Sarah Boris is an artist and designer. In 2015, she set up her eponymous art & design studio. Her work has since been exhibited at the Design Museum, London and acquired by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the New York Centre of Book Arts; contemporary art collections in France such as FRAC Normandie Rouen. She has self-published, designed and edited several books such as ‘Global Warming Anyone’ and ‘Le Théâtre Graphique’ both now part of artists book collection.
Her book 'Le Théâtre Graphique' which is a large flip book is surely one of her most iconic artworks and a clear demonstration of her multi-faceted approach. The book defies genres and can be classified as an artist book or even a children's book.
Other memorable artworks include her ‘Fragile UK’ flag, a union jack made with FRAGILE tape applied onto a royal blue cloth and more recently paper or her rainbow coloured letterpress print, a word play artwork titled 'Subverting the Rainbow'. Her artworks oscillate between pop art, op art and concrete poetry.
Sarah's latest public art commission has seen her create heart shaped benches made of stone and wood exhibited in the castle town of Saumur (France) which she hopes to see manufactured in the future and installed in a public space in the future. She is also hoping to do more public art in the future.
Solo exhibitions include 'Une Saison Graphique' in Le Havre, and Process Space at Ambit Gallery in London. Her theatrical and performative solo exhibition in Le Havre was filmed and featured on Arte TV. Each of her exhibitions include participative elements where she invites the visitor to meet and interact. Through this, she questions and challenges how art and design can be exhibited. Group exhibitions include: ‘Reverting to Type 2020: Protest Posters’, ‘Man Made Disaster: How Patriarchy is Ruining the Planet’, 'Change Everything' and 'Hope to Nope' to name a few.
Prior to setting up her studio, between 2005 and 2015, Sarah worked as a designer and art director for some of the UK’s leading cultural and publishing institutions including the Phaidon Press, ICA, Barbican. Notable projects during that time include the rebrand of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the bestselling monograph ‘JR: Can Art Change the World’.
She was an associate lecturer at University of the Arts and studio curator at The School of Art, Architecture and Design, London. She regularly lectures at universities across the UK and Europe and has spoken at festivals such as Design Manchester Festival, Birmingham Design Festival, Kyoorius Design Yatra (India), Breda Design Festival (Netherlands) as well as being a guest speaker at Typocircle, It's Nice That Nicer Tuesdays. She has been interviewed on various podcasts such as Creative Boom, Monotype's Creative Characters.
She has judged numerous awards such as D&AD, Design Week Awards, Best British Book Awards, Art Directors Club Paris Awards. She has also been the judge president for D&AD Professional Awards.
A journey in art and design: in an age where digital and AI are omni-present, Sarah will talk us through her journey from working in the arts to making artworks, presenting an analog and physical range of works.