Artists‎ > ‎Artist Profiles‎ > ‎

Sara Hurley

Sara is a storyteller and workshop leader with a special interest in interpreting history and place. She encourages creativity and imagination, with people of all ages, through story making activities using oral telling, drama, movement, creative writing or craft techniques; and enjoys working outside and site-specifically. The rich world of traditional folk-tale and myth is at the heart of her practise.

Storytelling: Sara is interested in telling traditional stories from Devon, Britain and around the world as a listening, performance experience that can then be explored through bespoke workshops.

Story making: She creates narratives through non-written and written methods, developing language and literacy, creativity and sequential thinking, speaking, listening and co-operation skills.

Schools and Museums: Her work involves generating believable stories from social history, sometimes using objects.

Working outside creatively: She takes inspiration from the location and its people to make new stories and prompt personal ones.

Sara's work is informed by her years of experience in drama, dance and movement, creative writing and craft. Sara is also Director of integrated arts company ‘Blazing Tales’.
Recent projects                                                                                                                                                
Night in the Museum, Tiverton - Sara worked with Year 7 & 8 students who spent a Night in Tiverton Museum in early January 2011. They took part in three workshops producing creative writing, animations and some cardboard sculptures of Tiverton buildings throughout the ages.

The River Exe-pedition - Sara lead residential and outdoor workshops at different locations on the banks of The River Exe, from its source at Exford, in the Exe Valley, on its meandering banks as it neared Exeter, Exeter City Centre and Exmouth. The participants were from mixed-heritage families who live in the south-west. They learnt more about the history and stories of the river and how it links with rest of the world. The group created a new trail through song writing, visual arts and storytelling.

Jupiter and the Changing Animals - Celebrating Barnstaple’s heritage Sara worked with year 5’s and devised a shadow puppet opera based on an idea from a fable by Barnstapolian, John Gay who wrote The Beggar's Opera in 1728.

Other recent education and community projects include: Dartmoor Tales - interpreting the landscape with KS3 and a River’s Journey, Seaton- creative responses to history and places with years 3/4 ( both DAISI initiatives).