Sara Heywood has developed and presented work independently and collaboratively in the public realm for over twenty years. Her work uses a wide range of media including installation, analogue and digital photography, object appropriation, performance, audio and video. Work is led by site-specific research into heritage archives, architecture and ecology, and in developing partnerships and collaboration with people and place. Many of the outcomes share a common playfulness in nature and encourage unexpected ways to discover and experience everyday site and environment.
Commissions include Reflections on Home, a sound installation and audio performance working with over 200 residents on the Alton Estate, Roehampton, The Bird Hide, an interactive site-specific installation, London Docklands, and showcased at London Festival of Architecture 2018, and most recently Mulberry – Tree of Plenty, a UCL Culture and UCL East public engaged art-science collaboration researching the material properties of the iconic east London mulberry tree.
Sara is also an experienced artist-educator and has worked within schools, community and gallery settings including the Barbican Centre, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Art Gallery, Cubitt Arts, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.