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Sarah Hand

Sarah Hand

Course Leader

School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 3579 ext. 3579 Room no. HC111

Biography

Sarah had her own photography business undertaking private school commissions, weddings and portraiture. She also owned and ran a restaurant and won national awards for both of these. These include: 1998 Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), Business Achievement Award, National Award Winner, (one of final 8 in the UK out of 10,000). 1998 Runner-Up, ‘Business Woman of the Year’, Milton Keynes & Bucks.

From 2009 to 2012 she was chair of the exhibition programme at the Cameron Museum and Galleries as a volunteer whilst working full time at Solent.

This involved arranging exhibitions for five spaces to changing four times per year. This provided her with the chance to meet some high profile artists and photographers and curate their art and photographic works.


Organised and curated exhibitions by:

  • Mary McCartney,
  • Lord Snowdon,
  • The Earl of Lichfield,
  • Patti Smith the singer,
  • Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones,
  • photographer Koo Stark,
  • David Bailey,
  • Brian May from Queen & Elena Vidal,
  • the film Director Ken Russell,
  • The Shell Advertising Art Collection,
  • Miles Davis (posthumously),
  • Norman Parkinson (posthumously via Angela Williams Archive),
  • The Shell Valentine Collection,
  • Beken of Cowes.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Recent publications

    Sarah's recent publications include...

    2013 - Class Distinction exhibition of work by 2012 Solent University graduates from 10th January Solent Link gallery, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. In association with Wightlink Ferries

    2009 – 2012 - photographic exhibitions for the Cameron Museum and Galleries that I have organised and co-curated include: Mary McCartney, Lord Snowdon, The Earl of Lichfield, Patti Smith, Ronnie Wood, Koo Stark, David Bailey, Brian May & Elena Vidal, Ken Russell, The Shell Advertising Art Collection, Miles Davis, Norman Parkinson (Angela Williams Archive), The Shell Valentine Collection.

    May 2015 - four photographs from Rose Tinted Reflections, Concourse Gallery, Solent University.

    March 2015 - Women in Focus International photography network for women, Convergent Photography Isolde included in annual 2015 International women’s exhibition.

    4 - 7 Sept 2014 - Bestival Convergent Photography with KikiT VisuoSonic, six images used on T-shirts to promote Solent University at the Science Centre.

    25-29 June 2014 - Glastonbury Festival Convergent Photography with KikiT VisuoSonic, six large scale images (3x2 metre) on display to promote Solent University.

    Jan – April 2012 - Photograph “Ice on Fire” in exhibition Little Black Dress, Concourse Gallery, Solent University.

    April 2012 – present - Photograph “Ice on Fire” in permanent exhibition Little Black Dress, Avon Suite, Solent University.

    Feb – March 2012 - Notes From the Playground exhibition of Convergent Photography, lecture and performance, Wall Gallery, Newport University, Wales.

    April – Oct 2011 - Notes From the Playground exhibition of Convergent Photography, Michael Andrews Gallery, Solent University.

    Oct 2010 – Jan 2011 - Notes from the Playground exhibition of Convergent Photography, sponsored by Olympus, Olympus Galleries, Cameron Museum & Galleries, 22nd October 2010 – 29 January 2011.

    Jun 2010 - A Celebration of the Isle of Wight Pop Festival 2006-2009 Group Exhibition at 2010 Pop Festival site 11th – 13th June.

    Aug 2007 - Becoming Emily Cameron Museum & Galleries, solo exhibition, sponsored by Olympus, 22nd June – 12th August.

    Jun 2006 - Nos.tal.gist Concourse Gallery, Southampton Solent University, solo photographic exhibition, 1st June – 9th October. Four pieces of work purchased for University’s private collection.

    May 2006 - Lady of Shalott in permanent collection at the Cameron Museum & Galleries, shown alongside the work of Lichfield, Snowdon, Bailey, Stark.

    May 2005 - Victoriana Open Summer Exhibition entire room dedicated to my work. Cameron Museum & Galleries.

    Jul 2004 - Aspace Gallery, Southampton, six photographs in a group show.

    Jul 2004 - Millais Gallery, Southampton, three photographs in a group show.

    Aug 2004 - Rose Tinted Reflections Palace House, Beaulieu; Highcliffe Castle, Dorset; JMC Museum & Galleries, Isle of Wight. Solo Photographic Exhibition & Installation sponsored by Agfa, Olympus, Waitrose, National Motor Museum, Montagu Enterprises, ‘Pure’ Southampton, HDS Showcases, 2 year tour. PVs opened by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Colin Ford CBE, Graeme Chapman (chairman of Olympus) and Dr Brian Hinton MBE.

    Sept 2001 - Vive La France Olympia, London, three photographs and exhibition winner.

  2. Research interests

    Currently Sarah is undertaking a PhD in Layering Systems in Convergent Photography....

    Currently Sarah is undertaking a PhD in Layering Systems in Convergent Photography.

    The research investigates the construction of filmic and photographic layering systems that include aspects of photomontage and film montage techniques. The components used for the experimental practice sessions include film, photographic stills, and sound that trigger a sonic responsive designed layer that responds in real-time.

    The theme for the practical experiments is the American author John Steinbeck, whose life and literary works form the basis of the visuals. Process is key to this investigation that discusses pre cinematic and post cinematic techniques and approaches to the design of the visuals and draws specifically from artists’ work such as Edward Muybridge, Jules Etienne Marey, William Kentridge, Georges Melies, Sergei Eisenstein, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Kara Walker and Chris Marker. The research uses both analogue wet process darkroom photography alongside digital technologies in order to question their validity and merge them to provide context and question the narratives in different contexts.

    The work has been presented at conferences and in performances in conjunction with the KikiT VisuoSonic research group over the past five years in Helsinki, Monterey CA, Bulgaria, Singapore and a number of institutions in the UK including Brighton University, Manchester University, Solent University and the Computer Society in London.

    Exhibitions of the work have been shown at the Cameron Gallery and Museum, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, The Wall Gallery, Newport, Wales, Solent University (two separate exhibitions). The exhibition is due to tour to the National Steinbeck Center, Monterey, CA in summer 2019.

    This research degree is being undertaken with Nottingham Trent University and is due for completion in 2019/2020.

  3. Teaching experience

    Sarah Hand has been working at Solent University since 2003...

    Sarah Hand has been working at Solent University since 2003 firstly in the research centre as assistant to the director, alongside working as associate lecturer on the BA (Hons) Media Culture and Production Degree. From 2010 she moved to the School of Art Design and Fashion and worked as a lecturer and then senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography degree, teaching across four courses including fashion graphics, fashion promotion and communication and fashion design. Sarah has been course leader of BA (Hons) Fashion Photography since 2010.

    She teaches a range of subjects including theory, photographic practice and research techniques.

  4. Awards

    Sarah's awards include...

    Prizes and awards:

    2009 - MProf Media Practice, Five by Five prize awarded for Convergent Photography

    2003 - Siemens Corporation, First Prize for Photography

    2003 - Associate Distinction to the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS)

    2001 - ‘Living France’ Magazine, Photography National Award Winner

    1998 - Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), Business Achievement Award, National Award Winner, (one of final 8 in the UK out of 10,000)

    1998 - Runner-Up, ‘Business Woman of the Year’, Milton Keynes & Bucks

    1996 - Licentiate Distinction to the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).

  5. Industry experience

    Sarah's industry experience includes...

    From 2006 to 2012 she worked as a VIP photographer at the Isle of Wight Pop festival recording the new festival event main stage, second stage and marquee performers including,
    The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Sex Pistols, Pink, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Starsailor, Stereophonics, Neil Young, Judy Collins, The Human League, Foo Fighters, Paloma Faith, Groove Armada, Blondie, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Muse, Keane, Snow Patrol, James Morrissey, Poalo Nutini, Fratellis, The Kooks, The Feeling, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Menschen, The Thirst, Mel C, the Delays and many more.

    From 2003 to 2012 Sarah was a governor on the board of trustees for the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust working with a team of governors to ensure the smooth running and upkeep of Dimbola Lodge (former home of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron) as a Museum and Galleries open to the public. Helping to organise events and functions as appropriate including visits by Patti Smith, Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Responsible for organising the exhibition and visit by Brian May and Anita Dobson and delivering thank you speech with Brian May and Dr Brian Hinton Liaison and host for Bryan Adams visit to view the Cameron and Ken Russell exhibitions