Sarah Jane Ross BW2Sarah Jane Ross CertHE BA (Hons) 

Lives and works in Bridport, West Dorset (since late 2014.)

Inspired by environment, materials, textures and form. Drawn to the industrial (plaster, wood, metal and concrete) with a playful, often destructive, twist and underlying narrative.

Time spent in the workshop at Grasmere, Asker Gardens, involves experimenting and a “Wonder what will happen if I…” approach.

Education

Studied with the University of the Creative Arts, the University of Exeter and The Art Institute, London.

Background 

“I have what is nowadays called a ‘portfolio career’. An early roots background in publishing led to running my own consultancy business (PR, editorial and graphic design) at the age of 27.

During my time working on magazines, it became apparent that it would be useful to be self-reliant for photographs on occasion, so I embarked on studying photography. Subsequently, I worked as a dog photographer, also photographing events and the occasional wedding.

In terms of Visual Arts, I gained experience working at South Hill Park Arts Centre’s Gallery (Bracknell, Berkshire) and also running after-school arts and crafts in Berkshire.

Since moving to Bridport, as well as my own practice, I work as a community artist, delivering art sessions to 20 Care Homes and Day Centres across the West Dorset area.  Encouraging others to explore their creativity is an incredibly rewarding and inspiring adventure. 

Throughout all these roles I have worked on my own visual arts practice, influenced by my experiences in graphic design, photography and more recently, visual arts. I continue to do this through education, self-study and play!”

Exhibitions 

Bridport Sculpture Trail 2020 – 2021, ‘Sea Breeze Blocks’ installed as a piece of public art, along the Bridport Green Route (Gundry Pond, River Brit).

‘Natural Forms’ at The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate (August 2020)

Black Swan Arts Open 2019, Frome (17 October – 16 November 2019)

Bridport Open Studios: at Grasmere, Asker Gardens (7 – 15 September 2019).

‘Turner Un-SEA-n’ at Bridport Arts Centre (August – October 2019)

Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (July and August 2019).

‘The Museum of Objects that Don’t Stand Still’ participatory exhibition at Tate Modern, London (May 2019).

The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (April 2019).

Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (August 2018).

The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (March 2018).

Brittany Ferries’ ship, Barfleur (Poole to Cherbourg crossing). One of 15 Dorset artists to be selected (from over 100) to have work displayed aboard the cross-channel ferry. An Arts Development Company initiative (January and February 2018).

Drimpton Village Hall: Beaminster School 6th Form Photography Exhibition. Delivered mixed media workshop in collaborative project (October 2017).

Bridport Open Studios: at Grasmere, Asker Gardens (September 2017).

Bridport Arts Centre: ‘Exploring Bridport’s Art Studios’ part of Bridport Open Studios, (August – September 2017).

Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (August 2017).

The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (March 2017).

‘The Creative Mind’ Exhibition, Bridport (February 2017).

Exhibited in Crowthorne and Sandhurst, Berkshire (2012 – 2013).

Outside: Inside (Reading, Berkshire), “Grandad’s Shop” a large scale installation in an empty shop in the town centre of Reading, 2011.