RISE Gallery is a window into the art and research outputs of Sarah Bissett Scott, artist and regeneration consultant.
Sarah's B&W photographs of places and people spring from living in North Kensington while establishing her professional credentials and studying at the Architectural Association. These images later informed her research into 'spatial justice' which developed through a number of years working in local authorities seeking funding and programming regeneration projects for communities, mainly in the Midlands, South and East of England.
These photographic records of London's W11 are contrasted with more recent photographs, charcoal portraits and abstractions.
Speaking in Abstractions
Sarah's art gathers different mediums for further understandings of communities and people and places: some of her charcoal portraits and abstractions were displayed at 'It's Only Black and White' for OPEN STUDIOS 2022 and 'Inside Out' for BIG MAKERS FAIR early in 2023. A new turn of exploring quick-shot pictures of buildings, people and places, extracted into abstract paintings, was shown at the BIG ART FAIR in June.
This theme is being expanded at OPEN STUDIOS - the 2023 edition - September-October this year: Details at the HVAF (Herts Visual Arts Forum) website.
Future Scape: In 2022 with inflation rising, economies shrinking, fuel and climate needs colliding, why analyse the basis for present problems and their solutions? West London is a precursor to East London's future, Woolwich and Greenwich show the fabric of some neighbourhoods still under stress. In the regeneration of the area juxtaposed with examples of ageing Modernist, reminders of past wealth like the Cutty Sark controversially displayed on a glass housing. Student projects in the local architecture college examine 'future ruins' - what will last from today's regeneration schemes? Urban designers focus in on balancing the complex demands of progress, spatial equity and accessibility with the essential element for well-being: clean air.
The learning is: 'spatial justice' requires analysis and therefore measures of its component values, to enable us to manage and deliver these multiple demands of regenerating place.