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Sarah Filmer

Associate Lecturer

Department of Art and Music

Sarah Filmer, Associate Lecturer, Fine Art


Sarah spent many years as a veterinary surgeon before giving in to the creative drive, and gaining her BA (Hons) Fine Art from Southampton Solent University, where she is now an associate lecturer on the fine art team.

A gentle revolutionary, working with death, knitting, the human-animal relationship, and feminist perspectives, Sarah works individually and collaboratively with video, photography, drawing, and yarn-based crafts. Her work has been shown and screened locally, nationally and internationally, with recent commissions for Mottisfont Abbey gardens, National Trust, and Lux13 Critical Forum.

Sarah co-founded unitllstudios, an artists’ collective in Southampton, in 2010, and ran it until the end of 2014, when she moved out of the studios to pursue new projects, including becoming involved in medical humanities, and development of a proposal to become artist in residence at a vet school.

Further information

Solo exhibition

September 2012 - Blue Jumper – Community knitting project with video, based in the Bargate Monument Gallery.


December (2014) - Mottisfont Abbey and gardens, National Trust: ‘snow geese’ ‘snowflakes’ and ‘icicles’ outdoor installations as part of the Nutcracker Trail.

September (2012) – art to dance, Southampton city art gallery.

February (2011) – film-maker, pal lab : movement and meaning.

Group exhibitions

November (2014) – ‘Lux13 Critical Forum’ with Lux 13 Critical Forum, Enclave, London.

(2014) – A series of group exhibitions at the Mettricks Tea and Coffee House, Southampton.

October (2013): Sluice Art Fair, London.

July (2013) – Playback, London.

November (2012) to December (2012) – Zap Open Exhibition, London.

August (2012) - Babel Fiche, Manchester.

October (2011) – Mestopolojenie – site-specific group installation, BMG.

September (2011) – Salisbury Animation Festival, Salisbury Arts Centre.

July (2011) – Hijacked, Soul Cellar, Southampton.

March (2011) – Hiding Guns in my Flip Flops, Harbour Lights Gallery.

September (2010) – Group exhibition, Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor.

July (2010) – Sorted exhibition, curated by Millais off-site projects.

July (2010) – Best Of, extension of fine art degree show, Southampton.

June (2010) – Context exhibition, context arts, Somerset UK.


May (2014) to December (2014) – touring screening event with Lux13 at Cinema 6, Arcadia Missa, London; Millenium Films, New York; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Laban Centre, London; Southampton film Week, Southampton.

Sep (2010) – Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona (international screening).

(2009) to (2012) - “Short Shorts” - Art in Unusual Spaces – Leeds; Venus rising, London; Faff Film Festival, Halifax; beginning, middle and end Bargate monument gallery; Southampton film week. (national screenings).

(2010) to (2012) – NEU/NOW online festival, international streaming festival, babel fiche (online screenings).

Community projects with unit11studios

2013/14 ‘space for discussion’ ongoing discursive/research project.

2011/13/14 ‘piece of your mind,’ ‘picturing the park noisy,’ ‘paint a meadow,’ ejector seat festival.

2011/12/13 ‘the pink hoarding,’ ‘the blue hoarding,’ ‘the ribbon people’.

Industry employment

February (2015) and ongoing – visiting tutor in medical humanities, University of Southampton, Medical School.

July (2011) and ongoing – associate lecturer in fine art at Solent University.

December (2010) - December (2014) – founder/administrator unit11studios

January (2012) to December (2012) – film-maker ‘art to dance’ project for Art Asia.

May (2011) to July (2011) – film-maker jhoom! school Bollywood dance project.

October (2010) – guest lecturer at Southampton Solent University.

August (2010): curator – beginning, middle, end - Southampton Film Week.

April (2010) to June (2010): student evaluator for the cultural Olympiad.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Nurture your talent for painting, sculpture or applied art, guided by a passionate team of artists, curators and theorists, in a supportive, creative community.