Principal Artists

Sharon Bennett is a socially engaged artist and collaborator. Working with communities, artists or family and friends, her work blurs the boundaries between traditional positions of artist, artwork and audience. Bennett’s practice opens up a space where participants can meet, play, and be generous or share in generosity.  In 2018 and 2019 Bennett was Artist in Residence at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. She has been interviewed by AN for their Artist Resource series and she is a recipient of their 2020 artist bursary award.

Bennett is co-founder of The Women’s Art Activation System with Sarah Dixon; of Croshare with Tom Jeram-West; and of Bennett and McDermott with Dan McDermott.

Sarah Dixon is a socially-engaged artist using a wide range of platforms and media to create participatory works. A founding member of the WAAS, her work explores how rituals and customs affect us and how we can update and modify them to give different experiences in the world.  Her work has been shown at the ICA, Oblong Gallery and on a cyberbus in Moscow. Residencies include Gloucester Library (2017) and Artist in Residence in Motherhood in 2016. Dixon is a recipient of an a-n mentoring award, and has been shortlisted for a-n and Jerwood Bursaries. She is in residence Sept-Dec 2020 at UNIDEE 2020 (Biella, Italy) ‘Embedded Arts in a Post-Pandemic Future’.