Sarah Evelyn Marsh

Welcome to my blog


Here you will find updates and announcements of projects I've designed, delivered and been involved in over the past year.

I hope you find something interesting to read.

By evelynarts, Apr 11 2017 09:14PM

Explore artwork, experiment with new ideas and think differently.

Make it…is a joint community learning partnership between Tate Liverpool, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and the City of Liverpool College, that enables 18-30 year olds using mental health services to access support and learning through art at Tate Liverpool.

During this eight week course a group of young people have come together to work collectively; responding to the broad theme of Identity. With no prior knowledge of each other, the group developed interesting and thought-provoking dialogues, built friendships that have grown outside of the course and made connections through artworks on display in the Constellations galleries at Tate Liverpool and the Open Eye Gallery.

The course has encouraged us to look at the world from a different viewpoint. With a passion for the city of Liverpool, the young people have taken inspiration from architecture, the River Mersey and Albert Docks area; fusing it with explorations of their identity through conversations, personal reflections and opinions, to create sensitive and highly creative responses.

Through peer-led methodology the young people have been supported to develop a unique, creative language through photography, film and creative processes. Using analogue ‘photoshopping’ techniques we discovered we could edit, layer, add and remove elements of what we see around us; we became live-editors. By bleaching out photographs, layering acetate drawings on top of images and adding layers, angles and multiples with the use of mirrors, the world became an ever-changing canvas for our ideas. An ingenious kaleidoscope, invented by one of the students, developed these ideas further and heightened our views into beautiful, moving imagery.

We have selected images that represent our most present process-driven outcomes, but these don’t signify the end of our creative journeys, if anything they are just the beginning.

By evelynarts, Mar 10 2017 05:07PM

Paper, fragile and strong
Paper, fragile and strong

Let’s see things differently, through the eyes of each other.

Look Closer: Altered Perceptions

We are a group of women aged 15-25 who have come together from across Merseyside to consider themes and issues that are relevant to us all. We come from different backgrounds and have varied experiences but by exploring the issues that are important to us all like gender, sexuality, mental health and identity we have shared perspectives and found a common language. Using paper as a metaphor for both the strength and fragility of emotions, feelings and states of mind we have created this space. We invite you to engage with the installation and look closer, helping us to encourage others to alter per- ceptions and celebrate all women and their individualism.


Late November 2016, two groups of young ladies, from different backgrounds, with different gender identities, came together to explore their common-ground, using art and the gallery as a vehicle for developing their discussions, emotions, thoughts and ideas into a creative and interactive outcome.

As the lead artist on this project, it was my role to create a ‘safe space’ for the girls to feel comfortable and confident in order for sincere and sensitive discussions to take place. My Gallery / Arts Educator method is peer-led; driven by the participants ideas and responses to artworks, environments and materials. There were no predetermined idea of outcome, other than this was a Tate Collective and Tate Exchange project that would be exhibited in Tate Liverpool over 4 days.

Introduction to the gallery

The project began with 2 sessions for each group separately. Through ‘found text’ from newspapers, we made connections to artworks in the Constellations galleries. These abstract connections provided us with a way into the artwork, encouraging discussions to flow organically in front of them. It was interesting that both groups were drawn to the same artworks on separate occasions, when I relayed this back to each group, it seemed to provide a sense of reassurance and mutual respect before they met.

I selected the Constellations gallery opposite Tracey Emin’s My Bed, as a number of Fe- male artists are represented such as; Eva Hesse, Rachel Whiteread, Zanel Muholi, Gillian Wearing and Louise Bourgeois, whose connection with Emin is well documented. The young women spoke with maturity whilst discussing issues around the objectification of female bodies in the media, gender issues, feminism, personal insecurities, and the impact of social media on their wellbeing.

Tracey Emin & William Blake In Focus.

Around Emin’s My Bed, discussions and thoughts formed in Constellations were developed and deepened. The ‘found text’ became abstract poetry inspired by My Bed, and the young women’s personal associations with the emotive piece;

Poem 1

Night doesn’t have to mean ‘end of the day’. Here’s why it makes sense Quality of life has a price

Not something you see everyday

Suspending privacy Got the blues

Poem 2

Mind games and pursuit Sluggish Monday Kingpins of tobacco Autumn addiction

Poem 3

Monday 17th October 2016

Threw petrol on fire

drug abuse




It was a matter of principle

That’s more important to me than winning I’m no threat

The solution miracle saints


The found text also became powerful, association words that were stitched and stained onto white, cotton pillowcases. During these sessions we worked with Tate Collective participant and embroiderer, Michaela Swan. As a younger member of the team, Michaela was a fantastic role-model figure for the girls, as well as providing a skills sharing master- class.

Abstract poetry
Abstract poetry

By evelynarts, Nov 15 2016 04:06PM

Last Friday (11th Nov), saw AWOL studios open it's doors wide to the creative and savvy people of Manchester and beyond. We saw hundreds enter the old bed mill in Ancoats and there really was a buzz about the place.

I exhibited a number of artworks both in my studio and within the group exhibition.

Recently, I've been working on a number of studies of 'the line' that have led me to use free-hand embroidery stitch onto cotton, create 3D sculptural forms that are soooo tactile and a number of painting studies on lengths of board and stretched canvas.

If you would like more information on anything you see, or would like to book an appointment with me, then please contact me.


Stacked 0:1
Stacked 0:1
Piece 0:1 2016
Piece 0:1 2016
intertwined. Cotton and lace 2016
intertwined. Cotton and lace 2016
o rio 2016
o rio 2016
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