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Sarah Calmus

Immersive, participatory and environmental provocations form the basis of Sarah Calmus’s practice which ranges from fixed large scale light installations to month-long nomadic social interventions. Interested in psychological and philosophical narratives, her explorative practice is intentionally multidisciplinary; a series of experiments underpinned always with explorations into interaction.

Calmus graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone (2014) in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, after which she moved to Edinburgh and began volunteering as a Hidden Door Festival team member where she predominantly worked on supporting and developing the festival’s programming from 2015-2019.

She has worked extensively on creative projects across the creative industries in Scotland and as a result became the President of Visual Arts Scotland March 2020 where she sits in this volunteer Creative Director post until 2023.

One of our Round 1 Connected Innovators. Here is what Sarah had to say about the programme:

“The Connected Innovator programme has allowed me to evolve my interdisciplinary practice through mainly developing my knowledge of sound and light design with data-driven tech, but also allowing me to develop new ideas of participatory artworks and finding ways to make my business more sustainable. My project has allowed me to upskill by purchasing new kit to help record sound at a much higher level which will feed into my future work.

I have had tutorial sessions with sound and light professionals, Dave House and Sam Jones, to help me build on my knowledge and skill set. I have worked at Summerhall building a light prototype piece and am due to go on a residency at Cove Park to finalise my new developments and business ideas.

[…] The momentum created through giving me much needed time and focus on my practice will help accelerate my output- with a concept album on the cards, pop up collaborative projects in the mix and a new touring strategy for work. I cannot underestimate how transformative it’s been to be supported with this R&D programme.”

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