Sarah Staton artist talk

Date 23.11.16

Time 6.30pm

Location Arnolfini


Sarah Staton creates spaces and objects that seek to enable revelry and reverie. Her work combines a sculptor’s sensibility with design, landscape and architecture. Staton’s practice draws inspiration from graphic and furniture designers, architects and cultural critics with whom she collaborates. Staton’s recent work has explored interaction between audience and environment where her artworks have become habitable or capable of supporting life. Staton is interested in the tactile qualities of our built environment, an idea she returns to repeatedly in her work.


In the lecture she will talk about her work including a new public realm commission produced by Field Art Projects for the University of Bristol, a 21st century folly and social sculpture for the University’s halls of residence at Stoke Bishop. She exhibits internationally and her work is held in public collections all over the world.

Sarah Staton

Sarah Staton was born in 1971 in London and lives and works in Sheffield and London, where she has recently been appointed to the staff of the Royal College of Art. Her work has become increasingly prominent and admired in the UK over the past decade, presenting a beguiling mixture of traditional craft techniques with cutting edge technology. Her grounded sculptural forms occupy an edgy aesthetic territory between use value and sheer visual pleasure. She often collaborates with other artists, designers, architects and engineers, and is a natural animator of public space. Staton has been commissioned to create many artworks for the public realm in Europe and the UK including; Sheffield Sevenstone, (2007); Guinevere’s Pavilion (2008); Artisan Apartments (2008); Crucible Theatre (2010); New Art Gallery Walsall (2012); Harold and Maude at Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex (2014), and 'Steve' at the Folkestone Triennial, (2014).

Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, University of the West of England in association with Field Art Projects and the University of Bristol

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £4 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.