research student

Sarah Phillips

Postgraduate Research Student

Sarah Phillips sat in a caravan


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



I have a background in public and participatory arts, and have worked as a producer and artist facilitator for organisations including Situations, Camden Arts Centre, Arts Admin and the Albany, Deptford. I also teach Visual Culture at UWE, Bristol, specialising in art and social change.

I am interested in multi-sensory and community art practice that creates spaces for people to share stories and be heard. I run my own non-profit arts organisation, Caravan Arts, using my vintage caravan to curate and co-produce projects across different sites with different communities. I have worked a lot with refugee groups and elders in London and Bristol over the past few years on projects that explore themes of home, belonging, place, movement and displacement.

My PhD research is about contemporary art and migration. I am focusing on ways stories of home and homeland are shared across borders and generations and expressed through contemporary arts in the UK. I'm also interested in how these can impact migrating peoples' sense of belonging. For the curatorial element, I will bring together artists with community groups to co-produce intergenerational, multi-sensory projects in my caravan and share with a broader public.

I currently live in Somerset with my partner and 5-year-old son.


Stories Across Borders; concepts of home and homeland in contemporary arts


Teaching responsibilities

I am an Associate Lecturer at UWE Bristol, lecturing on visual culture modules for undergraduate art students.