Illuminated River Foundation
Sarah is the Director of the Illuminated River Foundation, which is creating a major lighting artwork by artist Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands that will illuminate many of central London’s bridges. Once complete, the project will be the world’s longest permanent public art commission.
A commentator on cities, Sarah is a public space and public art expert and curator, and was previously Director of CABE Space at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment. She recently curated ‘Out There: Our Post-War Public Art,’ an exhibition at Somerset House for Historic England and discovered a lost work from the Festival of Britain. Sarah has been an Associate at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and a founder of Scarlet Projects and Made Public. For the last 5 years she has been the public realm champion at the Elephant and Castle and chairs the Community Forum. She is non-exec design director at Red Door Ventures an innovative residential developer owned by Newham Council.
She studied at both the Courtauld Institute and UCL and has a degree in Art History and a MA from the Royal College of Art/V&A. Sarah is an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute for her outstanding contribution to landscape and a co-founder of the London Festival of Architecture. She is the author of various books including ‘New Public Spaces’ and ‘Concrete Design’ both for Mitchell Beazley.