Sarah Jones is interested in the intersection of design and visual arts. Her practice contests and questions the relationship and relevance of these two fields. Jones has worked within the visual arts for the past fifteen years both as a collaborative and solo artist.
She co-founded West Space Inc. with Brett Jones in 1992.
Alongside traditional academic publication she also actively participates in design practice and exhibition. She has had her work represented in a number of exhibitions locally and overseas. Since 1990 these include West Space, Platform, CCP, Linden, Para/Site Art Space Hong Kong, Annandale Galleries, Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Ian Potter Gallery, RMIT, Project Space, Monash's Switchback and Faculty Gallery.
Prior to joining The University of Tasmania in 2012, Sarah from 1995-2011 was the Co-ordinator, of Honours, Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication program, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design Monash University. Currently Sarah is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Visual Communication.
|Degree||Title of Thesis||University||Country||Awarded|
|BA (Fine Arts)||Object based Practice||Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology||Australia||2013|
|MR-Des||Swinburne University of Technology||Australia||2009|
|BA (Fine Arts)||Monash University||Australia||1988|
She has significantly contributed in the writing and introduction of two graphic design-based degrees at Monash; the first Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) in 2005, and the latest Bachelor of Communication Design in 2011. Since 2014 she has been responsible for managing the GAP (Graphics and Practice) studio, a program unique to UTAS.
Sarah's expertise are the key disciplines of graphic design studio practice, publication design and typography.
Bachelor of Visual Communication:
- Graphic Design systems and structures
- Newspaper Design
- Bespoke Publication Design
- Object based Design
My research is focussed in two distinct areas the first being on how graphic design systems and structures influence and shape our emotive and social relationship with society. I examine how graphic design within ephemeral artefacts of the everyday, such as the newspaper, gives visual expression to social myths, shaping narratives of ordinary people's lives into soap operas, which we consume voraciously and somewhat unconsciously. The central aim of my research is to challenge the anonymous, if not unseen, nature of graphic design and its central role within the media in shaping popular and consumable images of community and citizenship.
The second stream of research is the study of the materiality and sensory experience of place and how this can be interpreted, re framed and contextualised poetically through the jewellery/design object.
- 2005- Enhancing the Monash Experience, $10,000
- 2000: Australia Council New Work Grant with Brett Jones, $20,000
- 1997: Arts Victoria, Art Development Grant with Brett Jones, $10,000
- 1995: Australia Council, Professional Development of Artists & Craftspeople Grant with Brett Jones, $10,000
I am currently working on a body of work for three curated exhibitions taking place as part of the Radiant Pavilion Festival to be held in Melbourne in early September 2015.
Fields of Research
- Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
- Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
- Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
- The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
- Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
Sarah co-founded West Space Inc. with Brett Jones in 1992 and Outward Project, with Brett Jones, Stephen Loo and Marie Sierra in 2013. For both of these spaces she played a significant role in the creative and design direction of the identity, website, publications and associated ephemera. I was the project coordiantor for Outward. She was responsible for the art direction and design for Dialogue arts journal (1996-2000).
Writing and publication has been instrumental to West Space's critical success alongside its international curatorial program. She has worked with various arts institutions in Australia and overseas to produce experimental art catalogues and books.
The maintenance of a design and exhibition practice is essential to her role as a design educator and as a credible and respected advisor to both undergraduate and post grad students.
She has contributed to one journal and nine Conferences.
Conference Publication(1 outputs)
|2017||Fountain WG, Veness Z, Kratz SJ, Wise CJE, Jones SL, 'Preparing to Co-design new Design Education for Tasmania, Design Island', Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, 30 May- 2 June, Design School Kolding, Denmark, pp. 750. ISBN 978-87-93416-15-4 (2017) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Fountain WG; Veness Z; Kratz SJ; Wise CJE
Major Creative Work(4 outputs)
|2015||Jones SL, 'BUDA 2015 Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award', Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, 2015 (2015) [Curated Exhibition]|
|2015||Jones SL, 'Waiting to be noticed, Ginger Boy wears Jewels, Melbourne, Radiant Pavilion', Radiant Pavilion, Ginger Boy (2015) [Curated Exhibition]|
|2015||Jones SL, 'Serial Exchange', Loop Project Space, Loop Project Space (2015) [Curated Exhibition]|
|2014||Jones SL, 'Future Strategies From the New Art Alumni', RMIT, Project Space, Spare room, RMIT (2014) [Curated Exhibition]|
Other Creative Work(1 outputs)
|2016||Jones S, '2016 National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2016', Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, pp. 1 (2016) [Minor Creative Work]|
To date Sarah has received five competitive grants, three with Brett Jones, from The Australia Council and Arts Victoria, and one from the Tasmanain Regional Arts. She has also won internal Monash grants including $10,000 from the 'Enhancing the Monash Experience Award' that paid for the production and exhibition of an international publishing project titled, Connect.
Whilst at Monash University she supervised two higher degree students: one a Masters by Research student and the other a Doctor of Philosphy. As well as supervising Research based Masters/PHD she has also coordinated and taught within the Visual Communication (Honours) and the course-work Masters programs both at the Tasmanian College of the Arts and Monash University.
|PhD||Meta Graphic Novel: Questioning and exploring the graphic novel in an expanded form as storytelling technic and visual art exhibition project||2017|