, Modern Art Oxford (2012).

Lost in Time and Space - collaborative project exhibition co-curated with Jon Lockhart, Nicola Armitage, Emma Titcombe, Samina Baig and project participants, Modern Art Oxford (2012).

Publications

Plumb, S. (forthcoming) 'The roles and responsibilities of galleries in critiquing contemporary political situations and imagining alternative futures' in Contemporary Art Journal, South Korea.

Plumb, S. (forthcoming) 'Blurring Distinctions: Anthony Luvera's Residency' in Terraform, Slade School of Fine Art MA Journal.

Plumb, S. (2016) '"We’re all travelling the same route, but it’s a different journey for everybody" Open House: Art and Engagement in North Cambridge' in engage Journal 37 Time and Space. http://www.engage.org/engage37

Plumb, S. (2015) Editor-in-Chief. Museological Review Issue 19, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/research-degrees/museological-review

Plumb, S. (2014) 'Art Turning Left: Tate Liverpool Exhibition Review' in Museological Review Issue 18, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/research-degrees/museological-review

Plumb, S. (2013) 'Partnership Working in a Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery' in AD Magazine, NSEAD. http://www.nsead.org/publications/ad_archive.aspx

Plumb, S. (2012) 'Neutral Territory: The Gallery, a Site for Artists, Young People and Older People with Dementia to Collaborate' in engage Journal 30 Arts and Healthcare. http://www.engage.org/engage30

Plumb, S. (2009) 'Explore Project Case Study at Compton Verney' in Explore Handbook: Improving Access to Galleries for Disabled and Deaf People.

Conferences

'Open House: A Researcher's Perspective' Presentation at Friday Lectures, Leamington Spa Museum and Art Gallery (2017).

'Open House: Conversations with Collaborators' Presentation at Conditions for Creative Communities. With Kettle's Yard, Tate Exchange (2017).

'Taking Bearings' Workshop at Conditions for Creative Communities. With Kettle's Yard, Tate Exchange (2017).

Table Host and Facilitator at What is the role of participatory artists today? With Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Tate Exchange (2017).

'Open House: Art and Engagement in North Cambridge' Presentation at SHARE Museums East Conference, Newmarket (2016).

'Open House: Collaborative Conversations' Breakout Session co-facilitated with Karen Thomas at SHARE Museums East Conference, Newmarket (2016).

'Visual Mapping Exercise: Open House' at engage East Area Meeting, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2016).

'Sacred Cows - Questioning and interrogating museum 'truths' (Does participation truly bring about empowerment?)' Workshop co-facilitated with Dr Sheila Watson, Dr Lisanne Gibson, Laura Crossley and Sipei Lu at Museums in the Global Contemporary, Leicester (2016).

'Freee Art Collective, Inaugural Performance – Citizen Ship' co-facilitated with Dave Beech, Mel Jordan, Andrew Hewitt, Gee Sun Hahn, Wen-Ling Lin, Sipei Lu and Mercy Trent at Museums in the Global Contemporary, Leicester (2016).

'Arts and Health Afternoon: Lost in Time and Space, a case study' at engage West Midlands Area Meeting, The Barber Institute, Birmingham (2015).

'An Education Turn Workshop' at Danish Research Network in Curatorial Studies: Participatory Practices and Strategies, Leicester (2015).

'A mind-mapping exercise using the "Most Significant Change" technique to explore approaches to measuring social impact' Breakout Session at Museum Association Moving on Up Event, Leicester (2015).

'The impact on participants including children and young people working with art and artists' Session co-facilitated with Clare Halstead, chaired by Felicity Allen at engage Summer School, Cornwall (2014).

'Art and Health: The Ageing Demographic' Breakout Session co-facilitated with Dr Victoria Tischler at engage International Conference, Birmingham (2013).

'Connections and Collaborations: The Lost in Time and Space Project' co-presented with Maria Parsons at European Alzheimer's Conference, Vienna (2012).

'Connections and Collaborations: The Lost in Time and Space Project' co-presented with Maria Parsons, Rhiannon Nowakowska (project participant) and Emily Raven-Baker (project participant) at National Arts and Dementia Conference, London (2012).

'A Neutral Territory: The Lost in Time and Space Project' co-presented with Laura Sayers (project participant) at Oxfordshire Intergenerational Conference, Oxford (2012).

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