Sara Dare is an abstract painter and installation artist based in coastal Sussex and works throughout the South East and London, she was awarded a solo show at Rye Creative Centre whilst featuring at The Winter Salon Exhibition. Her paintings ‘In-between’ and ‘Peaked’ were selected for this prize by painter and curator Paula MacArthur and Victoria Howarth, Head of Exhibitions at The Jerwood Gallery.
Primarily working on a large-scale, she explores the limits of surface using paper, linen and canvas, combined with a varied range of mediums such as ink, oil, emulsion, acrylic and varnish. She is also concerned with the environment surrounding the works and the conversations between them, consistently working on several pieces simultaneously. Through the use of organic bold shapes and complex colour combinations in her painting Dare seeks to convey an initial playful light-heartedness followed by a sense of unease and tension.
Alongside her practice Dare seeks to work on inclusive and educational creative projects with diverse community groups and audiences. She has worked as an artist, workshop leader and consultant on a broad range of visual arts programmes with organisations in the health and gallery sector such as NHS Partnerships and Tate Liverpool.
Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Sid Motion Gallery – London, in 2017 C’est De La Peinture at Bankley Gallery – Manchester, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at Unit 3 Projects ASC Studios – London, in 2017 a solo exhibition Quick, Quick, Slow at Colonnade House Gallery – Worthing, in 2015 a solo feature at Design Junction, London Design Festival and in 2014 Dare was part of Littoral Drift a group exhibition during the Coastal Currents Festival in Hastings.