Sarah-Jane Mason is a Creative Practitioner & Educator who specialises in using mixed media approaches to personal and participatory arts projects. She believes that creativity is the key that unlocks learning and that play and experimentation are important parts of the creative process. As such, collage is a natural and often used process in her exploratory work.
Sarah-Jane comes from a traditional Fine Art background. She studied for a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moore's University (UK) and DipCipris (a postgraduate degree) in Fine Art at the Cyprus College of Art (Cyprus). Continuing her studies, she focused on creative education, completing a PGCE (Art & Design) at the University of Leeds (UK) and a Post-16 Teaching Certificate at Cyprus College of Art (Cyprus).
As part of her work in creative education, Sarah-Jane runs a publishing company, Next Generation Publications, that publishes visual books created by and for children and young people. To support grassroots artists and the creation of a global creative network, Sarah-Jane is the director of an annual, international, contemporary art festival, Festival De Arte by Lacuna Festivals (Lacuna Festivals is a collaborative project with land artist Simon Turner.)
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Sarah-Jane works with all age groups from 4 years old upwards, offering workshops and projects in both formal and informal education settings. Family learning is of great importance to her and as such she really enjoys delivering inter-generational projects and encouraging family members to work creatively together.
As a freelance practitioner, Sarah-Jane offers a number of regular sessions including The Creativity Machine and Create. Meditate. Authenticate, see below for more information:
The Creativity Machine - A virtual space where up to 10 children/young people can work on various creative projects including Arts Award certification, portfolio creation and material/technique exploration and experimentation.
Create. Meditate. Authenticate. - Monthly sessions that encourage teenagers and young adults to connect with their authentic selves through a combination of meditation, mindfulness and creative practice.
In addition, Sarah-Jane works as an Artist Educator for arts spaces such as Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and for Arts charities including the Leeds-based, Skippko. She is also involved in carnival arts in the UK through the fiercely inspiring AnonyMas troupe and The AAA Team, both based in Leeds.