sarah bennett




March 23rd - July 7th 2024

Hestercombe Gallery
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, TA2 8LG

The exhibition reflects on a decade of making and showing through the work of over twenty artists. Showcasing some of the contemporary artworks acquired for the Hestercombe House and Gardens Collection, now a UK accredited museum, alongside new and recent works by other artists that have previously shown at Hestercombe. Decennium features diverse landscape themes through a range of media including film, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and collage.


Artists featured in Decennium include:
Tania Kovats, Helen Sear, Simon Faithfull, Alex Hartley,
Mariele Neudecker, Philippa Lawrence, Sarah Bennett,
Trish Morrissey, Susan Derges, John Newling, Feral Practice,
Brendan Barry, Sophy Rickett, Liz Nicol, Jo Lathwood,
Lucy Soni, Fiona Hingston, Simon Bayliss, Rebecca Partridge,
Megan Calver and Gabrielle Hoad.

Udinestate - 7^ edizione L’Arte Non Mente

July 1st - July 23rd 2022

Safe-keeping (Custodia) has been installed as part of this exhibition:

'L’opera: Safe-keeping (Custodia) è un’installazione in cui l’artista intreccia quattro videosequenze che esplorano il potenziale affettivo di fagotti contenenti gli effetti personali dei pazienti psichiatrici dell’ex ospedale Santa Maria della Pietà di Roma. Lavorando su delle riproduzioni, attraverso interventi performativi, embodied actions, l’artista restituisce l’intensità e la ripetitività dell’interazione con i fagotti, sottolineata dalla circolarità di ogni video'

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Safe-keeping (Custodia), installation by Sarah Bennett
at the Museo Laboratorio
della Mente al Parco Ssnt'Osvaldo,
Udine, L'Arte non Mente, Italy

Capacity does not explain but cultivates a September garden
We Are Publication (2022):

Modes of collage have been a central preoccupation for the artists group We Are Publication (WAP). In 2020, its participants set out to cultivate an artwork ‘grown’ from several discreet constituents. To that end, WAP drew on contemporary American poet Rosemarie Waldrop’s recent appellation ‘gap gardening’ to suggest that the placement of words (and plants) generates intermedial zones of transformation and potential.

Initially, visual and textual ‘seedlings’ were ‘planted’ in the form of a custom-produced newspaper sent to WAP’s participants during a period of national lockdown. Repeated physical engagement with this newsprint composite gave rise to the ‘September Garden’, a nascent domain that, in its first season, took the form of ‘plots’ comprising collages and textual assemblages. This productive terrain was then replanted, cut back, and otherwise tended to, before being presented online in its second season as the moving-image work Placement does not explain, but cultivates a September garden.

For the Whitstable Biennale 2022, WAP’s experiment in jointly conducted research / speculative publishing returns to its newsprint origins as a new paper edition that includes additional material drawn from WAP’s extended network.

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We Are Publication poster

We Are Publication:
Jonathan Allen
Rachel Cattle
Jenna Collins (edit and layout)
Volker Eichelmann
John Hughes
Christian Newby
Andrea Stokes

Centrefold supplement:
Bill Balaskas
Sarah Bennett
Institute for Arborphilia, Animals and Aesthetics /
Eva-Retzdorff-Garten (Antonia Ulrich and Ingo Voigt)
Jarrett Erasmus
Simone Heymans
Maureen de Jager
Raphaela Linders
Paulina Michnowska
Hodan Omar Elmi
Nydia Swaby
Mónica Rivas Velásquez
Mark Aerial Waller

Supplement edit: Christian Newby
Supplement layout: Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau

image of the book for Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre

Bummock: Art and Archives Discussion and Book Launch

The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP

This event takes the current Collection exhibition Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre as a starting point for a wider discussion on artists working with and in archives. A catalyst for discussion centred around a presentation by Sue Breakell, Archive Director at the University of Brighton Design Archives, based on her essay titled ‘I am a part of all that I have met’: Dressing and Metamorphosis in the archive in the recently published book that accompanies the Bummock exhibition.

For more information about Bummock please visit:

Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier - image from Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre
Photo: Reece Straw     
Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre: exhibition notice 2022

Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre

September 11th - 31st October 2021; Mon to Sat 10am-5pm; Sun & Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

Hub: a National Centre for Craft and Design, Ground Floor Gallery, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW

Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier have spent the last four years on a residency at the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln. The project focuses on the unseen or lesser-known parts of the archive (i.e. the ‘bummock’) such as content concerning his wider family, as catalysts for the creation of new artworks.

Three large works were originally shown as temporary public artworks on banners on the Ridges & Furrows heritage trail in the village of Waddington in 2019. These are shown in the gallery, alongside new artworks and vitrine displays that give insight into the working processes of each of the artists.

Further artworks and the archival objects from the Tennyson Research Centre will be shown at The Collection Museum, Lincoln from the 8th January – 20th February 2022.

Sarah Bennett: Installation view of Bound and Scorn (2021)
Installation view of Bound and Scorn (2021)

sound work:
Green Moss
(Dur. 6 mins 33 seconds)

The words and ideas in Green Moss emerged as I was running my regular 5 kilometres during the early days of the pandemic in 2020. The work was made in response to an invitation to contribute to Clouds and Tracks: 'an audio project that seeks to collate sound works to reflect the strange and unsettling times we’re living through', curated by Volker Eichelmann and John Hughes, Kingston School of Art.

Green Moss was broadcast as part of Clouds and Tracks collation of sound works, by Radiophrenia on 14th November 2020.

For more information and to hear this work, visit the Green Moss page.



See Hestercombe website:
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, TA2 8LG

Bane (2020) is a new work made for Open-Up - a series of outdoor works for Hestercombe commissioned by Art Director Tim Martin as we emerge from lockdown, during the Covid-19 pandemic that 'reflect on these unprecedented times'.

Bane features pathogenic designations - be they fungal, bacterial, viral or parasitic - punched onto copper plant tags and placed throughout the three historic gardens, and devised through conversations with Head Gardener: Claire Greenslade.

Copper’s significance lies in its antimicrobial properties and potential applications - copper infused masks, and copper alloys being used in medical settings.

Artists featured in Open-Up are Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver with Gabriella Hoad, Jon England, Jo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.

Sarah Bennett - Bane: Diplocarpon rosae (2020)
Bane: Diplocarpon rosae (2020), Copper
Sarah Bennett - Bane: Pseudomonas syringae PV delphinii (2020)
Bane: Pseudomonas syringae PV delphinii (2020), Copper
for more visit the Bane page

The (NotSo) Short Fest

December 7, 2020 –
February 21, 2021

The (NotSo) Short Fest is a 5-hour collection of video shorts created by Transart Institute’s MFA students, faculty and advisors from around the globe.

Conceived, compiled, and curated by Jean Marie Casbarian (faculty + advisor), the festival celebrates the creative
minds of these international artists over the span of 16 years since the inception of this unique, international low-residency MFA and PHD program.

Safe-keeping (custodia), (2014)
by Sarah Bennett
is being shown as part of Chapter 1
Sarah Bennett at The (NotSo) Short Fest: festival image

Enough is Definitely Enough

Private view:

6-9pm, all welcome
Pineapple Black, Hillstreet Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SU

Oceans Apart,
24-26 King St,
Greengate, Salford,
Manchester M3 7DG

General Practice,
25 Clasketgate, Lincoln,

Over 40 contemporary artists have made new artworks in response to a postcard version of Velázquez’s masterpiece, Las Meninas for an exhibition at Oceans Apart in Salford. ‘Enough is Definitely Enough’ which opens on 7th March and runs to 3rd April, features a huge variety of artistic responses to the Spanish painter’s masterpiece - arguably the most widely interpreted of all paintings.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bracey and forms part of his PhD research at the University of Lincoln. He is exploring how contemporary artists have used and appropriated existing paintings by other artists, through a position of using the metaphor of the parasite and symbiosis in connection with painting.

Participating Artists:
Euripides Altintzoglou, Tristram M Aver, Maggie Ayliffe, Sarah Bennett, Juan Bolivar, Andrew Bracey, Louise Bristow, Kate Buckley and Nick Simpson, Louisa Chambers, Fiona Curran, Gordon Dalton, Karen David, Annabel Dover, Steve Dutton, Leo Fitzmaurice, Rebecca Fortnum, Rachel Goodyear, Simón Granell, Tom Hackney, Sharon Hall, Lesley Halliwell, Simon Harris, Sarah R Key, Ilona Kiss, Geoff Diego Litherland, Cathy Lomax, Rachel Lumsden, Danica Maier, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Andy Pepper, Yelena Popova, James Quinn, Daniel Rapley, Lucy Renton, John Rimmer, John M Robinson, David Ryan, Stephen Snoddy, Soheila Sokhanvari, Annabel Tilley, Alun Williams, Gerard Williams

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Sarah Bennet: 'Viewing device for Las Meninas' (2019)
Viewing device for Las Meninas (2019)

While Velázquez’s Las Meninas has attracted extensive scrutiny and analysis,
my own scrutiny of the reproduction of the masterpiece
(on the postcard Andrew sent me) involved:
multiple magnifying devices;
a digital photograph transferred to 35mm slide;
and a hand held viewfinder -Sarah Bennett

 Enough is Definitely Enough poster

We Are Publication:
t  h  e      H O L D


Exhibition Launch:


t  h  e      H O L D is an exhibition by the artists’ group We Are Publication (WAP) and consists of posters, a soundscape, a hand-woven carpet, and a series of live events all set within an expansive sculptural display structure occupying the gallery space.

t h e H O L D exhibition image

t  h  e      H O L D
features contributions from Sadegh Aleahmad, Jonathan Allen, Holly Antrum, Bill Balaskas, Sarah Bennett, George Charman, Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Ilsa Colsell, Craig Cooper, Edward Dorrian, Volker Eichelmann, Abbe Fletcher, Adam Gillam, Keira Greene, Melissa Gordon, Bruce Haines, Felicity Hammond, Mark Harris, Ayano Hattori, John Hughes, James Irwin, Maureen de Jager, Gareth Jones, Simon Josebury, Marianne Keating, Dean Kenning, Lau Chak Kwong, John Lawrence, Bill Leslie, Anna Lucas, Stine Ljungdalh, Katy Macleod, Rachel Mader, Russell Miller, Christian Newby, Louis Nixon, Rupert Norfolk, Tom O’Dea, Alex Pollard, Elizabeth Price, Mónica Rivas Velásquez, Joey Ryken, Daniel Shanken, Andrea Stokes, Stephen Sutcliffe, Charlotte Warne Thomas, Andy Tam, Erika Tan, Maryam Tafakory, Mandy Ure, Sebastian Utzni, Roman Vasseur, Mark Aerial Waller, Steven Warwick and Matt William.

Right image:

Details of 'Bummock: Tennyson' - a show of three (temporary) public artworks by Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier


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Bummock: Tennyson flyer 2019 Sarah Bennett: 'Bound' image of artwork in situ
Bound (2019) Photograph on PVC, in situ
Photo: Sian Kirman-Wright
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