Saturday, December 05, 2009

GHost II

Friday, December 18, 2009
6:00pm - 10:00pm

St John’s Church on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
(opposite Bethnal Green tube)

A night of artist films, performances and moving image interventions to celebrate the darkest days of the season and to welcome in the ghosts that inhabit them. With moving image installations around the foyer and belfry and a screening of artist films on a movie-sized screen in the nave.

Plus, as a finale a screening of

Mario Bava's 1963 classic, I tre volti della paura: La goccia d'acqua

And, of course,

Mulled wine and minced pies!

With (in no particular order): Glenn Church, Jo Wonder, Geraldine Swayne, Daisy Delaney, Sinead Wheeler, Magnus Irving, Sarah Doyle, Tessa Garland, Lisa Fielding Smith, Rebecca Feiner, Sam Treadaway, Katja Tukiainen, Sarah Breen Lovett, Calum F Kerr, Anne Charlotte Morgenstein, Andrew Graves-Johnston, Richard Mansfield, Fernando Cestari, Mikey Georgeson, Reverend Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly, Geoff and the Daughters of Moroni, Miyuki Kasahara, Jo David, Julian Wakeling, Derek Jordan, and David Buckley on the ORGAN

curated by Sarah Sparkes and Ricarda Vidal

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With thanks to St John’s Church on Bethnal Green, the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (University of London), Betting on Shorts, Paul Dillon, Jonathon McKay, and Intellect Books

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Dissolving Cube

Opening on Thursday 26th November 4– 8pm
Exhibition continues 27th November – 5th December
Open Thursday and Fridays 4 – 7pm and Saturdays 1 – 6pm
At Portman Gallery at Morpeth School

We hope you can come to the opening of ‘The Dissolving Cube’ at Portman Gallery where we will be running the show as a festival.
You will be able to physically enter the works of Ryo Ikeshiro, Simon Katan and Andrew Cooper becoming exposed to imagery, sound and colour which you can manipulate. Other work has its focus or location in the surrounding area and way beyond as exemplified by the poet Hassan Najmi who speaks to us from Morocco in a moving film by Samuel Shimon.

The work literally looks everywhere and uses anything. A glimpse of the normally hidden world of the institution contained within the school, with its labyrinth of departments and offices will be given by David Collins, and the nooks and crannies of local housing and its politics will be explored by Laura Oldfield Ford and Shireen Drarabi. The discarded and rejected, in the form of objects, donated by students and staff will be given a new lease of life through the drawing and story telling of Antonio Cabrera.

Dean Kenning and Emma Hart will question the frontiers between the inner and outer world. Following the dialogical method proposed by radical pedagogist Paulo Freire, students working with Dr Kenning will respond to situations set in the local area depicted through isotype picture language. Daisy Delaney will also locate thought provoking traffic signs in the school grounds and surrounding area. The very air itself will carry some of the work in the form a subtle new piece of contemporary electronic music. The music will change through random interactions each time it is heard and was written especially for The Dissolving Cube by Kristian Sakulku and Raymond Yuenfai Vuong.

New copies of the Dark times will be created thought the show by Paul Sakoilsky and his editorial team recruited from the rank and file students at Morpeth as he invites them to take back what’s theirs, i.e., the world. The Dark times is the only newspaper that shows us the shadow image that the media normally projects for our digestion.
After all this you may want to relax so the artists have created lounge for you, Relax in a comfy chair surrounded by hallucinated wall paper by Sarah Sparkes and rubber creatures worthy of the medieval underworld of Hieronymus Bosch by Naomi St.Clair-Clarke. With the numerous miniature portraits staring at you from the mantle piece created by Heike Kelter from Berlin and her crew (students from Morpeth) you certainly won’t feel lonely. Sarah Doyle has created a mirror that reflects the joys of hearth and home while René Luckhardt gives us a comforting image of a grandmother Norman Bates would be proud of.
The Dissolving Cube incorporates an on-going exhibition, a symposium “Art, Learning and Liberation” and a grand finale of artists’ performances, “The Return of The Repressed”

Portman Gallery
Morpeth School
London E2 0PX
(Tube: Bethnal Green)

Part 1- Exhibition opening on Thursday 26th November 4– 8pm
Part 2-“Art, Learning and Liberation” a symposium, 28th November 11-5pm
Part 3 “Return of the repressed” performance event, 5th December 1– 5.30pm

The Dissolving Cube presents work which corrupts the boundaries between object, word, performance, sound, the viewer and the viewed. The work includes visual, poetic and sound art forms which blend together to dissolve artificial boundaries between separate art works. The show will pose questions concerning art's purpose. The work will interact with the audience of the school and local area. Several artists will be working with students to produce work for the show. The cube will mutate, dissolve and reach out down Portman Place, beyond Globe road from four different zones. The Dissolving Cube incorporates an on-going exhibition, a symposium “Art, Learning and Liberation” and a grand finale of artists’ performances, “The Return of The Repressed”
Curated by Andrew Cooper

Part I – Exhibition in the Portman Gallery and beyond
Zone 1 – The Inner Zone
A functioning lounge complete with wall paper, pictures, domestic ornaments, memorabilia and comfy chair.
Heike Kelter, Sarah Sparkes, Sarah Doyle, René Luckhardt, Naomi St Clair-Clarke
Zone 2 – The Oyster Zone
Material and people are gathered to produce transformative works.
David Collins, Paul Sakoilsky, Antonio Cabrera
Zone 3 – Twilight Zone
Experiences are offered to visitors when they enter three booths and a horizontal cabinet. They can in turn leave their own impressions by adding work to the zone.
Simon Katan, Ryo Ikeshiro, Andrew Cooper
Zone 6 – Outreach zone
Work investigating and reaching out into the surrounding gallery and beyond.
Laura Oldfield Ford, Dean Kenning, Shireen Darabi, Emma Hart, Daisy Delaney, Hassan Najmi
All Zones
Kristian Sakulku, Raymond Yuenfai Vuong

PART 2 - “Art, Learning and Liberation” What use is art in schools?
Symposium, 28th November 11am – 5pm
Discussion Chaired by Ian Hunt
Speakers include:
Dean Kenning (artist and critic)
Andrew Cooper (artist and teacher)
Emma Hart (artist)
Leanne Turvey (Tate Modern Schools Curator)
Susan Sheddan (Tate Modern Schools Curator)
Charlie Fox (artist and teacher)
David Collins (artist and Head of Art, Wormwood Scrubs)
Corinna Till (artist)
Tina Gregoriou (artist and teacher)
Grigoris Papazafiriou (artist and teacher)
Students from Morpeth School

PART 3 -The Return of the Repressed - Grand Finale
Saturday 5th December 2-5pm,
What has been repressed for the last three decades will be raised from the ground in a carnival of artist's performances.
Charlie Fox
Mark Mc Gowan
Miyuki Kasahara
Laura Oldfield Ford
Paul Sakoilsky and Dark Times Editorial Staff
Thump and Fiend

For more info email

Monday, November 09, 2009

Live Art Residency with Chisenhale Gallery

Live Art Residency on

For the past month I have been working on the Live Art Residency with Chisenhale Gallery. Creating work with pupils from Chisenhale Primary School inspired by Tariq Alvi's 'The Meaning' exhibition.
Using collage and mirrors the pupils worked in groups and created and filmed their own kaleidoscopes and made bunraku puppets.
The residency will be completed with a performance and film of the puppets and kaleidoscope film being shown to the school.

64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chisenhale Gallery Workshop

If you would like to make some kaleidoscopes and mirrorball costumes please join me this Saturday afternoon with your family at Chisenhale gallery :)

For each exhibition Chisenhale offers families an opportunity to respond to the current exhibition by participating in an informal drop-in workshop that is devised and facilitated by a practicing artist.
Saturday 19 September 2009, 2 - 5pm

Free, no booking required
Join artist Sarah Doyle for a free afternoon drop-in family workshop inspired by Tariq Alvi’s exhibition. Suitable for all ages, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.

64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ

watch a kaleidoscope projection from the family day below:

more images from the family day here

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nunhead Arts Week

I have a window in this years Nunhead Arts Week.
Five artists have been invited to make work for the windows of local shops along the main road in Nunhead. Part of the Nunhead Arts Week 2009. This project has been kindly supported by Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council.

The private view an opening event for the arts week is on Friday 18th September from 6-9pm at:
Nunhead Community Centre
56 Nunhead Lane
London, SE15

My shop window is at Mummy J Fashions is titled “Mummy Superior”

I was fascinated the fable of the nun who was beheaded on Nunhead Green in the reformation of the monasteries in the 16th century. Although there is no evidence to support the story of the beheaded nun the story is part of folklore.
The shop I am working with for Nunhead Arts Festval sells Hollandais fabric, which is very popular in West Africa. The fabric designs on this cloth were often developed to focus on the visualisation of proverbs and folklore.
For the window I have designed my own pattern inspired both by the patterns on the Hollandais cloth and the legend of the nun beheaded on the green.

Having lived opposite a nunnery as a child although not being brought up Catholic, I viewed the nuns from a distance. I always thought that they looked very stylish in their simple white and black robes. On the rare occasions I saw them on an outing they always seemed to be otherworldly beings, gliding along they were serene yet disconcerting in their otherness. I have painted small images of nun like girls wearing black and white dresses and photographed them around the green. They are my own versions of the Cottingley Fairies, phantoms from a possibly imagined story.

Mummy J fashions
34 Nunhead Green
SE15 3QF

Download the PDF brochure with full listings of all the events happening at Nunhead Arts Week 2009 from the official site

My new site!

I have a brand new portfolio website, do take a look :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Blocksmith at Chutney 2

Get ready to be forged in pain on the 28th June 2009

Chutney Preserves blog

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Police and Violence

The Guy Hilton Gallery Presents
POLICE AND VIOLENCE at the SASSOON GALLERY in Peckham, Blenhiem Grove

Saturday 6th June 2009 4-11pm

Following his reenactments of the death of Jean Charles De Mendez, and most recently Ian Tomlinson, Mark McGowen continues this theme by curating a one day event a based on real live events about pigs
kicking people’s heads in. Featuring art, live performances, bands & more from some of the most interesting contemporary artists based in and around London. You are invited to participate in what promises to be an anarchic, interactive and informative event.

Anne Margrete Bergh, Shitter of the Yard, O. B. Alessi, Richard Dedomenici, Sarah Doyle, Chiara Mu, Simon Ould, Louise Loudoun, Robin Bale, Charlie Fox, Neil Drabble, Sara Burgess, Jenny Gordon, FREEE, David C West, Aaron Barschak, Gilbert and George, Micalef, Byron Pritchard, Yul Hilton, Jackie Clark, Laura Oldfield Ford, Rachel Cattle, Harry Pye, Scottish Weirdo’s, Jim Woodall, Vanessa Mitter, Kate Kotcheff, Geraldine Ryan, Liam Herne, Phoebe Collings James, Fiona Symes, Francis Thorburn, Honky, Calum F. Kerr And many more.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Propeller Island: Power of a Discord

I am showing my animation "Dancehall Danceoff" at this event on Saturday 9th May


Press Release:

Propeller Island is an artist led collaboration based in London. It operates out of a variety of venues as a mobile arena for exhibitions, residencies and events. It takes its name from the novel by Jules Verne, which is a story of a string quartet that gets lured to perform on a floating utopian island. Taking the structure of the book as the framework, the group intend to present an equal number of projects, each representing one of the 25 chapters of the book.
The first chapter, ‘The Quartet’ took place in an empty retail property in South Kensington
for the month of January 2009. This culminated in a four-day live extravaganza, which was generously supported by The Brompton Estate.

“We must learn to judge a society more by its sounds, by its art, and by its festivals, than by its statistics” *

‘Power of a Discord’ is the second chapter in the novel, and for the event we have invited artists to contribute to an evening of film, performance, music and lectures.
The work showing celebrates, criticises and examines the multi-faceted uses of sound and music. Including musings on melody and discord, music as protest, patriotism or identity.
Musicals, opera, wrestling, the Dutty Wine dance and much much more.

Team Beswick and Pye, Ildiko Buckley, Jimmy Dixon, Sarah Doyle, Jamie Dyson, Amy Feneck, Charlie Franklin, Pippa Gatty, Alex Glen, Dee Harding, Jane Haughton, Jonathon Hood, David Hopkinson, Jean Louis Lanteri Laura, Patti Lennox-Boyd, Martin Lofty, Lady Lucy, Eric Maclennan, Mark McGowan, Warren Mclachlan, Melville& Mitchell, Matthew Poland, Harry Pye, Keira Rathbone, Christopher Rollen, Jarrod Sanderson, Thea Stallwood, Jamie Stevens (undereducated), Adam Smith & Keiko Takahashi, Katharine Tolloday & Michael Grime, Jon Trayner, Catherina Turk, Simon Webb, Phillip Wilson-Perkin, and more...

Power of a Discord will run from 5 – 10pm on Saturday 9th of May

Upstairs @ The Bear
296a Camberwell New Road
London, SE5 0RP
Propellerisland Blog
Propellerisland on Facebook

Friday, April 10, 2009

Drawing Room

Extract from 'I Can't Believe How Great I Feel.' A book written by Amy Prior with drawings by Sarah Doyle

Camera: James Newton
Film editing: Joe Walsh, Amy Prior.
Music: 'Je Suis Peuple Sans Visage' by DJ Rupture

Drawing Room from Sarah Doyle on Vimeo.

Shown as part of week-long film festival at the Curzon Soho/I.C.A, 2007.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Role Of The Village Idiot

Sarah Doyle will be embodying the spirit of Pierrot the original emo kid for The Role Of The Village Idiot

"This work is based on ideas and suggestions by the artist and writer Paul O'Kane concerning the question of a necessary expulsion that may lie at the heart of the formation of any community."


An afternoon of public art/street performance on Peckham Square Saturday
28th March 2009, 2pm til 6pm.

The theme of the afternoon is performance and the role of the village idiot. Obviously we have the holy fools, shakespears court jester, the dada art movement, but the village idiot is something else he/she is something other, something familiar, somebody we all know and recognise in our local communities. Here we will attempt to investigate, the role of the village idiot, the question of 'a necessary expulsion', the emotion of shame and how that relates to our daily life and the strange people that we meet, street theatre and public art. Mainly using gesture and small props the artists will attempt to engage with the everyday happenings in peckham square. There will be a reception in the Bunhouse Pub opposite peckham square in the evening.

curated by Mark McGowan.

Marcia Farquhar, Plastique Fantastique, Brian Dawn Chalkey, Hunt and Darton, Aaron Barschak, Edwina Ashton, Daniel Lehan, Galatica Hilton, Andrew Cooper, David C West, Sarah Doyle, Olivia Jane Ransley, Marcus Cope, Simon Ould, Alicia Logan, Mieko Takanami, Swarfega, Charlie Fox, Neil Drabble, Jack Catling, Calum F Kerr, Adrian Lee, Frog Morris, Phoebe Collings James,
lee campbell, sean kirwin, sara burgess, robyn minogue, lucy rushton, CApStAn StRiNg, Stephen Micalef, Rachael House, Jo David, Robin Bale, Vanessa Mitter, Deej Fabyc, Paulo Pierrea and more

Friday, March 13, 2009

Arty and Interviews

Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow

I have work about actresses playing other actresses in biopics in the current 'Fame' issue of Arty magazine which you can buy online here: Arty Magazine

still image from 'The Audrey Hepburn Story' by Sarah Doyle

Here are links to two interviews connected to my Biopic work recently shown at
Transition Gallery for the Too Much Is Not Enough exhibition

Jotta profile of Sarah Doyle's biopic paintings

Run Riot interview with Sarah Doyle

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Zero De Conduite

27.02.2009, from 20:00 until late

Start Time:
Friday, February 27, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 3:00am

Elevator Gallery
Mother Studios
Queens Yard
White Post Lane
Hackney Wick
London E9 5EN
tel: 0772 419 5479

A platform for performance artists, musicians, sound artists, video and filmmakers, followed by an after Party.

Artist Oriana Fox will be composing an reinactment of Yves Klein's performance painting where he used "living paintbrushes". He covered nude women models with his signature blue paint (International Klein Blue, IKB) and then in a piece of performance art in front of an audience "painted" with them on large sheets of paper by directing them verbally. Instead of using naked women Fox will be using male performers.

Geisha brings to Elevator her exotic and erotic electro pop and the legendary Craig Template returns.

Also exciting new video art screenings and installation around the gallery space including Sarah Doyle's 'Dancehall Danceoff'.

DJ's will groove with you late into the night...




Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kiss Of A Lifetime

My piece in the Kiss Of A Lifetime show is based on the William March book and 1956 film “The Bad Seed”. The focus of the film is Rhoda a murdering sociopath child. She uses the phrase ‘what would you give me for a basket of kisses?’ to ingratiate herself and get what she wants from adults. Her syrupy facade hiding the fact she is a murderer and "a cold, self-sufficient child who plays by her own rules".

Start Time:
Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 5:30pm
End Time:
Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 4:00pm

Show info:
The Kiss of a Lifetime is a limited edition print show featuring the work of both internationally renowned artists and emerging talent from the UK and abroad.

This show aspires to give an overview to what the ‘Kiss’ signifies within our contemporary culture in the broadest sense, from the romantic to the lifesaving, from the prosaic to the violent.

The show is presented salon style, with the artists proofs pinned to the wall – like that of a love forlorn bedroom covered in posters of idolisation.

With over Ninety artists the show features; Mark Applegate, Magda Archer, Edward Barton, Paul Becker, Dave Beech, Stratton Barret, Divyesh Bhanderi, Simon Blackmore, Andrew Bracey, Brass Art, Lee Campbell, Paul Caton, Suki Chan, Lucienne Cole, Jane Chavez-Dawson, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Sandy Christie, Faye Claridge, Philip Constable, Nick Crowe, Sophia Crilly, Antony Crook, Gordon Dalton, Alexandra David, Jo David, Stephen Davids, Gary Daly, Paul Davis, [deletia], Sarah Doyle, Sam Ely & Lynn Harris, Tim Etchells, Freee, Doug Fishbone, Bec Garland, Dom Garwood, Dave Gledhill, David Griffiths, S Mark Gubb, David Hancock, Shona Handley, Paul Harfleet, Richard Healy, Andy Hewitt, Len Horsey, Rachael House, Stewart Home, Hilary Jack, Mel Jordan, Naomi Kashiwagi, Mark Kennard, Serena Korda, Abigail Lane, Jean-Pierre Lapeyre, Wiebke Leister, Chara Lewis, Charles Lindsay, Katrin Lock, Cathy Lomax, Tessa Lynch, Jo McGonigal, Mark McGowan, Rory MacBeth, Jude Macpherson, Melanie Manchot, Jim Medway, Alexis Milne, Jason Minsky, Kristin Mojsiewicz, David Molloy, Franz Otto Novotny, Joerg Obergfell, Matthew Pawson, Gary Peploe, Vinca Petersen, Anneké Pettican, Harry Pye, Brian Reed, Katy Richardson, Isabel Rock, Liam Scully, Kenny Schachter, David Shrigley, Pamela So, Lisa Solminski, Paul Stanley, Chris Taylor, William Titley, James Topple, Jessica Voorsanger, Charlotte Young, Kai-Oi Jay Yung, John Walsh, Wendy and her Friends, Simon Woolham, Andrea Zapp, + Further Special Guests TBA…

See the BBC news report about the show

Rogue Artists' Studios & Project Space
66-72 Chapeltown Street
Manchester, M1 2WH
t. +44 (0)161 273 7492

Special thanks to: Alyson Doocey, Wendy Roberts, David Gledhill, Sophia Crilly, BEARSPACE and VANE.

This show is dedicated to Tony Hart rip.

Refreshments provided by: BECKS, APOTHECA & DOUGH.



Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Too Much Is Not Enough

Sarah Doyle is showing paintings and a short animation of actresses playing other actresses in biopics for the too much is not enough show.

Kim L Pace, Jessica Voorsanger, Gavin Toye, Cathy Lomax, Sarah Doyle

10 January - 8 February 2009
Fri-Sun 12-6pm
Private View: Friday 9 Jan 6-9pm

'Fandom is one of the purest forms of unrequited love; it is both euphoric and destroying. You love them and they don't want to be anywhere near you.' Jessica Voorsanger.

The delirium of fame and fandom along with the darker underbelly of worn out and depraved celebrity define the work in this show by five artists who each have their own fascination with this heady subject matter.

The psychological compensation of either identifying with, or idolising a star can be seen as an attempt to make up for the inadequacies of modern life. However far from being a reactionary dismissal of these adolescent and dysfunctional yearnings, the participating artists deem identification with their subject matter and wry humour a legitimate site from which to work.

Themes in the show include Patrick Swayze and his equine love interest, the inevitable end of the kitsch Hollywood idol Jayne Mansfield, screaming teenage fans, actresses playing other actresses and karaoke wannabes.

Transition Gallery
Unit 25a Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8 4QN
07941 208566 / 020 8986 3888

See more images from Too Much Is Not Enough here on Flickr