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Sarah Chapman

 

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Sarah Chapman

  • Job title: Director of Peninsula Arts, Peninsula Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Address: RLB1A, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752585038
  • Email: sarah.chapman@plymouth.ac.uk


Role

Director, Peninsula ArtsBringing the highest quality international cultural names and events to Plymouth whilst providing a platform to support emerging artists, with the aim of inspiring and engaging a wide range of audiences and fostering an appreciation and understanding of the Arts. Skills: Direction, curation, major festival and event management, partnership working, relationship building, business development, fund raising, implementing change, problem solving, communication, mentoring, strategic planning and creative thinking.


 

Qualifications & background


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 ProjecManagement Board (www.tamarproject.org.uk)
Plymouth International Book Festival Management Board
 


Teaching interests


Taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Plymouth University including, 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 administration - 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 

Working with curators Philip Hoare and Angela Cockayne the Moby-Dick Big Read aimed to represent and reinvigorate the classic 19thCentury novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville for a 21st Century audience. Hugely ambitious in scope the project invited well known luminaries, from arts and science, stage and screen, to contribute a reading, and included: Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Simon Callow, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Blake Morrison, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Christopher Frayling, Tania Kovats, China Mieville, Dorothy Cross, Will Self, Benedict Cumberbatch, alongside an equally illustrious list of artists who also contributed or made new work specially for the project: Gavin Turk, Richard Long, Michael Landy, Frank Stella, Susan Hiller, Marcus Harvey. Under the banner of 'making great literature accessible to everyone' the Moby-Dick Big Read reached an audience of over 3 million and receiving world wide critical reviews.

  • Moby Dick Big Read launch, 16 September, Plymouth Hoe (part of the Plymouth Marine City Festival and the Plymouth International Book Festival). Featured an introduction by author Philip Hoare, a chapter reading by Simon Callow and a new music commission inspired by Moby-Dick.
  • 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).



 


Publications

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 

 

Conferences organised

2011 May Future Visions (Film Festival)
Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University This week-long celebration of film, included talks from film-makers and critics and was programmed in anticipation of the curatorial theme 'In the Days of the Comet' underpinning the British Art Show 7, Peninsula Arts Gallery and across Plymouth (September-December 2011). The festival questioned how contemporary uncertainties manifest themselves into a dystopian vision of the future as seen through film. 

2011 February Whale Festival 
Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Inspired by the Dominion exhibition in Peninsula Arts Gallery, the three day Festival celebrated the iconographic image of the whale and it's place in literature, biology and history. Bringing together international artists and scientists the festival included performances, film screenings, poetry readings, talks and music, the hugely popular festival attracted both an academic and public audience. 

2010 - 2011 November Romanian Festival, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. A three day festival across two years celebrating Romanian Art, Performance, Film, Literature and Music (in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute)

2009 February Disposable People, Co-organisor, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. A symposium exploring the ethics of Documentary Photography and Journalism (in partnership with Hayward Touring, Autograph ABP, Magnum Photographers)

2009 May Animal Gaze, Co-organisor, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. A symposium which examined how artists are responding to the changing relationship between animal and human in the light of recent medical advancements. Programmed in response to the 200th anniversary of Darwin. (Supported by PVAC and Centre of Contemporary Art and the Natural World)

2008 May Exploring Consciousness, Co-organisor, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. A symposium which explored a range of Art & Science collaborations, in response to Scribing the Soul exhibition by Susan Aldworth (Peninsula Arts Gallery)


 


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
Peninsula Arts is committed to supporting and enabling new opportunities for graduates and creative entrepreneurs. In the last year Peninsula Arts has actively supported and partnered with many new creative enterprises launched across the city. I see my role in these partnerships as a facilitator, connecting projects with academic specialists and researchers working within the University, engaging students with cultural ventures, sharing my own professional networks and contacts with new start-ups and advising on their professional development. 

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. Debate one might argue is the pre condition for a healthy society and Universities prize their commitment to the free spirit of enquiry. In this tradition Peninsula Arts supports ‘The Disputables’ a new Plymouth based debating platform, which takes debate out into the community and encourages a questioning and intelligent approach to discussion on all matters that both impact on and influence our lives. 

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).
 
http://thedisputables.wordpress.com/