Sarah Jayne Bird

Artist / Teacher

Mid Level
London, United Kingdom
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About me

I have been teaching Art and Photography for the last eight years whilst continuing to engage with my own personal practice. I have been exhibiting, winning the odd prize and designing fabric for Unclaimed Upholstery alongside my teaching, and filling up sketchbook after sketchbook on my commute. I'm brimful of ideas. I continue to engage with my own personal practice and I am dedicated to staying abreast of developments within the art world. I regularly attend workshops and art-educational events in my own time, for example, I took part in a week-long ‘Summer School’ at Tate Modern, during which I explored how young people can access contemporary art and engage in a gallery environment. I am always looking to engage with arts and community projects. Before I was a teacher, I was a PA, and I still like to organise things. I have a strange penchant for filing and like nothing more than ticking off a big 'to-do' list. When I've finished my own, I start other peoples. Maybe yours could be next?

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  • Creative Arts
  • Art History
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Photoshop
  • Art Teaching
  • Art Educatiom
  • Academic Research
  • Teaching Photography
  • PA

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Camberwell College of Arts (UAL)

    Camberwell College of Arts (UAL)

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    Morpeth Secondary School

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      Lacuna Projects

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        Work history


        Teacher of Art and Photography

        Forest Hill School

        Sep 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • I have been teaching Art and Photography for eight years at inner-London comprehensives. I am committed to providing my pupils with an inclusive Art education and I believe a sense of achievement and worth for all is essential. In my practice I am as comfortable teaching 3D techniques as I am drawing, painting, designing and printmaking. I believe these ideas and methods should be placed in an art-historical context that embraces social and cultural diversity, and my Art History background supports me in this. Overall, I teach a balance of traditional and technical methods while allowing pupils to take ownership of their work via more innovative means.


        Project Assistant


        Feb 2018 - Aug 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Assisting with merchandising and artist’s limited editions promoting major public artworks in the city, including Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett, unveiled in Parliament Square in April.


        Project Assistant

        Lacuna Projects

        Oct 2017 - Aug 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • Supporting the director in delivering public art projects in London. such as the eighth edition of Sculpture in the City, showcasing artworks by well-known artists such as Sarah Lucas and Tracey Eminent alongside emerging artists.


        Teacher of Art and Photography and KS3 Co-ordinator

        Morpeth Secondary School

        Jul 2009 - Jul 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • During my teaching career at Morpeth I have organised and delivered a Primary School Liaison initiative at four local primary schools, helping to prepare children for further art education. I also founded the ‘Future Creatives’ initiative at one of my schools, whereby pupils who were not able to study art due to curriculum restrictions could keep their practice going via workshops, creative career trips and sketchbook meetings. In the face of recent cuts to creative subjects in schools, I have arranged initiatives to promote the arts. During the Big Draw I have organised ‘Stop, Drop and Draw’ events, during which the whole school (staff and students) stopped what they were doing and made a drawing on a luggage tag, each of which were then hung up around school in celebration. I have contributed to yearly Staff Art Exhibitions, and have shown work at an exhibition of teachers’ art at the Four Corners Gallery. I take every opportunity to work with other departments within schools; I recently arranged for a variety of pupils’ artwork to be used by the English department as stimuli for a creative writing project run by a visiting author. The results were published in a book. Learning to teach both darkroom and digital Photography was a huge challenge, but a rewarding one. It has expanded my subject knowledge and stretched my capabilities as a classroom teacher, managing pupils in a darkroom, on location and with the use of chemicals and expensive equipment. I have been privileged to witness how the medium of Photography allows the learner to build a sense of social identity and value as a producer of meaningful art. I keep up with technological developments and take every opportunity to extend my skills in blogging, podcasting and image-editing software. In an increasingly digital and transitory environment, I am able to embrace new technologies and alternative modes of learning. I have good working knowledge of Photoshop and believe this to be an increasingly essential digital tool in art, craft and design. Throughout my teaching career I have organised various trips to galleries, museums and locations, both in London and abroad and in collaboration with the History, Languages and Science departments. More recently, I have arranged to take a group to a digital workshop run by an artist for the ‘Brick Box’ project in Whitechapel, which aims to give a voice to the community as to how art is used in their area. Opportunities to engage with art outside the classroom allows pupils to understand art in a range of contexts that can often be made more personal to them. It is also becoming increasingly important as creative subjects are reduced in schools.


        PA to Programme Directors

        Camberwell College of Arts (UAL)

        Apr 2006 - Aug 2008
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • Answering to the Directors of Foundation, HE and Post-graduate levels, I managed and co-ordinated diaries, travel arrangements, events and meetings. I also took on HR duties.



        PGCE in Secondary Art and Design Education

        Institute of Education

        Sep 2008 - Jul 2009
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Modules undertaken in Learning Beyond the Classroom, New Technologies and Assessment. Includes 90 M-Level Credits for Subject Studies and Exhibition.


        BA(Hons) Fine Art History of Art

        Goldsmiths, University of London

        Sep 2002 - Jul 2005
        • London, United Kingdom
        • • Major in Fine Art Studio Practice • Art History modules: Patterns of Perception; Postmodernities; The Truth in Painting; Sites of Memory.


        National Diploma, Art Foundation

        Buckinghamshire new university

        Sep 2001 - Jul 2002
        • United Kingdom
        • • Introductory modules: Fine Art; Digital Art; Sculpture; Fashion Design; Textiles • Specialisation: Fine Art


        3 A-levels; 9 GCSEs A-B

        Dr Challoner’s High School

        Sep 1995 - Jul 2001
        • United Kingdom
        • A-Levels: Art (A); English Literature (A); Politics (B) 9 GCSEs: Art (A); English Language (A); Mathematics (B); Science (A); Product Design (B); German (B); Geography (B); ICT (B).