Recorded 7 May 2020
Sarah Perks is an international curator and writer, currently Professor of MIMA School of Art & Design, Middlesbrough, UK. Sarah’s practice looks at interdisciplinary curation, with a focus on socially and politically engaged contemporary visual art and the moving image.
Sarah is currently developing a number of major new curatorial projects, alongside consultancy, academia and writing. She is chair of Asia Triennial Manchester and Islington Mill Foundation (Salford) and a trustee of Alchemy Film & Arts. Her latest publication is Artist Moving Image in Britain since 1989, co-edited with Erika Balsom and Lucy Reynolds (Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Studies and Yale University Press). She was previously Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art and Artistic Director at HOME Manchester. Prior to this, she was Artistic Director at the legendary Cornerhouse (2009-2015), pioneering new approaches to participatory and cross art form work.
Through establishing HOME Publishing, she has commissioned, co-edited and contributed to over twelve books, alternative exhibition guides which blend artists’ and short fiction commissioned internationally from writers including Douglas Coupland, Heather Phillipson and Jackie Kay. Sarah’s recent short stories include The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2015), Fannie & Zora (2016) and Three Stories (2017), and she is currently completing her first novel adapted from a short piece in AL and AL’s Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse (Hayward Publishing).
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