Sarah Bennett is an artist and academic whose practice-led research investigates institutional sites, both historical and contemporary, through embodied actions and digital recording methods. Recent projects include: Safe-keeping (Custodia), 2014 – an investigation of an archive of patients’ packaged possessions in the former Santa Maria Della Pieta psychiatric hospital in Rome; Institutional Traits, 2012 – an exploration of how identity card images reveal the continuous interaction with the security system of the workplace; and Reformations, 2010 – the outcome of Bennett’s doctoral research in which she addressed the containment of patients in a former Victorian built asylum in the United Kingdom. Bennett regularly publishes writings on public and sited art projects, and contributes papers to conferences in the fields of cultural geography, visual anthropology and museology.
Bennett is Associate Head of School of Art & Media and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Plymouth University. She is the liaison academic tutor between Plymouth University and Transart Institute’s MFA Creative Practice and PhD program, both of which are awarded jointly. She is also currently engaged in developing partnerships between Plymouth University and cultural organisations in Plymouth and internationally.