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Sarah Scarsbrook

Sarah Scarsbrook is an artist, arts manager and lecturer. She graduated from Kingston University in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art, and an MA in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck in 2011. She is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate at Birkbeck whose working thesis title is The Professionalisation of Visual Arts Practice in the UK since the mid 1980s. Sarah has worked across many of London’s arts and cultural  organisations in the private and public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including the Saatchi Gallery, V22, the ICA and the Barbican. Sarah also has seven years experience in the London arts marketing scene, where she has worked as a freelance marketing manager building bespoke campaigns for a wide variety of London's arts and cultural organisations. She brings this industry knowledge to her teaching on the MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, where she lectures on the Marketing Strategies and Planning, and Cultural Policy modules.

Sarah's research interests in the arts are focused on the effects that cultural policy, the creative industries and education have upon visual artists and the world they inhabit, from becoming to being, and unbecoming states of artisthood. Her MA thesis, The Importance of the Artist Community in Contemporary Urban Planning, led her to explore the conglomeration of artists living and working in Hackney Wick in East london, at the time one of the largest groupings of its kind in the world. The research generated from this took her across Europe to talk on the issue of artists and regeneration and gentrification, taking the discussion to dOCUMENTA 13, and This is Not a Gateway. The research also fed into Sarah's practice and the making of the film essay [wikiwahwah]. Sarah's art making takes on themes that emerge from and are interrelated with her research across a range of mediums, as well as work which is hinged on notions of identity, authorship, serendipity and duration. Sarah regularly exhibits her artwork and presents on related topics in London and across Europe.