Sarah Warsop: BLA Jewellery Residency at the British Library

In 2012-13, Artquest worked with the British Library to create a research residency for a jeweller to base a new body of work on their collections. The residency (which included a bursary of £3,000 to develop and commercialise a new body of work; access to business advice in the Library’s Business & IP Centre; and marketing support) was an opportunity for a jeweller to take their work in a new direction by gaining access to the unique collections and curators at the British Library.

The residency was awarded to Sarah Warsop, a jeweller and choreographer. Through drawing, Sarah bridges dance and object making, capturing in jewellery the complexities and characteristics of human movement. As a dance artist, she has worked for the past 20 years with Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies Dance.

This short film charts Sarah’s experiences on the residency, her approaches to engaging with the British Library, its collections and curators, and the impact that a research residency has had on her practice.


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