Dr Sarah Chapman

Dr Sarah Chapman

Director of Peninsula Arts

Peninsula Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Director of Peninsula Arts


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

Director, Pymouth Visual Arts Consortium (PVAC), now Visual Arts Plymouth, 2011-to date
Trustee, National Aquarium Limited, 2015
Steering group, Visual Arts South West (VASW), 2015
Mentor, VASW,  2014-2015
Plymouth International Book Festival Management Board, 2012-to date

Teaching interests

BA Media Arts, MA Publishing, BA/BSc Digital Arts and Technology. 

Research interests

  • Arts management and curation 
  • The history and development of public art galleries/collections associated with Universities
  • Multi art-form and inter/cross-disciplinary art practice
  • The benefits of a liberal arts education within H.E
  • Critical cultural writing/reviews and commentary 
  • Book design - magazine design - the artist book
  • Artists who alter the photograph through graphic means
  • Found photographs

Other research

2014-2015 TFAS award (teaching fellowship): Teaching and Learning in the Peninsula Arts Gallery

2012-2013: Public Arts as Extra-Cirricula Learning
A TFAS award 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

Curated Exhibitions

2012 - 2013 Executive Producer www.mobydickbigread.com Moby-Dick Big Read on tour, featuring in Aquatopia at Nottingham Contemporary (20 July - 22 September) and TATE St Ives (October 2013 - January 2014).

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).

Chapter's / Catalogue contributions

2015 Plymouth Contemporary Open 2015, exhibition catalogue (Plymouth University).
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

2014 Winter J, Chapman S, & Treasure J, 'Contemporary Art as Extra-curricular Learning: Lessons from a University Art Gallery', The International Journal of Arts Education

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 

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 in helping to present the British Art Show to Plymouth ​

2011 Shortlisted for the 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

Active Partnerships
Programming partnership with Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (2013 - 2023)