I have lived in Leicester since becoming a member of Leicester Print Workshop in 1991.
I live in the city centre and my work is about the world around me.. ….my city, my garden, my allotments all provide constant source of inspiration and interest.
A long term and continuing series of linocuts is about the buildings in Leicester (to date over 50 images) – looking at my city through its architecture, about how places are shaped by the people who live, work and pass through them and in turn contribute to a sense of place, pride and home.
In 2012 /13 I was awarded a Leverhulme Artist in Residence award with the University of Leicester. Working with the Centre for Urban History I made a series of works about Leicester’s industrial buildings focussing on the City’s manufacturing past – the rise, fall and re-invention of a city scape.
During 2018/19 I have been one of three Artists in Residence at Launde Abbey in Rutland – creating a body of work about the building and the ancient woodland around it – for exhibition at the Abbey to mark its 900 year anniversary.
Recent commissions include two pieces of work for the collection of Abington Park Museum, Northampton to mark the re-launch of the Museum (2018), tea labels for Fortnum and Mason, and cover images for Candlestick Press.
For more information about Sarah, visit her website. www.sarahkirby.co.uk