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Sarah Needham


Recent exhibitions:
2015 + Changing platform, Solo Show Faron Sutaria, 506 Fulham Road, SW6
2015 Open Art Spaces, Kensington and Fulham, Solo:Faron Sutaria, Fulham 9-18 October
2015 Open Art Spaces Group: Place and Proximity, Austin Forum 9-18October 2015
2015 Chriskitch, Muswell Hill through October 2015
2015 Refuse Reuse Pocketarts group show, Kensington 2015
2014 Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2014
2013 Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops West Hampstead 2013


Recent Community Art projects:
2014-present Art from London Markets Project: blogging, painting, drawing, print making, collecting stories, Sending e art reflecting on the relationship we have with food in London through
art. artfromlondonmarkets
2015 Story collecting: Place and Proximity interactive Artist talk, as part of Open Art Spaces
2015: Story Collecting at 10 Grand Arcade, North Finchley x2
2006-9 Splat Messy Play: parent/carer and toddler art group using multi media recycled materials
2008 Art Week Artist: Massive junk modelling workshops with children 3 to 8, Parent group: Importance of Messy Play



The Art From London Markets Project

“It's worth waiting up all night for the moment when a pear is perfectly ripe."
John Sanderson, farmer's son and greengrocer and my grandfather.


In the beginning the purpose of the project was to create a kind of patience and space for searching for the beautiful in the every day.

So in the every day job of shopping for food for my family I have been looking for inspiration for my art work in the beauty of natural produce.  I am exploring colour and joy in nature in this some times grey city.  I am also playing with ideas about the relationship we have with food in our over consumerist culture.

My colour inspiration is various spanning medieval religious icons, and artists  from Caravaggio to Georgia O'Keefe to Matisse.

Each week I visit London Markets or small greengrocer's to buy produce to feed my family, as a social investigation I spend up to the INS statistic of £56, which was the average spend on food for a family of four in 2012. 

This has given rise to a series of questions relating in particular to our relationships with food and markets which has in turn led to the beginnings of community participatory events like this one to explore those relationships.

Blogging only once a week leaves me time to do the work and creates a series of deadlines to work and a regular way to share the project.

Within the body of work several themes have been explored, in the series “this work will change” non gold unstable guild used has an impermanence and changeability which reflects the transience of human stories and the perfection of the fruit.


Then in the series guilded in pure gold the preservation of memory and culture is explored, along with the central nature of fresh food within our lives with a nod to religious icons.


The prints explore both the repetitive nature of food stories and memories and how the same basic units can be rearranged to form new compositions, just as fading memories can become rearranged and still be meaningful.

You can find out more about the project at artfromlondonmarkets blogspot
  
Art Education
1997-2000 WMC Camden, Etching and life drawing courses
1998 St Martins CAD Short course Illustration
1995-7 Prof Ding Jiangxi Normal University, Traditional Chinese Painting, Southern School
1994 Chelsea CAD Short course Illustration
1984-1989 Hatfield Polytechnic BEd Hons Art and Design

Biography
After specialising in fins Art and Print making, Sarah Needham graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic in 1989 and went on to study Chinese traditional Art with Prof Ding of Jiangxi Normal University in China (1995-7). She also has Msc in Development Studies, and is interested in the impact of Economic development on health and in particular the impact of food markets globally on food security. In the past she has exhibited widely in London including in a group show at the Barbican. She recently returned to Art Practice after a break if several years bringing up children.