Dr Sarah Chapman
Director of Peninsula Arts
The Arts Institute (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Director of The Arts Institute
Roles on external bodies
Trustee, Oceans Conservation Trust, National Marine Aquarium 2016 - to date.
Director of Visual Arts Plymouth CIC, 2015 - to date (chair from 2016 - 2018), overseeing the funding and management of the annual Plymouth Art Weekender.
Steering group, Visual Arts South West, 2015 - 2018.
Artists Mentor,Visual Arts South West, 2014 - 2016.
Plymouth Festival of Words Steering group in partnership with Literature Works (previously Plymouth International Book Festival) 2012 - 2019.
Creative practice & artistic projects
- Arts strategy, management and curation
- Multi art-form and inter/cross-disciplinary art practice
- The benefits of a liberal arts education within H.E/ history and development of public art galleries/collections associated with UK Universities
- Critical cultural writing/reviews and commentary
- Performance poetry/ writing
- Painting and photography
- Found photographs
2018: Curator - Great Artists / Great Teachers. Featuring Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor, Anthony Caro, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Hamilton, Lubaina Himid, Janice Kerbel, Rosalind Nashashibi, Wendy Pasmore, Victor Pasmore, Carl Plackman, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jon Thompson and Richard Wentworth. In partnership with the Arts Council Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London and The Box.
Conceived and launched the Plymouth Contemporary (2015, 2017, 2021) in partnership with KARST and The Box. With a new artist award. Supported by multiple funders.
2017: Co-curator with B. Borthwick - Malcolm Le Grice: Present Moments and Passing Time. Dual sited exhibition in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre.
2016-2019: Executive management of The Atlantic Project, a 3-week public art festival that commissioned new artwork within the public realm, bringing artists and performers of international standing to Plymouth. Part of a two-year multiple funded city-wide festival ‘Horizon’ supported by Arts Council England.
2016: Curator - Searching for Genius: Douglas Gordon and Sir Joshua Reynolds, Peninsula Arts Gallery in association with Arts Angel, London and the Gagosian, London.
2016 - to date: launched The Arts Institute artist film commission (previously Peninsula Arts) and the new film artist award. In partnership with the South West Film & Television archive. Successful artists include: Frances Scott, Bryony Gillard, Richard Broomhall, Chris Bailey and Ieuan Jones.
2013-2016: Executive management of the River Tamar Project, including It's All About the River film festival (September-October 2014). Funding from multiple sources.
2015: Co-curator - Soil Culture: Dig It, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), featuring Canadian artist-in-residence Lisa Hirmer (Dodolab). Supported by the British Society of Soil Science and Arts Council England. Part of the touring exhibition - Deep Roots, with international artists: Paolo Barrile, Mel Chin, Herman de Vries, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta and Claire Pentecost with work by Chris Drury, Andy Goldsworthy, Sandra Masterson, Daro Montag, David Nash, Peter Ward and Adam White.
2015: PRESENT TENSE: Sarah Chapman & Karen Roulstone. Exhibition exploring the relationship between the codes of painting and photography. Alamo Projects, Plymouth.
2014: Co-curator with Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery - Peter Randall-Page: New Sculpture and Works on Paper, first major exhibition in the region for twenty-five years. Including overseeing the temporary loan of three large scale sculptures - Fructus, Corpus and Phyllotaxus, on the University of Plymouth campus (2014-2017).
2012- 2014: Executive Director and co-curator of Moby-Dick Big Read www.mobydickbigread.com contributions from Tilda Swindon, David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch amongst others, alongside a line-up of international artists. Also shown as part of Aquatopia at Nottingham Contemporary (2013) and TATE St Ives (2013-2014). Funding from multiple partners.
2012: Managed commission of new public art sculpture - Arrival and Departure by Ian McChesney (St James Square, University of Plymouth), as part of the University 150th anniversary celebrations.
2012: Curator - Knowledge Museum Kit and News After News: Dan Perjovschi and Lia Perjovschi exhibition and publication. Funding support from the Romanian Cultural Institute.
2009: Co-curator - (Re)Sounding signs: Polish Chopin Posters 1955-2006, including Henryk Tomaszewski, the Wroclaw Four group, Rafal Olbinski and Waldemar Swierzy, with funding from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland and the Polish Embassy, London.
2008: Curator - Art & Insects. Funded by the Royal Entomological Society (University of Plymouth).
2008: Curator - Beryl Cook 1926-2008, A Retrospective exhibition and publication.
Editorial / Chapter contributions
2016: 'Soil Culture: Dig-it' in Soil Culture: Bringing the Arts Down to Earth, ed Clive Adams and Dr Daro Montag, (co-published by The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World and Gaia Project).
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).
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.
Conference / Journal papers
2015: Winter, J., Chapman S. and treasure, K. 'Using a University Arts Gallery to Enhance the Student Learning Experience'. SEDA annual conference. Cardiff. 19-20 November 2015.
2015: Chapman, S. 'The Body which Throbs: Photography and Graphic Intervention'. Ways of Seeing Conference, Queens House, Royal Museums Greenwich, 17 July 2015.
2014: Winter J, Chapman S, & Treasure J., 'Contemporary Art as Extra-curricular Learning: Lessons from a University Art Gallery', TheInternational Journal of Arts Education.
2013: Winter J & Chapman S., 'Public Arts as extra-curricularlearning' Vice Chancellor's Conference on Teaching and Learning. Plymouth University, UK 28 June 2013.
2013: Winter J & Chapman S., 'Public Arts as Extra CurricularLearning' The 8th International Conference on the Arts inSociety. Budapest, Hungary 24 June 2013.
Author / Art Direction
2012: Author and Art Direction: Dan & Lia Perjovschi, The Art of Marginalia, with essay by Crowley, D.,(Plymouth University Press).
2009 - 2012: Art Direction and Design: Twenty Romanian Writer series (Plymouth University Press supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute).
2007- 2011: Art Direction and Design: Short Fiction, series 1-5 (Plymouth University Press).
Reports & invited lectures
Chair: Mariner Roundtable discussion #2 with artist Grace Schwindt, researcher Dr Philippe Blondel (physics) and writer and exhibition co-curator, Dr Philip Hoare on how Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner might be understood in present times, as well as the benefits and tensions of cross-discipline working across art and science. The Edge, University of bath, 13 February 2020.
Chair: Mariner Roundtable discussion #1 with artist Mary Evans, Professor Richard Thompson (Director of The Marine Institute) and Dr Mandy Bloomfield (Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature), University of Plymouth, 13 November, 2019.
Talk: The essential Importance of Art Education - In Conversation with Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, and Dr Sarah Chapman, Curator and Artistic Director of The Arts Institute, exploring the special character, methodologies, and value of art education at every level - University of Plymouth, 25 September, 2018.
Chair: HIDDEN HISTORIES, Plymouth International Book Festival, with writer Imogen Robertson and artist Holly Davey, 2015.
Other academic activities
2014-2015 TFAS award (teaching fellowship) 'Teaching and Learning in the PeninsulaArts Gallery'
2012-2013 TFAS award 'Public Arts as Extra-Cirricula Learning'