Level Up

Level Up is an exciting new project from Figment Arts.  We are delighted to have received funding from Arts Council England and Chalk Cliff Trust to undertake this work.

Level Up is an artist development project for learning disabled artist Sarah Watson (see Sarah’s profile below).  She is supported by Producer Clare Sheppeard (see Clare’s profile below).  Sarah will be mentored by professional artists working in photography, print-making, digital illustration and painting.

Mentors include photographer Simon Roberts and Tanya Raabe-Webber

From April 2019, Sarah and Clare will establish the Figment Arts Studio, which will meet at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton on the first Wednesday of the month, from April to September.

Are you an artist with learning disability, Autism or additional needs? Are you a support worker with experience of the arts world? Get in touch with us to find out more.

Sarah Watson

Sarah at work in the studio

Multi skilled, self-taught, I think differently. I have been an artist since I was 15. Art helps to maintain my focus and helps with my anxiety. I am chair of trustees of Carousel, a member of Oska Bright Film Festival

I express myself through my art. I use lots of different media and techniques: drawing, painting, animation, photography, pen, inks and digital art.

My work is colourful, expressive and bold. I love experiment­ing and layering colour, patterns and images. My inspirations and influences include films, Van Gogh and Instagram.

Sarah has been working with Figment Arts since 2017, initially on her Wonderland project, and now working on Level Up.

Sarah’s portrait of Jason Eade, time-lapse video

Clare Sheppeard

Clare has worked in the arts sector for 15 years as a freelance curator and producer working with a range of artists and organisations. She has delivered projects for Brighton Photo Fringe, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Venice Biennale, Coastal Currents Festival and House Biennial, Brighton.

Venues for her independent projects include Limbo Margate, Phoenix Brighton and Fort Brockhurst an English Heritage site. Clare has experience of working with and supporting artists on a one to one basis, for group exhibitions and on new commissions. She completed the Carousel Volunteer training course in 2017 and has been working with Sarah as her artists advocate. She worked with Sarah on Figment Arts project, Wonderland and is supporting Sarah to attend the Artists Advisory Group meetings for Outside In.