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Sarah Calmus

Sarah Calmus
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b1989 Essex.

Immersive, participatory and environmental provocations form the basis of Calmus's practice which takes a multidisciplinary approach spanning fixed large scale light installations to month long nomadic social interventions. Interested in psychological and philosophical narratives, her practice is intentionally interdisciplinary; viewed as a series of experiments underpinned 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 continues to contribute by developing the festivals content.

Since 2014 Calmus has participated, organised and been selected for over 40 joint exhibitions, residencies, events and interventions, predominantly in Scotland. In 2018 Calmus was granted Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award from Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council to develop work that was selected to show at the 121st Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists 2018-19 exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy. In 2019, Calmus lead workshops for the National Galleries of Scotland’s The Drawing Room and for Youth Arts Network Cymru, in Anglesey, Wales.

Selected exhibitions, events and commissions include; Forth Valley Open Studios commision for Falkirk Community Hospital (2015), Selected and Invited Visual Artist for the Hidden Door Arts Festival (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), Invited Artist; Paradigm Electronic Arts Festival (2017), Selected Artist; Architecture Fringe Festival (2018), New Glasgow Society (2018), Custom Lane Residency (2018). In 2015, Calmus was shortlisted for the STV Digital Spark Award.
Performed at Laptop Lounge, Edinburgh Festival of Sound, The University of Edinburgh

May- Hidden Door Festival

April- Self funded Residency, Cove Park

Feb & August
The Drawing Room, Modern One, National Galleries of Scotland.

22nd Dec 2018- 17th Jan 2019
SOS (Survival nOw Skills) 121st Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy

24th Nov- 11th Dec
APPLY WITHIN, Syn Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse Gallery

11th- 16th July-
Residents Showcase at Custom Lane- Collaboration with Edinburgh Tool Library

6-8th July
The Corpse Strikes Back, Curated by James Jimbo, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow

22nd and 23rd June
Uber Dérive, Architecture Fringe 2018, Edinburgh

Friday 1st June
Emergence, Hidden Door’s Emerging Artist Symposium, Hidden Door Arts Festival 2018 , Edinburgh

6th- 14th April
'8/20-Inside Out', The Salon, Members Show, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh

26th Jan- 14th Feb
Momentum, Invited Artist, Norie-Miller Riverside Light Nights, Perth, Scotland

15th-23rd Jan
Bring Back The Mountains, Beta Beta Residency Showcase, South Block, Glasgow

1st Sep 2017-Commission for Stereo, Impossible Island #01 with Werkha /Babe / MR TC, Glasgow

2016- Mandala Prism, Invited Artist at Hidden Door Festival 2016, Edinburgh

2015-Geometric Timeline, Commission, Forth Valley Open Studios, Falkirk Community Hospital

2014 -Utopic Tweets; The Public Poem, Summer Programme ’14, Generator Projects, Dundee

2013- The Art of Silence, Summer Programme 13, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland

Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award funding received for SOS (Survival nOw Skills) from Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council

Invited Independent Artist, for Total Theatre Exchange programme, Edinburgh City

Invited Artist in Residence, Studio Practice Summer School, Look & Draw, Edinburgh

(Oct/Nov) Selected Artist in Residence, Beta Beta Residency, Braemar, Scotland

Shortlisted for the STV Digital Spark