Lucy Sabin (she/her) is an artist-researcher whose mixed media practice blends environmental humanities, embodied experience and new media. Her recent projects commissioned by Modern Art Oxford – Breathworks and Breathing Worlds – used participatory methods and curatorial practices to articulate and highlight the political and personal theme of breathing. The thematic timeliness of these projects garnered attention from BBC Radio 4 and BBC Arts as well as support from Art Fund and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Lucy will continue to explore imaginaries of breath, air and the atmosphere as part of her practice-related PhD between the UCL Department of Geography and Slade School of Fine Art with an LAHP award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her supervisors are Professors Andrew Barry (Geography) and Joy Sleeman (Art History). Lucy is a member of the ‘chemical exposures’ reading group at UCL. She sees herself as part of a wider movement that strives to join the dots between arts and sciences, materiality and phenomenology, facts and feelings.
Lucy draws upon a Master of Research (MRes) degree in Communication from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Liberal Arts (First-Class) with French, Spanish and Philosophy from Durham University. Thanks to the ERAMUS scheme, she spent a ‘year abroad’ studying Fine Art at the Universidade de Vigo as part of her undergraduate degree. Having learned some software development with peer-led communities like Founders & Coders, Lucy initially entered the working world as a freelance designer and front-end developer on the startup scene. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she also trained to teach accessible, culturally-aware yoga with the Vajrasati School. Spending much of her time in Brighton on the British South Coast, Lucy rents a small studio within the premises of frontline charity and community hub, Brighton Youth Centre. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton, University for the Creative Arts and Arts University Bournemouth.