Curriculum vitae


Born Ramsgate (née Wicks)

Studio at Limbo,  Margate (

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2017 Associate, Open School East

1984-87 BA (Hons) Norwich School of Art

1983-84 Foundation Course, Canterbury School of Art 

2020 projects

The Search for Shuart, walk/performance to Reculver, commissioned by Crate, Margate, March

Island: edition for Swapart Editions/Skelf, curated by Robin Tarbet, with show at Creekside, Deptford, March

A Gathering of Flowers, collaborative project with Well Projects/East Kent Mencap, with exhibition in March 

Duplicators! Daphne Oram Building, Canterbury Christ Church University, on line April

Residency by Correspondence with Jessie Pangas, Arts Territory Exchange (ongoing)

Recce-residency and artist talk at Château de Sacy, France prior to funded residency 2021

Through a Different Lens, co-ordinated by Elspeth Penfold for the Margate Bookie and MargateNOW festival, September 

Terra Nexus, curated by Gabriella Sonabend, Proposition Studios, London, October

Lomea as part of the Sum Poasyum! Canterbury Christ Church University/Canterbury Festival, October

Open Water curated by Theo Shields, Oriel Croesor, Wales new date tbc

2019 exhibitions/projects

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

Bolster Playground, Alternative Art School Weekender, hosted by TOMA at Ugly Duck,  London 

BABE, Arnolfini, Bristol

Talkie-Walkie Walkie-Talkie, Frûctose, Dunkerque, France

Summer Camp, residency at Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Art in Romney Marsh, commissioned performance with Jane Bravery at Newchurch 

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

Bring Up The Boat, commission for Margate "Now" Festival, Margate main sands

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

Madame Sosostris Society: Rosalie Schweiker card reading project at Turner Contemporary for Journeys with The Waste Land

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

Knots and Lists, TOMA Project Space, Southend: then Arcade, Cardiff

Deer Lines with Athelstan Sound, Resort Studios, Margate

Pass It On, Crate, Margate: Jo Murray, Dipesh Pandya, Jay Rechsteiner, Heather Tait and Sara Trillo

Crate Conversations: Domino, 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 RamosLuebbert

The Ghost Tide, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London 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 Well, exhibition, OSE/Pettmans Building, Margate (Quest)

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)

Incomers Tour: with Sally O’ Reilly, Lido, Margate (sound piece “The Cave”: also worked with Chloe Ashley creating a  performative excavation of her piece PS on the Lido raised beach)

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

Guest Projects: OSE residency as part of Alternative Art Schools programme (group installation)

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

Recent awards/commissions/residencies

2020 awarded funded residency, Château de Sacy, France (postponed until 2021)

2020 Arts Council England emergency funding 

2019 Margate "Now" Festival commission

2019 expanded bursary for Summer Camp residency, Eastside Projects

2019  Art in Romney Marsh commission (collaboration with Jane Bravery)

2019 nominated for The Drawing Room Bursary Award 2019-runner up

2019, 2018 PEATS funded residency at Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus researching foreshore archaeology

2018 Artists Newsletter bursary

2018 Arnis Residency, Arnis, Germany, selected by Cristina Ramos and Christian Luebbert

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, Canterbury

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.