Dr Sarah Bennett

Dr Sarah Bennett

Visiting Specialist

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Part time Supervisor PhD Art and Media


BA (Hons) Fine Art, Exeter College of Art and Design (CNAA) 1980

PhD University of Plymouth 2010

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) 2014

Professional membership

National Association of Fine Art Education


Research interests

My research, developed through art practice,explores the intersection between human experience in the inhabitation of space and how the built environment affects those who inhabit - i.e. the dialectical relationships and interactions between subjects and their surroundings. 

Grants & contracts

1999 Regional Arts Lottery Grant £29,500 ( with Butler)

2001 AHRB Small Grant £5,000 (with Butler)

Creative practice & artistic projects

Recent exhibitions/projects:

2015 Disordering Chaos, Bath Fringe Arts, 22nd May -7th June

2014 Solo exhibition Safe-keeping (Custodia), Museo Laboratorio della Mente, Rome Oct 31st -Nov 30th 

2013 Solo Exhibition Reformations Plymouth Arts Centre April15th - June 16th 

2012 Revisions and Propositions, in the former Exeter College of Art and Design, Exeter, March

2012- Geographies of Affect and Memory, Museo Laboratorio della Mente, Rome (current)

2010 Re-formations Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland 11th Nov - 10th Dec

2010 Spaces Inbetween, Transart International Collective Exhibition, Concent Art, Berlin 1st-5th August

2010 6 x 4  Artspace, Portsmouth 12th-14th Nov

2009 Re-forming the Institution, Viva Exhibition Davy Bldg, University of Plymouth October

1999 Traces St Michael's Church Honiton 

1999 Chloride in On and Off the Wall, Art Haven, Exeter

1999 '21' Spacex Gallery, Exeter (work sited at St Nicholas priory)

Bennett, S (2011) 'Re-acting Traces: The Historical Building as Container of Memory' In The Journal of Memory Connection (online) - Vol 1, No 1, Contained Memory  Contained Memory Massey University and Syracuse University http://www.memoryconnection.org/journals/memory-connection-vol-01/

Bennett, S. and Melling G (2010) 'Window Sills: Art of Locality' in Szijarto Zsolt (Ed) Public/Space: Concepts, perspectives and approaches, Budapest: Gondolat Publishing 

Bennett, S. (2010) 'Re-forming the institution: the wall as memory archive' in Journal of Media Practice Volume 11 Number 3

Bennett, S. (2008) ‘Crossing the Line’ in Coutts, G and Jokela, T (2008) (Eds) Art, Communityand Environment: Educational Perspectives Bristol: Intellect  

Bennett, S. Butler, J. Kirkham, N and Miles, M (2004) 'A Comparative Evaluation: Projects in Exeter, Barcelona, London and Tyneside in Miles, M and Hall, T (Eds) Interventions: Art and Urban Futures Vol 4, Portaln USA and Bristol: Intellect

Bennett, S. Mellings, G (2001) 'Art of Locality' in AN Magazine for Artists

Bennett, S (2000) 'Crossing the Line' in International Journal of Art Education Vol 19 No 3

Bennett, S and Butler J (2000) (eds) Locality, Regeneration and Diversities, Art and Urban Futures Vol 1, Bristol and Portland, USA: Intellect

Reports & invited lectures

2013 'Affect and agency in the archived objects of the Museo Laboratorio della Mente' At the Museums Futures in an Age of Austerity Conference, Department of Culture, Communication & media, Institute of Education, University of London 14th - 16th June

2012 'Shared Traits' at the Victorian College of the Arts' Cultural Development Network, University of Melbourne (distance presentation) 2nd Sept

2012 'Shared Traits' in the panel 'Interdisciplinary Geographies: Art, Design and Poetics' at Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference "Security of geography/geography of security" Edinburgh 2nd-5th July

2011 'Tracing Absence: between bodies and buildings' at American Anthropological Association Annual Conference "traces, Tidemarks and Legacies' Montreal 16th -20th November.

2011 'Damage re-enacted through art practice' in Fixed: architecture, incompleteness and change' University of Plymouth 7th-8th April 2011

2011 Between Two Bodies: the artist's body and the body of the building - invited to present at AHRC funded Seminar series 'New Geographies of the Body and Mind', Centre for Human Geography, Brunel University 10th March

2010 Wall-wounds: The wall as memory archive - Contained Memory Conference, Te Papa National Museum, Wellington, New Zealand, 9th-11th December

2010 Dis-placing Memory: The wall as memory archive - Creativity and Place Conference (AHRC funded), Geography Dept, University of Exeter, 23rd - 25th June

2010  Re-forming the Institution: Re-enactment as an artistic research method in Embodied Methodologies Strand, America Association of Geographers annual conference, Washington DC, April 13th -18th.

2010 Re-modelling the Institution: A critique  through art practice, Models as Active Spaces - Art and Science Symposium, Plymouth Arts centre February 17th. Invitation from Prof Stev Hughes, Egenis, University of Exeter

2009 Re-forming the Institution: Wall as Memory Archive, Journal of media Practice Symposium, University of Sussex, July 13th

2007 Refuge for the Mad, or Refuge from the Mad, Utopia Conference, University of Plymouth July 7th and 8th

2006 The Importance of Names: an analysis of changing nomenclature in two former asylums, Connections No5, An Interdisciplinary Conference of Research Students, University of Bristol February 16th and 17th

2002 Community Interaction- Art and the Everyday, Visual Arts, Architecture and Community, organised by John Hansard Gallery and University of Southampton.