Following a 10-year publishing career in London, Sarah joined Manchester International Festival (MIF) in 2011 and currently works as Creative Learning Manager. Passionate about community-led design, she produces cross art form participatory commissions that challenge, inspire and develop the communities of Greater Manchester.
Previous projects have included Punchdrunk’s first commission for young people The Crash of the Elysium; Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture with associated student workshops exploring motion capture; and Curing Albrecht, a short film inspired by Akram Khan’s Giselle, featuring a cast of young, local dancers, shot on location at Manchester’s Victoria Baths. Currently she is working with Underworld and Manchester residents (with lived experience of homelessness) on Manchester Street Poem, an artwork created over a week and documented 24hrs a day via CCTV. Sarah is a Trustee of Z-arts and sits on the Age-friendly Manchester Cultural Working Group, contributing to the development of work for and by older people, recently showcased by the live streaming of What is the City but the People? into a major retirement scheme in Ancoats.