Sarah Hopkins gained an MA in Fine Art with Distinction at Swansea Institute in 2003. A printmaker and lecturer, Sarah is also an experienced arts facilitator and recently initiated and managed Swansea Print Workshop’s Festival of Muslim Cultures Print Project, which gave her the opportunity to travel across Pakistan, organise artist-in-residence programmes and curate two touring exhibitions in Wales and Pakistan. Sarah has co-ordinated workshops and community projects for the last 20 years. Most recently she was the Award Artist for the Josef Herman Foundation in 2008 and worked with primary school children across four counties in South Wales.
With an emphasis on the urban environment her work explores the impact of human intervention and decay; declining industry, polluted landscapes and concrete facades of the inner city that are so plentiful in South Wales, all of which provide a wealth of material about the city and the people who live there.
Through the exploration of printmaking techniques I endeavour to transform the monolithic monstrosities that blot our landscape into everyday beauty; a beauty, which in its wonderful and bizarre quirkiness is an integral part of my neighbourhood.
2011 Two-person show with Mike Jones, Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo
2005 Here and There - Yma ac Acw, Taliesin, Swansea
2001 Attic Gallery, Swansea
1999 A toe in the Tawe, Taliesin, Swansea, Sarah Hopkins and Sally Hands
1998 The Framing Machine, Mumbles featured artist
1997 Attic Gallery, Swansea featured artist
1997 Oranges and Lemons, Taliesin, Swansea, Sarah Hopkins and Sally Hands
1996 The Cross, Pontardawe
1993 Paintings by Two Printmakers, Attic Gallery, Swansea, Sarah Hopkins with Pete Kosowicz
1992 Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nairobi, Kenya
1991 Attic Gallery, Swansea Sarah Hopkins and Valerie Ganz
1989 The Cross, Pontardawe, Swansea
1988 Attic Gallery, Swansea featured artist
2008 Josef Herman Foundation Award 2008
2001 Guild of Painter Stainers Award
2000 City and Guilds Medal of Excellence for Decorative Stained Glass.
1992 European Business School, University of Wales, Swansea - Travel Award to the Loire Valley, France
HRH Prince of Wales
Contemporary Arts Society of Wales
City and County of Swansea
Carmarthenshire County Council
University of Wales, Swansea
John Lewis, Cardiff
National Library of Wales