Sarah Evelyn Marsh
Sarah’s practice as an artist and educator is incredibly sensitive and inclusive. Sarah has delivered several projects at Tate Liverpool with different audience groups and all have been peer led, driven by the participants’ own ideas. She has a confident and rigorous practice but combines this with warmth and generosity that inspires those she works with and nurtures their own creativity. Sarah has established herself as a leading practitioner in the region for interactive gallery spaces for children and young people. She has developed contexts for play and learning that support whole family engagement with, what can often be, baffling and intimidating environments. This strand of her practice has expanded in recent years to encompass a specialism in working with children and young people with Autism. Sarah has helped the Learning team at Tate Liverpool to introduce relaxed session to our family offer and has been key in developing our programmes and welcome for this group of visitors. She is presenting on this at a forthcoming conference at the Royal Academy in London with Tate Liverpool’s curator for family programmes.
Testimonial from Deborah Riding, Programme manager for Children and Young People, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
Umbrella Doodles is one of those rare things: a project for kids that is genuinely creative and fun, yet is poles apart from the usual 'face paints and scribbling' activities so often on offer for young children.
My daughter and I enjoyed the novelty of drawing onto the umbrellas, we spent a long time talking about the sky, the weather, the city and the things we could see - we looked at the world slightly differently, more carefully, perhaps - and we then created the images on the umbrella together.
This makes Umbrella Doodles stand out from standard craft activities, which tend to be less considered, where the child just gets on and 'makes' with less discussion/involvement from the parent. Here, the activity is as much about conversation and interaction between parent and child, as it is mark-making. So, for my daughter and I, it encouraged us to work together, to speak in a way that perhaps we don't do so often.
And, of course, we got to take our umbrella home with us. It's lasted, and every time we use it we are reminded of that time together.