Dr Sarah Casey

Dr Sarah Casey


The LICA Building
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593172


Centre for Performance and Practice

Current Teaching

I am Director of Study for part one in Art and co-ordinate the teaching on the first year Fine Art studio practice course.  I also teach sculpture and installation on the 2nd and 3rd year studio practice modules. I also supervise the studio practice of postgraduates in Fine Art working in 3D or those working across drawing and sculpture.

Research Interests

My research is practice based, undertaken primarily through studio work. An ongoing concern is in probing the complex cultural, social, material and visual value of delicacy to find ways to analyse, interpret and represent the fugitive or visually elusive. On a formal level, this practice is typically characterised by a cross-fertilization of spatial and sculptural languages, processes and materials with those of drawing.

I am currently investigating hybrid approaches to drawing, informed by collaborations with medics, archaeologists and conservators which explore commonalties between approaches in drawing and those in professions that must cope with the delicate or fugitive in their routine practice. I am particlarly interested in what the analytical tools of Art might share with invesigative procedure in these Sciences. This research is grounded in fieldwork/ site visits and has seen me working in collaboration with scientists and other professionals on sites from Hadrian's Wall to Kensington Palace. Most recently, I have been working with the underwear collections at Kensington Palace towards a catalogue publication and solo exhibition at the palace, Hidden Drawers (Jan- May 2013). This recent work also explores themes of attraction, intimacy and revelation in relation to historical traditions in drawing and values in contermporary fine art drawing practice.

Explicit aims of this work are: identifying shared practice around mutual concerns with 'delicacy'; developing new studio methods; and generating forms of documentation that facilitate understanding of studio methodologies to establish a transferable model for cross-discipline knowledge exchange.

This emphasis on method and documentation reflects a further research interest in finding ways to discuss, understand and share knowledge of artists' studio methodologies.

Additional Information



Selected Publications

Hidden Drawers: a solo exhibition of new drawings

Casey, S. 9/01/2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

In Press

Common grounds lace drawn from the everyday: lace drawn from the everyday

Casey, S. 2/05/2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Paper, table, wall and after: 3 drawings exhibited in this exhibition

Casey, S., Bowen, S. & Dorsett, C. 28/11/2014

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Crossing the line: drawing as babel fish

Casey, S. & Davies, G. 18/12/2014

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014

Casey, S. 16/09/2014

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Common Grounds 3/52

Casey, S. 2014

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

A garland of thoughts: Ruskin and contemporary site/ sight sensitive drawing

Casey, S. & Davies, G. 03/2014 In: TRACEY. Drawing in Situ, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Drawing: a delicate issue

Casey, S. 2014 International Drawing Annual: An Exhibition in Print. Cincinnati: Manifest, Vol. 8

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


Salisbury open drawing

Casey, S. 5/10/2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Sketch drawing prize 2013: the UK's only national sketchbook drawing prize

Casey, S. 16/09/2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Walking the line: drawing in other terrains

Casey, S. & Davies, G. 2/07/2013

Research output: Contribution to conferenceSpeech

Darkness at the edge

Casey, S. 12/06/2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Hidden Drawers: a solo exhibition of new drawings

Casey, S. 9/01/2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Sarah Casey: Hidden Drawers

Casey, S. & Hill, D. 2012 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 32 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Drawing The Delicate: A solo exhibition of new drawings

Casey, S. 12/2012

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Laying Practice on the Line: Drawing as a Subject, Tool and Research outcome

Casey, S. 11/2012 The Art of Research: Processes, Results and Contribution. Makela, M. & O'Riley, T. (eds.). Helsinki: Aalto University School of Art and Design, Vol. II, p. 114-135 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter



Open Drawing

Casey, S. 10/2010

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Invisible Lines and Parallel Practice: Drawing Connections between Studio, Site and Laboratory

Casey, S. 09/2010

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Invisible Lines: Drawing the Delicate

Casey, S. 09/2010

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper


A Thing About Machines

Casey, S. 09/2009

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Glimpses: Solo exhibition

Casey, S. 05/2009

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Drawing Delicate Connections

Casey, S. 2009 Interrogations: Creative Interdisciplinarity in Art and Design Research. Doy, G. & Tormey, J. (eds.). Loughborough: Loughborough University and DeMontfort University, p. 39-50 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Art of Research

Casey, S. 25/11/2009

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

5th International Drawing Biennial

Casey, S. 2009

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Waking The Line: Drawing in Other Terrains

    01/04/2013 →
    Walking the Line is a Lancaster University research project led by Gerry Davies and Sarah Casey. It investigates artists and creative practices that transport drawing into unusual, and challenging sit ... Read more»