Dr Sarah Charalambides

Staff details

Dr Sarah Charalambides




Visual Cultures


s.charalambides (@gold.ac.uk)

Sarah's research engages conceptual reconfigurations of the precarious in art and visual culture.

Dr Sarah Charalambides is a visually trained art theorist interested in the exchange between creative practice and critical knowledge production. With a PhD in Visual Cultures and an interdisciplinary background in subjects such as Graphic Design (BDes), Art History (BA) and Contemporary Art Theory (MRes), she teaches across a wide range of modules relating to modern and contemporary art theory, history and practice.

The academic research underlying Sarah’s pedagogical practice centres on the relationship between radical politics and aesthetic practices, as seen through the workings of representation and visual culture. Engaging conceptual reconfigurations of precarious work and life from a global perspective, her research considers 21st century artistic and activist practices that resist and transform the ways in which subjectivities are rendered insecure and pitted against one other through the neoliberal imperative of competition and self-optimisation.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Visual Cultures 2020
  • Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2018
  • MRes Contemporary Art Theory 2014
  • BA Art History 2013
  • BDes Graphic Design 2008

Teaching and supervision

Currently Sarah teaches BA first year core module Modernities, second year option module Popular Modernism and placement module Visual Cultures as Public Practice.

Previously she taught on BA modules Seeing and Showing, Beyond Boundaries, Frontiers of Performance Art, Inhabitations, Cohabitations, The Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Studies, Envisioning Music Criticism

Grants and awards

2014: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Scholarship
Scholarship for MPhil/PhD in Visual Cultures

2014: VSBfonds Scholarship
Scholarship for MPhil/PhD in Visual Cultures

2015: Erasmus+ Student Mobility Grant
Student Mobility Grant for period of study at the Institute for Art and Visual History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE

Professional projects

Passionate about disseminating art-critical thinking and visual literacy to people from all walks of life, Sarah also 'thinks' and 'does' visual cultures with young adults in non-academic contexts such as Buitenkunst, Kunstbende, The Brilliant Club as well as Art Academy London and City and Guilds of London School of Art