SARAH BECKETT

Artist-Poet

beckstt@gmail.com   Website : sarahbeckett.net

 

Beckett trained in France and England and began her life as an artist in Trinidad in 1969.  She has exhibited extensively across Europe, the Far East, the USA and the Caribbean. She has been writing poetry for many years which she links with the paintings and in 2012 her work was published in Maco Magazine (Trinidad) and was chosen as Poem of the Week for The Poetry Kit, UK.

In 2011 she directed a multi-arts event, ‘Mango Vert’, a Trinidad Quartet Productions Gala Night at the Little Carib Theatre.

At the National Academy for Performing Arts ,2011 and 2013,  in collaboration with the UTT String Quartet, she exhibited large charcoal drawings of The Passion; a visual expression of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Saviour.

She donated one of her Kairos series to the Trinidad Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund.

During 2008 – 2011 her work was displayed on the walls of The Trinidad Oval Cricket Ground and The Hyatt Hotel Waterfront as part of The People’s Canvas. 

In 2005 she founded, and was Creative Director for seven years for  Trinidad Quartet Productions (a non-profit  organization dedicated to Educative Creative Outreach initiatives, and the promotion of  Trinidad & Tobago’s culture internationally.)

Film

Beckett has directed two Educative Documentary films; ‘Alabaster Moon’, which was  premiered at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2008, and ‘Like an Angel’s Wing’ 2007.

Creative Outreach

She has worked with The Cotton Tree Foundation, donating work, taking exhibitions into the community and initiating and teaching Educative Creative Outreach programmes. In 2006 she designed a Creative Outreach Teaching programme for The Cotton Tree Foundation which won the Soca BPtt 2006 Award.

From 2001 – 2005 Beckett and John Vanneste, classical pianist, formed a creative alliance Polyphony.  They produced seven collaborative events, which were presented in Trinidad, Amsterdam, Guyana and London.

 During 1994 - 1995  Beckett, in collaboration with Theatre PKF she ran ‘The Engine Room’ , providing a forum for creative events staged at Beckett’s studio in London, featuring  The Death of the Maiden, The Poems of Lorca & Spanish Classical Guitar,  and Rapso Poems by Grenadian Poet, Malik de Coteau.

She has taught Fine Art at The University of the West Indies, is a the Trinidad & Tobago Art Society and is on the faculty of The Foundation for Human Development.  

Between 1988 - 1990  she was sponsored  by the German DG (Asia) Bank to exhibit,  paint and conduct workshops in Singapore and Malaysia.

From 1984 – 1988 she worked as Senior Arts Liaison Officer with the Ethnic Minorities Unit of the GLC, London, where she was responsible for exhibitions and events promoting Caribbean artists in London, culminating in an exhibition at the South Bank.

In the early eighties she was deeply involved with the St. Mary of  the Angels church in Notting Hill Gate  London where she designed and produced children’s Carnival Bands for the church for the Notting Hill Gate Carnival in London.

 


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