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Three year research project in a Basildon primary school, involving over 300 people; children, staff, parents and governors, leading to a promenade performance and book publication, Nest, illustrated by Talya Baldwin. 

Arts in Education: essay by Cleo Fagan, using NEST as a case- study; 'The Art of Not Knowing in Learning Environments: in praise of artist residencies in schools'


Pedagogic sound-work devised with National Trust volunteers at Calke Abbey, Derby. Five audio narratives devised for five audiences to explore the recently opened family apartments.

Teatro aplicado, compiled by Maria Fukelman, for Collection Ciencias Del Arte, includes an essay written by Dr Sally Mackay, with Sarah Cole, about NEST   ISBN: 978-987-3920-57-8

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Weekly Returns

Cartographies of Life and Death exhibition with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Five events in Soho devised in collaboration with Anne Eggebert, exploring the legacy of John Snow's research in to the spread of cholera, including a song, a psychic reading, a cartographers presentation at a swimming pool, and a booklet publication

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Half Thoughts

Learning research exploring access to Kettle's Yard, working with different audiences and materials - work included smashing plates, making pom-pom lemons, creating a 'rug' made of talcum powder and opening the door between the museum and the house, changing the flow between the museum and the gallery.

Horses for Courses

Developed out of a Lifelong Learning enquiry in West Bromwich, this body of work involved working as an Artist-in-Residence in George Salter Secondary School for a year.

During the initial project, the maths classroom became home for a horse to roam, staring wistfully out of the window and nibbling on the apple left on the teachers table.

The art teacher also featured in a video made with his judo club, exploring ideas of power, complicity and consent between combative partnerships.

Central Saint Martins: Jaywick Open

Since 2019, Sarah Cole has worked with artist Mark Storor to develop work in the seaside town of Jaywick, Essex. Funded by Essex Councty Council, the project has been delivered by Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. Mark Storor, students from the BA Fine Art and the MA Art & Science, have worked with many local people and organisations, including:

Jaywick Martello Tower, Essex Peddle Power, Inclusion Ventures, Jaywick Community and Resources Centre, Sandy's Farm, Sir Martin Frobisher Academy, The Never Say Die pub, Sun Yao Chinese takeaway, Dig 4 Jaywick Community Gardens, Jaywick Bee Keeping Society, The Feel Good Choir, The Jaywick Sands Walking Group, the Environment Agency, local artist Jane Stewart, musician David Brown and many more.

The Wondering

Image by Cole & Joslin

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The Usual - Mark Storor.  Photos by Stephen King 

The Gathering
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Image of work by Mark Storor, made with children aged 6-10 from Sir Martin Frobisher Academy, Jaywick. Photo: Tas Kyprianou

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The Usual - Danni Willis.  Photo by Stephen King

As a senior lecturer on the BA Fine Art, I also coordinate for all second year students to develop approaches to work and research in alternative contexts.


As Unit Leader for these projects, I manage up to twenty projects a year with partner hosts and artists, such as with Studio Wayne McGregor, Camden Arts Centre, the Petrie Museum, Wellcome, the National Gallery, Peckham Platform, the Warburg Institute, the British Museum and local primary schools. Here are some images from projects over the past ten years.

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