Sarah Douglas is an engagement consultant and educator working at the intersection of art, education and social impact. Her mission is to create and enable educational methods that transform people’s experience, understanding and ability. She achieves this by leading strategic projects, and developing and delivering inspiring learning and engagement experiences – from large-scale creative projects to lectures, workshops, learning programmes and exhibitions. Sarah’s work rests on a background in Fine Art - she received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and holds a lectureship in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School - and a subsequent career in art practice, education and enterprise. Her current work focuses on how art and design approaches can be used to engage and educate the public on emerging and important social issues.
As both a freelance consultant and through the company she founded, The Liminal Space, Sarah has over 10 years experience leading successful strategic projects and delivering engagement programmes for leading educational and cultural organisations, and major brands including: Arts Council England, British Council, Future Foundation, Hackney Council, Imperial College Healthcare, O2 Telefonica, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal College of Art, The School of Life and Visa Europe.
The Liminal Space’s most recent project, Timeless, used the creative vehicle of a fictional beauty brand and pop-up shop to engage people to consider their options around egg freezing and fertility, whilst raising public debate on how these advances in biomedicine could impact the world of work, relationships and wider society. This major public engagement project secured significant funding from Wellcome Trust and London School of Economics & Political Science, and generated wide public engagement and debate through extensive press coverage (features in Observer Magazine, Guardian, Sky News, BBC radio, Marie Claire, Grazia, New Scientist, Vice and Design Week, amongst others), and 1000s of visitors to the Timeless shop and website.
Find out more about Timeless: www.time-less.org
Some examples of recent projects include:
- Leading a six-month high impact arts engagement programme to define identity and engage ‘hard to reach’ young people from ethic minority groups. (Allen & Overy & Tower Hamlets)
- Design and delivery of organisation-wide staff engagement workshops to diagnose and address key challenges in Children’s Social Care Services, Lambeth Local Authority. (Morning Lane Associates)
- Design of arts-based learning programme to engage sex workers and women who have had multiple children removed. (Pause & Hackney Local Authority)
- Programme design and strategy to re-focus and increase the impact of learning opportunities offered by educational charity Cumberland Lodge. (The Point People)
- Design of engagement activities and hands-on workshops to bring gallery exhibitions to life through participation events and experiences for 1000 participants (Royal Academy of Arts)
- Design of deep-dive innovation and insight programme connecting UK and Korean social businesses for co-creation and collaboration (British Council)