I am an artist and a researcher.  I graduated from Kingston University in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art.  In 2011, I completed my MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, with the thesis, The Importance of the Artist Community in Contemporary Urban Planning.  In 2013, I embarked on my MPhil/PhD, also at Birkbeck, where I am working on my thesis, The Artist and the Art School: Professionalisation in London Art Schools from 1986 to 2016.  Through this study I explore artists’ experiences and views of their formal art school training using grounded theory methodology and incorporating methods of my arts practice.

I am actively involved with Birkbeck events, publications and conferences and also regularly exhibit my artwork and present on my research and related topics in London and across Europe.  In May 2015, along with two MPhil/PhD colleagues, I was the recipient of the BIRMAC student prize, winning with a proposal for a symposium called Visual Artists Today: A Symposium on the Artist Identity, which was carried out during Birkbeck Arts Week 2015.  In autumn 2015, I was Editor of Issue 6 of Birkbeck’s postgraduate arts journal Dandelion, which continued the theme of the symposium.  In May 2018, I participated in Arts Week once again, with the exhibition It Repeats on You.  The exhibition was devised for the 9th Society for Artistic Research Conference, Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, in Plymouth, April 2018.  I included drawings made during my analysis, an installation taken from my processing of my data, a sculptural sound piece that included masks and a self-interview, and my film The Coding Cave and The Performative Fishbowl which captures performative aspects of my research.  In August 2018 I presented my findings so far for an international audience in Tallinn at the 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research.

contact: sarahscarsbrook@hotmail.com