Sarah Lee (b.1995)

Sarah Lee works in ceramics, charcoal, acrylics, pencil and textiles.

Artist Biography

Sarah Lee’s work is influenced by animals, architecture, history and literature, often blending these to make detailed annotations on life and the world around her. She has a collection of living sketch books which she takes everywhere she goes so that she can make images as she travels. She also makes lively depictions and cartoons of the life and movements of her cat Horatio.


How long have you been making art?          


“I’ve always done art as a hobby and I did it in secondary school. I did textiles GCSE in secondary school.”


What are your favourite art materials to work with?


“Textiles, ceramics and drawing”


What, or who, inspires you as an artist?


“Grinling Gibbons the sculptor and woodcarver. I’m interested in the style of Gibbons’ drawings of woods and nature, and wood carvings.  I also like the German painter and printmaker Albrecht Durer. I am amused by some of his animal paintings. Some are very realistic and others are like he has heard of them and filled in what they look like with blanks so they look a little weird.”


In 2021 Sarah is taking part in Narratives, the third in our pioneering ‘Conversations Series’, in which learning disabled artists work alongside emerging contemporary artists over several months, producing new work through an equal exchange of art and ideas.


Sarah also took part in the first Conversation Series, OutsiderXchanges, in 2016, and her resulting work was exhibited at The Manchester Contemporary and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.   




PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts and various Manchester venues, October 2018 – February 2019


OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 2016


OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios 2016