Sarah Rhys is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Bristol and South Wales. She is interested in reinterpretation of landscape, alchemical process, folklore, deep time, museum curation and aesthetics. Her response to these themes are made in a range of media such as geological material, moving image and print.

Sarah’s inital specialism was in Architectural Glass which she studied at Swansea Art School. Later she was later awarded an MFA at Bath Spa University in 2004. Sarah gained a Post graduate Diploma in Multi- Disciplinary Printmaking at The University of the West of England, Bristol (2013)

Sarah is also a qualified teacher (BA QTS)  who has  taught, lectured and facilitated workshops since 1994 in schools, colleges, museums and galleries.


                          Selected  Exhibitions and Events

2020 TAPS NOW @ Kosar Contemporary, Bristol

2020  ‘In Free Fall’ @ Centre of Gravity. Soapworks, Bristol

2020 Place:Soapworks publication for @ Centre of Gravity, Soapworks, Bristol

2020 Alumni Show. Bath Spa University, Bath

2019 Loss & Lucidity, Fabrica Braco de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal

2019 Behind the Scenes  Studio talk @ Spike Island, Bristol

2019 Hidden, group exhibition part of Fringe Arts Bath.

2019 Spike Open Studios. 

2019 BEEF (Bristol Expermimental Expanded Film) members screening @ Brunswick Club, Bristol

2018. Show- reel Re-emergence project for National Trust Wales @ National Eisteddfod, Cardiff

2018  Black Mountain College – a celebration. A Glasfryn Project, Crickhowell, Powys

2018 An Expanded View of Drawing . Group show. Riverfront Art Centre, Newport

2018 Gogoneddus Ach-y-Fi. Group show. Cardiff Metropolitan University

2017-18 Coal Tree Salt Sea, artist book @ Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West of England, Bristol

2017 Annual Open Exhibition Royal Academy of West of England (RWA), Bristol

2017 Library of Pilgrimages and Something of Place.  Double group show by ‘Space Place Practice’. Trowbridge Art Centre, Wiltshire.

2017 Coal Tree Salt Sea, Oriel Q, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

2017 Liminal Presence . Oriel Fach @ Oriel Q, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

2017 Photocopy Show. Spike Island, Bristol.

2017 DRAWN. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2017 ‘Kunstlerbucher fur Alles’ (Artists’ books for everything). Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany

2017 Coal Tree Salt Sea. Abergavenny Museum, Monmouthshire.

2016 Beyond the Page, Allsop gallery, Bridport Dorset.

2016  Oriel A r c h i p e l a g o , National Eisteddfod, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

2016 Coal Tree Salt Sea,  Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff

2016  Liminal Presence, Mission Gallery, Swansea

2016 Sacred Art : Journey to the Numinous group exhibition. Aberglasney House and Gardens, Carmarthenshire

2016 Al Mutanabbi Street Inventory touring exhibition. The Basile Gallery at Herron School of Art, IUPUI University Indiana, and then George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia. USA

2015 Mari Lwyd exhibition and event, The Art Chapel, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

2015 Coal Tree Artist residency exhibition at The Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru, Ystradgynlais, Powys

2015 Coal Tree. Installation in the landscape, Cwmgiedd, Ystradgynlais, Powys

2015 Mini residency at The Mission Gallery, Swansea

2015 ‘Something of Place‘ Group exhibition. Aberystwyth University Art Gallery, Ceredigion

2015  ‘Artist Residency’ exhibition at The Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru, Ystradgynlais, Powys

2014 ‘Winter Show 2014′ Oriel Barker Gallery, Pontypool Museum, Torfaen

2014 ‘Narrative and Place’ event for CIVIC@ Cardiff Contemporary

2014 ‘First Impressions‘ Group exhibition with The Out of Print Collective, The Create Centre Gallery, Bristol

2013 ‘Drawn’ group exhibition. ‘All Day Breakfast Gallery’ Broadmead, Bristol

2013 ‘Deep mapping’ exhibition at University of West of England gallery

2013 Sheffield International Artists’ Book Exhibition, Sheffield

2013 ‘Deep mapping’ for the  ‘walking in the city’ (In The City Series 3)  Commissioned by PLaCE  and The Showrooms Project. Parlour Show Rooms, Bristol

2013 Co-curated  ‘walking/talking’. Commissioned by PLaCE.  Parlour Show Rooms, Bristol

2013 ‘BABE‘ (Bristol Artists’ Book Event), Arnolfini, Bristol

2013 ‘Period of Grace’. Group show, Period of Grace, Park St, Bristol

2013 ‘ The Library of Lost Books’. Group show exhibited at the opening of the New Birmingham Library in November  onto Wolverhampton University and then onto various venues.

2013  ‘Al Mutanabbi Street Inventory’. Touring group exhibition starting at John Rylands Library, Manchester continuing to The Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle and then on from there. Concurrently exhibition at Cambridge Arts Council , Cambridge, Massachusetts which then moves onto The Centre for Book Arts, New York City in collaboration with poet’s House NYC. More venues are TBC.

2012 Group show. ‘Postcards from the Edge’, Barnabas Art House, Newport, Wales

2012  ‘Re-emergence: Concerning Memory and Place’  Solo exhibition at  Newton House, Dinefwr, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

2012-13 International Altered Book Project . A  touring exhibition at UWE Bristol , The Sydney Nolan Trust in Wales, Cardiff School of Art, Manly Library in  Sydney, Australia and The Milk Factory Gallery in Bowral, Australia.

2012 ‘What’s in the Box’.  An artist book collaboration and exhibition, UWE, Bristol.

2011 Group show.  Paintworks, Bristol.

2010  Group show. ‘Postcards from the Edge’, Barnabas Art House, Newport, Wales

2008 Solo exhibition of recent works. Ronnie’s Restaurant, Thornbury

2007 ‘Mortal : Momento Mori ‘ Group Show – The Old Protestant Cathedral, Bristol

2005 “Presque Vu” Mixed show, Paintworks, Bristol

2005 “Autumn exhibition” .  The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol

2005 Jamaica Street Studios Exhibition . Jamaica Street studios, Bristol

2005 “Drawn” – Drawing lab and group show at Plan 9, Bristol

2005 Exhibition at RUH .Royal United Hospital, Bath

2005 “Flatland”.Group show . Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

2004 MFA show – Bath Spa University, Bath

Selected Publications:

Invisible Scotland. Ed Mary Modeen. 2013. Moray School of Art Press, The University of the Highlands and Islands

Bringing Back The Book. J. Glaser and S. Kruse. 2013. London. Library of Lost Books

Coal Tree Salt Sea. S.Rhys. 2017. Coal Tree Press. Mamhilad, Wales

Theorie van de visuele communicatie. M.Bekaert. 2018. Academic Scientific Publishers/Politeia Edition, Brussels

Sarah has her work in various collections both in the UK and abroad.