Sarah-Jane is a specialist in mixed media approaches to creating and learning with the foundations of her practice rooted in painting, drawing and sculpture. She is passionate about the importance of creativity for everyone and as such places an equal importance on both her roles as a creative educator and a practicing artist.
Currently Sarah-Jane splits her time between the UK and Lanzarote. In the UK she works as an Artist Educator for spaces such as Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and also for Arts charities such as Skippko. She is also involved in carnival arts in the UK through the fiercely inspiring AnonyMas troupe and The AAA Team, both based in Leeds.
In Lanzarote, she is working with Land Artist and Jewellery Maker Simon Turner to set up a hub for creative practices and international cultural exchange. The hub, called The Lacuna Studios, has been inspired by the Cyprus College of Art in Lemba and aims to provide a creative space for all free of restrictions, commitments and hierarchies. To find out more about The Lacuna Studios and follow our progress please visit us on Facebook or at The Lacuna Studios website.
In addition, Simon and Sarah-Jane launched Festival de Arte Lanzarote in 2019, an annual event including a contemporary, international art exhibition formed from an open call for Creatives (of all genres) from around the world. The festival continues to grow and you can find up to date information on the Lacuna Festivals website.
For more information about Sarah-Jane, please visit her website at: http://www.sarahjanemason.com
Seminar One Provocation: Lacuna Festivals’ Engagement with Difference
Abstract: Lacuna Festivals (we/our) was founded in Lanzarote in 2019 as a festival run by and for practising, contemporary artists. The ethos of the festival is that there is an intrinsic value in art that transcends differences and goes beyond its perceived monetary worth. The principle of equal opportunities for artists regardless of differentials is one our core beliefs and it is this founding principle that ensures encounters with the other are simply part and parcel of the festival experience. In the context of the festival, difference, or otherness, relates to differentials of any kind, whether delineated and defined by systemic or rational principles or arbitrary ideas. In my provocation, I talk about how artistic processes and practices support the idea of engaging with difference.
Read Sarah-Jane’s provocation in full here.