Sarah Cathers

Mixed Media

A collector of oddities with an urge to document and preserve the forgotten. Driven by the process of fragmentation, I gather pieces of discarded objects with the incentive to mend and rebuild the broken and repurpose the forgotten. I create my own tangible compositions placing odd pieces of different materials that fit together, juxtaposing the unlikely. Fascinated by adhesives and their ability to secure and fasten two objects together, I aim to preserve an objects history and importance, using these materials to preserve and trap their history and original importance. By focusing on the binding capabilities of thread, I use fibres to conceal and repair, wrapping and securing pieces together, acknowledging their past while recognising their potential to be something other than their intended purpose.

Where to Buy My Work

Craft NI Gallery, Belfast

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August 2021: 1st Prize at Craft NI Gallery’s August Craft Month Exhibition, ‘RE-New’.

March 2021: Awarded IERP funding from ACNI.

January 2021: Completed a collaborative series of works with jeweller, Rosie Elwood.

September 2019: Commissioned to create ‘KINDRED’, a series of site responsive artworks for Ulster University

November 2018: ArtsTalks: ArtWalks Original Vision Prize

October 2018: Bluecoat Display Centre’s Showcase Award

July 2018: 1 of 5 UK makers selected to exhibit in the Emerging Makers category at the GNNCC

June 2018: The Lila Speir Award for Embroidered Textile Art



November 2021: Portrait of Northern Ireland, 100 year centenary exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

August 2021: ‘RE-New’ August Craft Month 2021 Exhibition at Craft Ni Gallery, Belfast

June 2021: Creative Industries Internship Window Display, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast

October 2019: The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester

June 2019: Graduates in Residence, Ulster University Belfast

May 2019: New Makers Exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

March 2019: Material Matters, Ulster University Belfast

November 2018: Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 138th Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

October 2018: The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester

September 2018: TRANS-FORM, for London Design Week by Mint Shop, London

August 2018: Portal, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre Cwmbran, Wales

July 2018: New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

June 2018: Graduate Degree Show, Ulster University Belfast

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