Sara Heywood a research-based visual artist based in East London, UK. Her practice incorporates installation, digital and analogue photography, sculpture, light, sound, and video. Intrinsic to the work is a collaborative dialogue between people and place, the layers that make up the identity of a given site, and the point where natural and manmade environments and materials converge or butt up against and impact one another.
Works start with a period of in-depth research and development. This often includes exploring heritage archives, social and personal narratives, analysing specific ecologies and built environments, before responding with the most appropriate media.
Intrinsic to her work is collaboration with others - artists, designers, scientists, or subject specialists, and the creation of an immersive and participatory experience. This is often playful in nature and incorporates engaging key local groups. This might take the form of interviews with local residents, such as 'Reflections on Home', Roehampton, where she worked with over 300 residents and local people to create a series of walking and sound interventions, or hands on workshops, events, or interactions with wider community.
Sara is also an experienced lead artist facilitator in visual arts education. She has worked on many projects within school, community and gallery settings including Barbican Centre, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Cubitt Arts, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.