Curriculum vitae

Born Ramsgate (née Wicks)

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studio at Limbo, Margate (



2017 Associate, Open School East, Margate

1984-87 BA (Hons) Norwich School of Art

1983-84 Foundation Course, Canterbury School of Art


2022 confirmed projects

Deer Lines, 3 processional walks across Thanet funded with 1927 Bursary, March-June 

The Leat, research residency at Looe, Cornwall, April


2021 projects

Terra Nexus 2, Proposition Studios (South Bank), London

Precarious Straits, part of Estuary festival, Southend-on-Sea

The Mitre Owl curated by David Orme and Joanna Whittle, Arcade Gallery, Sheffield

Un-Boxing, touring show of ATE collaborations, various venues, UK, France, Denmark

Lunar, Brewery Tap, Folkestone, for Folkestone Triennial Fringe

Touche du Bois, residency and exhibition at Château de Sacy, France, June/September

Sunken Ecologies, curated by Anna Colin, commission for MargateNow, September

Turner Contemporary Open Exhibition, Turner Contemporary, Margate, October

2020 projects

The Search for Shuart, walk /ongoing research, commissioned by Crate, Margate

Island: edition for SwapArt Editions curated by Robin Tarbet, with online exhibition at Skelf ( and physical show at Creekside, Deptford

A Gathering of Flowers, collaborative project with Well Projects, Margate 

Duplicators! Daphne Oram Building, Canterbury Christ Church University

Mini-residency at Château de Sacy, France, in preparation for funded residency 2021.

Art Licks Tele: 12 Catarina de Oliveira, Boris Steiner, Sara Trillo, edited by Holly Willats

Through a Different Lens, Margate Bookie/Margate Festival 

Terra Nexus 1, Proposition Studios (Bermondsey), London

Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit, digital presentation for Sum Poasyum, CCU, Canterbury

Arts Territory Exchange collaboration with Jessie Pangas, ongoing, digital outcome tbc.

ACE emergency funding awarded May 2020 

2019 exhibitions/projects

Fire_Sand_Stone, artists talk/pop up exhibition/publication launch, Well Projects, Margate.

Bolster Playground, Alternative Art School Weekender, Ugly Duck, London. 

BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol.

Talkie-Walkie Walkie-Talkie, Frûctose, Dunkerque, France: funded residency and exhibition.

Summer Camp, Eastside Projects, Birmingham.

The Rushbearing Procession commissioned performance with Jane Bravery for Art in Romney Marsh at Newchurch, Romney Marsh.

After Bauhaus, Herbert Read Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.

Bring Up The Boat, commission for MargateNow, public performance, Margate beach.

Anna Perach and Sara Trillo at Limbo, Margate as part of "Plus One" programme.

Pets, TOMA project space, Southend, Essex.

2018 exhibitions/projects

At the Violet Hour, Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate (collaborative installation with Chloe Ashley), curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp.

Nothing to Nothing residency, Limbo, Margate, curated by Claire Orme and Sophie Dixon.

Why do you never speak? Horsebridge, Whitstable, curated by Mirka Kotulicova.

The Ash Archive, touring throughout Kent.

Deer Lines with Athelstan Sound, Resort Studios, Margate.

Pass It On, Crate, Margate

Contributor to Crowd Show Artists Book, Sarah Taylor Silverwood, NN Contemporary, Northampton.

The Current is Coming Towards Us, Diana Duta, Sophie Mackfall, SaraTrillo: Arnis Residency 2018, Arnis, Germany, curated by Cristina Ramos and Christian Luebbert.

The Ghost Tide, Thames-Side Studios, curated by Monika Bobinska and Sarah Sparkes.

Hell, it's Us, Gavin Toye and Sara Trillo, Limbo, Margate.

Local Anywhere, Sluice HQ, Hackney, London.

Collaborative work with Open School East 2017

The Nightingale with Matthew Darbyshire, OSE, Margate (group performance/installation/workshop). 

Guest Projects: OSE residency as part of Alternative Art Schools programme (group installation: made the Excavation Table).

Be Magnificent: OSE at William Morris Gallery for Create, London (group performance).

Incomers Tour curated by Sally O’ Reilly, Lido, Margate (sound piece “The Cave”: also collaborated with Chloe Ashley creating a performative excavation “PS (Psammite)” on the Lido raised beach).

Spelunking with Benedict Drew: at Turner Contemporary, Margate (The Handling Collection, performance with Emma Gibson and Chloe Ashley): at OSE (Stalagmites/Stalactites workshop with Chloe Ashley): and Subterranean Worlds at OSE for Margate Festival (Making Stalagmites workshop with Chloe Ashley).

The Well, exhibition, OSE/Pettmans Building, Margate: exhibition of “Quest” and public readings.


Recent funded research/residencies

2019 Summer Camp, Eastside Projects Bursary funded residency, Birmingham

2019 nominated for The Drawing Room (London) Bursary Award 2019 (runner up) 

2019, 2018 PEATS funded residencies at Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus 

2018 Artists Newsletter research bursary

2017 PEATS funded residency in Sultanhisar, Turkey studying ebru (paper marbling)

2016 Localism and Legacy, ACE funded archive commission for the Fleur de Lys Museum, Faversham

2016 On Margate Sands, Turner Contemporary/Tate Britain Digital Archives project

2016 Cardboard Canterbury, homelessness commission for The Beaney, Canterbury in conjunction with the Homeless Film Festival, Manchester

2015 The Tea Trolley Laboratory, (joint project with Amanda Thesiger): initial research commission from Ideas Test, working with diverse venues since October 2015.

2015 The Beaney Broadsheet, library and museum collections commission/residency for The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbur

Work in curated exhibitions/projects between 2017 and 1990 includes:

Dry Run, Heather Tait and Sara Trillo, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, Margate 2017

Fill me up, Limbo, Margate 2017

BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol 2017

Artists Book Fair, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 2016

Ko-ax , Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood 2016, curated by Alice Patullo

Artists Book Fair, Baltic, Gateshead 2016

 “Localism and Legacy”, Fleur de Lys Museum/Arts Council England archives commission, Faversham 2016

BABE, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 2015

Myths, Maps and Monsters, Rose St Cottage of Curiosity, Sheerness 2015

Art Car Boot Fair Margate Edition at Turner Contemporary 2015

“Doesn’t Look like a Book”, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead 2015

Curiovan: Explorium of Natural Wonderment: first prize winner (selected by artist Richard Wilson) for Matchbox Microcosms touring England 2014

F…Off Poster Factory, UCA, Canterbury 2014

“Curiosity Acquired”, Visual Arts Space, Scunthorpe, February 2013

 “Fabulous Books Fantastic Places”, The Baltic, Gateshead, June 2013

The Open West, site specific pieces for Newark Park, July 2013: then touring to The Wilson, Cheltenham, October 2013

London Art Book Fair (solo stand), Whitechapel Gallery, September 2013

Sheffield Artists Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, October 2013

 Manchester Artists Book Fair, Manchester School of Art, October 2013

Whitechapel Book Fair (UCA stand), Whitechapel Gallery, London 2011, 2010

“Kiss-me-quick”, Air Space Gallery, Stoke on Trent 2011

“Fludde”, Drill Hall, Faversham 2011

commissioned piece for St Mary in the Marsh, curated by Angela Kingston, Art in Romney Marsh, 2010

Generate, Turner Contemporary, Margate 2010/2009/2008/2007: four year research project by UCA lecturers exploring the impact of parenthood on creativity

Ko-ax, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood 2007

“Arch”, Hoo Peninsula, Kent 2007, curated by Tim Meacham and Päivi Seppälä

LAB Fair 07, ICA, London 2007

Pines Calyx, Pines Garden, St. Margaret’s Bay: Elephant Trust funded installation 2006

Joint exhibition with Susan Cutts at County Hall, Maidstone 2004

“Mossycoat” commissioned for the Fleur de Lys Gallery, Faversham 2003

 “Pathways of Discovery” river installations commissioned for Canterbury Festival 2002 with David Parfitt

Galerie Claude Andre, Brussels 2000

“Synergy”, Municipal Gallery, Roeselare, Belgium, 2000

“Passing Tales”, Palazzo Pretoria, Certaldo, Italy/Royal Museum, Canterbury 2000

Galerij de Witte Beer, Bruges 1998

“Coasting” solo touring show to venues around rural Kent 1997

Contemporary Art Society Art Market at the Royal Festival Hall 1994, 95, 96, 97; at the Smiths Galleries 1990,91,92,93

Galerie Arth a See, Switzerland 1994

Royal Overseas League Open Exhibition 1990, 91, 94

“Books of Life” Galerie Arcana, Montpellier/ Canterbury 1993/94

The London Group, Barbican Centre 1992/93

RSA, London 1993

Gainsborough House, Sudbury 1993

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham touring exhibition to rural venues around Birmingham 1991/92

Previous awards include Arts Council Research Grant/Elephant Trust/Prince's Trust/Hellenic Foundation 

Past residencies include Artist in Residence at Richborough Castle (ACE/English Heritage funded), Artist in Residence in the village of Bobbing (Swale Pride of Place/ACE funded), residencies in Barham, Minster-in -Thanet, St. Nicholas School Canterbury, Delce, and Balfour  primary schools funded by ACE artist-in-residence schemes.

Work in numerous private collections and public collections in the UK and abroad.