Archive of Author | Sarah Craske

Sarah Craske is an award winning British artist, without category, now working at the intersection of Art, Science & Technology.

She is currently developing a transdisciplinary manifesto which she uses to govern her own practice. She is specifically interested in exploring how the concept of knowledge & data, practice & space, language & method, equipment & materials transform through transdisciplinary working and is developing the transdiscipline – Biological Hermeneutics. In 2017, a speculative presentation of this discipline was site specifically installed at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, UK.

Her work always starts with a question, which is then explored beyond disciplinary boundaries. The results manifest themselves as either research, writing, installations, performances or sculpture using a range of media including archival material, bacteria, fungi, lichens, DNA, resins & collected specimens. Sarah’s pioneering work has recently been recognised by Biofaction, who awarded her a residency in which she immersed herself within the scientific research of the international Synpeptide team, who are studying the potential and role of peptides in the broader fight against antibiotic resistance (Basel, Switzerland).

In 2016, Sarah was awarded the NOVA Award for her collaborative work with Dr Simon Park. Selected from 1300 artists, “The awards recognise & showcase the freshest new creative talent & aim to spot the next creative stars of the future by recognising & celebrating the innovators and risk takers”. The work chosen “represents truly original creative thinking and execution, with an emphasis on craft, skill & exceptional accomplishment”. In 2014, her research in collaboration with Prof. Charlotte Sleigh and Dr Simon Park, was awarded an AHRC Science In Culture Innovation Award, in recognition of her innovative contribution to collaborative inter-relationships between the sciences, arts & humanities.

Currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Centre for the History of the Sciences at the University of Kent, she has also recently completed through Coursera and Johns Hopkins University an ’Introduction to Genomic Technologies – Genomic Data Science Specialization’ & received an MA in Art & Science with distinction, at Central St Martins as part of University of the Arts London, for which she also received a Vice Chancellor Scholarship.

She has been appointed to the Science & Arts Section of the British Science Association and contributed to a panel discussion at The British Science Festival in 2016 – Cross fertilisation: new landscapes in science and the arts. She is also Head of Lichen Hunting, at The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

She is director of SPACER, a transdisciplinary art studio for sustainable creative practice.

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Articles with Sarah Craske


In 2017, artist Sarah Craske has been in the depths of a synthetic biology lab, working in the Bioprocess Laboratory (BPL), ETH Zürich in Basel, Switzerland as part of the Biofaction Artist in Residence programme. She had been invited to work alongside research scientists and bioengineers who had participated in the research project SYNPEPTIDE. This 4-year programme aimed to design new peptides that could stop bacterial cell function, with the hope to find potentially new antibiotics as part of the broader fight against antibiotic resistance.

Metamorphoses in Art & Science

In 2010, bio-artist Sarah Craske stumbled upon a very early English translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in an East Kent junk shop. It dated from 1735, and in its nearly 300 years of existence it had passed from reader to reader, picking up layers of biological history (bacteria, viruses, skin cells). Uncovering the invisible from its pages, Metamorphoses in Art & Science develops shared ways of working in new & emerging fields, through the collaborative inter-relationships between the sciences, arts & humanities.