Dr Sarah Rice is an art-theorist, visual artist and writer. She holds a PhD and university medal in Philosophy, and a graduate diploma in Visual Art. Sarah trained in ceramics and drawing, makes visual art in response to poetry and visa versa, and collaborates with other artists across diverse media.

She runs ‘ekphrastic’ art/poetry workshops in conjunction with institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre, Craft ACT, and Canberra Museum and Gallery; and writes exhibition catalogue essays (most recently for the Foreign Looking: Mike Parr exhibition, NGA), as well as writing ‘creative’ academic papers such as for Text Journal’s recent special issue on ‘Creativity’, and the special issue on ‘The Line’ for Axon Journal. She co-curated the Ceramics Triennale exhibition Surround/s at Canberra Potters Society. Her own visual work has lately been exhibited at M16, ANCA, and the Inner North Art Show at the Front Gallery. 

Sarah has lectured intermittently at the School of Art, ANU since 1994, focusing most recently on practice-led research for the craft and design program. She was commissioned by Art Monthly to write a series of ekphrastic poems in response to Ian North’s photographic Canberra Series, and commissioned by CMAG to write poetry in response to their Urban/Suburban exhibition.

Her collaborative work On the Mountain with ceramicist Patsy Hely (poetry on hand-painted porcelain vessels) was exhibited at Craft ACT, and her neon poetry collaboration with glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock was part of the Noted and You Are Here Festivals. Sarah has won or been shortlisted in many national and international poetry competitions such as the inaugural Ron Pretty, Bruce Dawe, and Gwen Harwood Poetry Prizes, and she has published extensively in poetry journals and anthologies. Sarah’s limited-edition art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints Patsy Payne, Ampersand Duck, 2010) is held in the permanent collection of the NGA and other public institutions, and her full-length poetry manuscript Fingertip of the Tongue has recently been published with UWAP.


Sarah Rice reads 'My father's portrait'