Saltaire artist and art teacher, Sarah-Jane Mason, uses mixed media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and collage, to explore her personal reflections on life today. Sarah-Jane’s own artwork has been developed during her annual residencies at Cyprus College of Art in Lemba, in the Pafos District of Cyprus. She has written:
I am curious about materials and processes, nature and landscapes, people and the societies we live in, female roles and young people’s voices, politics, detritus, power, life stories and reflecting on my own personal experiences. As such my practice reflects these interests; combining the seemingly fragmented into interlinked narratives of contemporary life. These narratives are then explored through material choices, juxtaposing imagery, text, social commentary and quiet contemplation.
In addition to her own artwork, Sarah-Jane works with people of all ages in schools, colleges, and community venues. School based activity with younger pupils has included leading workshops on self-image and book-making projects; and in senior schools, art teaching to support students gain GGCSE and A level art qualifications. Sarah-Jane is also the founder of Next Generation Publications‘ committed to publishing work written by and for young people and children.
Community teaching includes: Artist Educator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and The Tetley; Work with local arts charities including ‘Skippko’ and ‘Space 2’; Tutor at Leeds College of Art and various community projects including work with ‘Anchor Care Homes’, ‘Marks & Spencer’s Archive’ and ‘Archway’.
Sarah-Jane gained an AVCE Art & Design at York College in 2002, leading to a BA Fine Art degree at the Liverpool John Moores University, where she graduated in 2005. Post-graduate studies included a teaching PGCE award, 2006, from Leeds University, and a Diploma Cipris, Fine Art, 2010, from Cyprus College of Art (equivalent to a UK Masters award).
Sarah-Jane’s work has been exhibited internationally in Cyprus as part of Pafos Capital of Culture 2017; France as part of The Larroque International Arts Festival; Czech Republic & The Hague with the artist collective ‘The Frozen Academy.’ In addition to numerous exhibitions in the UK including; Saltaire Arts Trail, Headingley Cardigan Triangle Arts Day and Grassington Festival as well as solo shows at The Bradford Playhouse, Milo and Projecto Gallery.
Artists website: Sarah-Jane Mason