Sarah Farmer is a Birmingham based mixed media artist and musician primarily working with sound. Her practice explores questions of science, technology and culture, exploring them through hands on, DIY endeavours of making and sharing using sound, objects, performance and film. Work is often process lead, creating frameworks for enquiry and learning about our environments, histories and possible futures, and interrogating the knowledge systems we create to understand these. The work often probes specificity, working within the contexts of site specific installations/performance, improvisation, relational and participatory work and research lead projects.
As a musician, Farmer’s creative practice intersects folk, contemporary classical, free improv and experimental music. Whilst primarily a violinist, she also plays viola, harmonium and utilises electronics in her work. As a performer she is often called for when creative input is desirable and has worked with theatres, opera companies, songwriters, dancers, bands and creative ensembles in collaborative, improvised, scored and devised settings.
As an educator, Farmer has has worked in a wide variety of settings – schools (primary/secondary & colleges, mainstream & SEN), community groups, secure hospitals and arts organisations planning and delivering creative participatory projects and workshops. She also maintains a private music teaching practice, focussing on violin, viola and theory, both classical and folk approaches.