Author Archives: Sarah Butler

More Than 100 Stories

Project Name: More Than 100 Stories
Dates: February 2015- September 2016
Place: Across the UK
Partners: A collaboration with visual artist Nicole Mollett, commissioned by the Creative People and Places Network

slow-downIt never stops, does it? Tick tock, slip and run. All you can do is chase, race, catch it and hold on tight. Except it never stops, does it? Tick tock, slip and run. It leaps and creeps, it marches on and on and all you can do is run to keep up; snatch what you can of it; make sure you’re in the nick of it; try not to let it shimmer through your fingers like so much water. It never stops, does it? Tick tock, slip and run.
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Everywhere and Nowhere: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Imagined Spaces

I will be giving a paper titled: Writing, Re-writing and Erasure: a consideration of the Heygate Estate, South London at Everywhere and Nowhere: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate  Symposium on Imagined Spaces at University of Nottingham on Monday 20th June 2016. More information and booking on the symposium website.
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London Festival of Architecture: Opportunity Area – free event, Monday 6th June, 6-8pm

lfa picAs part of Unearthing The Elephant, a project with artists Eva Sajovic and Rebecca Davies, building on a decade of work in Elephant and Castle, we are hosting an open discussion with an invited panel to discuss ethics, tactics and place-specificity in artistic practice, with particular reference to Elephant and Castle and its labelling as an ‘opportunity area’. Continue reading 

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More Than 100 Stories

My commission to creatively respond to Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project continues. I am working with visual artist Nicole Mollett, and we are both blogging regularly on the Creative People and Places website.

‘Building Whilst Flying’ by Nicole Mollett

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Growing | Cooking | Sharing

Project Name: Growing | Cooking | Sharing
Dates: December 2014 – December 2015
Place: Breightmet, Bolton
Partners: GUILD HQ and Bolton at Home  – part of the Social Housing Arts Network

box sm2I come for lunch and find you have cooked up a feast – enough for ten of me. I can taste your kindness in each dish – rosecoco beans, hot puri, peas. Continue reading 

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Unpicked:Restitched

Project name: Unpicked:Restitched
Date: June 2015-February 2016
Place: Stockport
Partners: Arts and wellbeing charity, Arc, and textile artist, Julie Mosley

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Night-time, in this unslept-in town. Skateboarders in the square, repeating themselves across the paving slabs. A handful of drinkers, hunched over quiet pints. A woman grinding her cigarette underfoot. Streetlights cast their yellow haze across empty streets. And in the car park, amongst the concrete pillars and fluorescent lights, the car-mods come, show off their latest trick, admire the tuning of another’s engine, the flash of silver alloys – all that time spent oil-slicked, forehead-scrunched, turned to pure gold.

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Stories From The Road

Project Name: Stories From The Road
Dates: Spring-Summer 2015
Place: Oxford Road, Manchester
Partners: Cities@Manchester

 

There are no lines telling you where it starts and where it ends. So let’s draw them in. Two trails of coloured chalk across the tarmac. Here: from park to shops. Here: from library to hotel.

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Walking The Edge, Didsbury

Project Name: Walking The Edge
Dates: 22-26 June 2015
Place: Didsbury, Manchester
Partners: Didsbury Arts Festival

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We know the road is coming – it beats the sound of running water – but it is still an assault, a right-angled twist up into concrete, railings, a different kind of sky. Continue reading 

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Stories From The Road

I am very excited to be collaborating with cities@manchester on Stories From The Road, a project mapping Manchester’s Oxford Road through individuals’ stories. The project is now live, and more stories will be added over summer 2015.

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Re/Place

Project Name: Re/Place
Dates: April-May 2015
Place: Chorlton, Manchester
Partners: Words and Fixtures; Chorlton Arts Festival

Not so much a graveyard, as a tunnel of space in between the green and the pub with a path of gravestones laid from one end to the other. The hard voices of afternoon drinkers nursing pints and fags bleed over the back wall. Birds chirrup and cheep and shit their berry-heavy lunches across the grass and the worn grey stones.

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