Approved: 18.01.2015

Sarah Eyre

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 18.01.2015
  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Contexts: Project
  • Artforms: Mixed media, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: photography, mixed media, paper, sculptural, assemblage, gender, object, black & white, wigs, hair, collage, body, sculpture

Artist Statement

My work is concerned with an abiding fascination for the uncanny and the surreal in everyday objects, as well as an on-going exploration of relationship between hair and wigs and their relationship to gender and identity. My recent bodies of work Wigs and Furl were informed by a previous documentary study into detritus left lying around in a red-light district in Manchester. I became interested in fallen hair pieces (artificial extensions, weaves, etc) that I regularly found in the street. These strange relics were graphic metaphors for what went on in the area, either as evidence of broken femininity, quite literally 'fallen woman', or as symbols of the underlying violence that the women risked working there. Furl is an on-going project, still utilising hair in the form of wigs, but as a way of abstracting from the specifics of the sex industry in order to explore the construction female sexual identity in broader terms. My work for Furl investigates the wig as an object, separated from the body, allowing an exploration into what the interior of the wig might reveal. Using sculptural techniques such as cutting, folding, assemblage and layering I can literally open up the surfaces of the wig and create playful relationships between interior and exterior.  These fragile paper experiments hint at the flimsy surfaces that make up the masquerade of femininity. 


CV & Education

Sarah Eyre          

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2006            University of Huddersfield, PGCE Teaching in Further Education

2001            University of Salford, MA Documentary Film Production

1992            Nottingham Trent University, BA (Hons) Photography


Exhibitions & Curatational Projects

July 2015 Tracing Paper, Paper Gallery, Manchester

March 2015 Exposures - Format International Photography Festival, Derby

2014    Diorama, Blackpool's Hidden Theatres Blackpool and the Fylde College

2014    The Fielden Project, site specific exhibition, Todmorden, West Yorkshire

2013    My Head is an Animal, South Square Gallery, Bradford

2013    SEE: Undressing Identity, The Gallery, Blackpool & the Fylde Gallery

2013    Spreads – artist’s book, fringe exhibition, Renconntres d’Arles photography festival

2013            Agoraphobia: Spaces Within, Blackpool & the Fylde College

2013    ‘A family of fly poster exhibition, around Liverpool, part of Look 13

2012    Lucky Jotter (group show), FY1 Creative, Blackpool

2011    Twice Removed, Madlab, Manchester – with ‘A Family Of’

2011    A Family Of Beer mat as art project – distributed at arts spaces & festivals

2009    Road, Manchester Central Library – 3 photographers working on the theme of site.

2008             Subplotting, Mid Penine Arts, Burnley

2007             Bitmapping, Cornerhouse Project Space

2006    40 Shades of Green, Organic House, Hebden Bridge, solo show

2005    Light of a Kind, Ashton Art Gallery

2003    Paths of Desire, Sand bar, Manchester

1996    Diverse Cities, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

1995    Folly, Art in the bar, Manchester Gallery

1995    Signals: Womens Photography, Open Eye, Liverpool


Forthcoming Projects 


Film Screenings

2012 Fog, University of Angers Nouvelle et Cinéma Conference

2010 Witness Protection, Latitude Festival

2008 Streets, New Islington Festival & BBC Big Screen


Publications & Papers

2014 Of the Afternoon Magazine (portfolio of images & interview)

2013 Hunger Magazine (online HungerTV) (images and interview)

2013 Agoraphobia: Spaces Within exhibition catalogue

2012 Source Photographic Review, Issue 70 (images and interview)

2012 The Disappearing Image, Nouvelle et Cinéma conference, University of Angers, France

2011 Twice Removed poster / booklet (Cornerhouse Micro Commission)


Current Employment

2008 Part- time Lecturer BA (Hons) Photography, Blackpool & the Fylde College

2014 Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photography, Manchester School of Art