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Academic Biography

Sarah Perks is an interdisciplinary curator, academic and writer and currently Professor of MIMA School of Art & Design at Teesside University, England. One of Creative Review’s 50 Creative Leaders in 2017, Sarah has led major participation, performance and curatorial projects with international artists including AL and AL, Rosa Barba, Judith Barry, Phil Collins, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Stanya Kahn, David Lynch, Rachel Maclean, Noorafshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Rashid Rana and Qasim Riza Shaheen. Group exhibitions include The Return of Memory (2017) exploring the post-Soviet ‘New East’; La Movida (2017) responding to 40 years since the first elections in Spain; Imitation of Life: Race and Melodrama in the 21st Century (2016), co-curated with Omar Kholeif. Developing her career in education at Cornerhouse, Manchester, she became the inaugural Artistic Director (Visual Art) of HOME and Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art in 2014.


Sarah has published over twenty essays and books across critical and creative writing, the most recent Artists Moving Image in Britain Since 1989 is co-edited with Erika Balsom and Lucy Reynolds (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art & Yale University Press, 2019). She is co-founder and director of Feature Expanded, a trailblazing development programme for visual artists making feature films. Sarah is a research director of Asia Triennial Manchester, Chair of Islington Mill Foundation (Salford), a trustee of Alchemy Film & Arts (Hawick, Scotland), editor of the Engage Journal (the international journal of visual art and gallery education) and Programme Advisor (Artist Moving Image) for the BFI London Film Festival.

Summary of Research Interests

  • interdisciplinary and collaborative curatorial strategies
  • strategies of participation in contemporary art
  • socio-economics, inclusion and artistic practice
  • artist moving image

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Research Output

Grasping at reality: art and certainty

Stewart, P. A. & Perks, S., 6 Aug 2020, (In preparation) Dupery by Design The Epistemology of Deceit in a Postdigital Era. Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • All I know is what’s on the internet (Exhibition Review)

    Perks, S., 14 Feb 2019, In : Burlington Contemporary.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • 11 Downloads (Pure)

    Artists’ Moving Image in Britain Since 1989

    Balsom, E. (ed.), Lucy, R. (ed.) & Perks, S. (ed.), 10 Sep 2019, Yale University Press. 544 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected

    Perks, S. & Kholeif, O., 6 Jul 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    One Day the Sadness Will End

    Perks, S. & Clarke, D., Feb 2019, Cornerhouse Publications. 80 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • 11 Downloads (Pure)