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Professor Sarah Perks

Professor of Visual Art
Artistic Director HOME

Professor Sarah Perks

Sarah Perks is an international curator and producer with extensive experience of contemporary visual art, independent film and engagement. A specialist in artist film, performance and participatory art, Sarah has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Rosa Barba, Gillian Wearing and David Shrigley.

Sarah's curatorial credits include JAMIE SHOVLIN: HIKER MEAT, a major solo exhibition (Jan—April 2014) that included the new commission ROUGH CUT, an installation and feature length film, produced in partnership with Toronto International Film Festival and shown at 43rd Rotterdam International Film Festival. Sarah has also just curated Manchester based artist QASIM RIZA SHAHEEN: AUTOPORTRAITS IN LOVE-LIKE CONDITIONS and PLAYTIME, the final exhibition at Cornerhouse.

Opening in May 2015, Sarah co-curated THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, HOME's opening exhibition with long-term collaborator and HOME's senior visiting curator Omar Kholeif. The exhibitions includes new commissions by Jeremy Bailey, Declan Clarke and Jessey Tsang, alongside existing works from Douglas Coupland and Flaka Haliti.

Further recent curatorial credits also include award winning group show ANGUISH AND ENTHUSIASM: WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR REVOLUTION ONCE YOU'VE GOT IT? (curated with artist Declan Clarke, April 2013), Los Angeles performance and video artist STANYA KAHN: IT'S COOL I'M GOOD (with co-curator Henriette Huldsich, June 2012). Previous exhibitions curated by Sarah also include CONTEMPORARY ART IRAQ, RASHID RANA: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING AT ONCE, and exhibitions commissioned by Sarah include ARTUR ZMIJEWSKI, SUBVERSION (on Arabic identity), PROCESSION BY JEREMY DELLER, CLIFFORD OWENS: BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and DAVID SHRIGLEY: HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

In 2011, Sarah set up CORNERHOUSE ARTIST FILM (now HOME Artist Film), the UK's only specialist distributor of artist feature film, starting with the UK and Ireland theatrical release of SELF MADE, the directorial debut of Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing. In July 2012 the second theatrical release was Andrew K÷tting and Iain Sinclair's SWANDOWN, followed by online distribution and a dual edition DVD and Blu-ray.

Sarah produced Rosa Barba's first major 35mm long form film commission SUBCONSCIOUS SOCIETY, a co-commission with Turner Contemporary (Margate), presented at Berlin Biennial (May – July 2014), and as a performance at Performa 13 in New York (November 2013). Further HOME Artist Film releases include Bob and Roberta Smith's THE ART PARTY! (Aug 2014) and films by Jamie Shovlin and Declan Clarke.

Sarah has previously lectured at a number of universities, and led courses such as An Introduction to Art and Politics and What Makes a Contemporary Visual Artist? Sarah is currently preparing a research proposal with Professor Jackie Stacey (University of Manchester) called 'Crossing Over with Tilda Swinton.' Sarah's most recent publication is TRANSACTIONS OF DESIRE (May 2015, Cornerhouse Publishing).

In 2013, Sarah co-edited a special edition of Film International on film noir involving a range of artists, filmmakers and writers and is currently developing a book on artist feature film. Sarah has led over 50 post-screening Q&As with many leading filmmakers and artists including Chris Morris and Steve McQueen. In 2009, Sarah was a British Council Creative Entrepreneur finalist for Visual Arts and is on the advisory boards of London based artist led space and Troms° Kunstforening, Norway.


Sarah Perks is a member of the Asian Cultures Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Daniels, C. Perks, S., 2015. Inside Out, K11 Arts Foundation, Wuhan, China, 26th March - 31st May 2015.


Daniels, C. Perks, S., 2015. 'EIGHT (Opening of British Consulate in Wuhan, China; commissioned by British Council, HOME and Brighter Sound)', K11 Arts Foundation and VOX Livehouse, Wuhan, China, 24th and 26th March 2015.