Sarah Chapman (b. 1970, London) lives and works in Plymouth, UK. She gained her MA at the University of Brighton and completed her PhD Puncturing the Silent: Painting Over the Found Photograph at the University of Plymouth in 2014.
Principally motivated by the photograph, her work is concerned with exploring the boundaries of the photographic medium, often combining drawing, paint, sculpture, text and more recently film. She has exhibited across the UK and published/presented on the history of artists intervening and disrupting the photographic surface, alongside writing on the importance of a liberal arts ethos within Higher Education.
As curator and director of Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, she has an interest in interdisciplinary art forms and works with artists to open up new perspectives across history and the contemporary. Projects include the internationally successful Moby-Dick Big Read (2012), Knowledge Museum Kit and News After News: Dan and Lia Perjovschi (2012), Searching for Genius: Douglas Gordon and Sir Joshua Reynolds (2016), and conceiving and launching the Plymouth Contemporary biennial (2015/2017). Forthcoming projects include The RIME, a group exhibition exploring the contemporary resonance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s major poem The Rime of The Ancient Mariner (2019).