Sarah Catherine Firth is a Melbourne based artist, well known for her comics, illustrations, animations & films. Her artwork is odd, tender and often humorous, inspired by the everyday, serendipity and the uncanny.
Firth graduated with Honours from the ANU School of Art in 2006, and was the recipient of the Nigel Thompson Traveling Scholarship to Singapore. After graduation she was awarded her first solo exhibition with EASS and was selected for 25/25: Australia's top 25 artists aged 25 and under. Recently, she was commissioned by Experimenta Media Arts to create a new work and her animated self portrait was shown at the National Portrait Gallery. Her film “Face to Face: Children’s Stories” has been shown around the world at film festivals and recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Australian Shorts section of The Human Rights Art & Film Festival.
Sarah runs a small business, Sarah The Firth Creative Services, offering graphic recording, workshop design and facilitation, training, illustration, animation and filmmaking. Firth is a passionate advocate for using visualisation techniques and comic narrative structure as tools to help adults and children engage with projects, enhance learning, self-expression and intercultural dialogue and understanding
She has run intercultural comic projects with Amnesty International, and spent a year working with schools in Springvale to capture children’s stories of living in the most multi-culturally diverse place in Australia. In 2012 she received the Talking Difference Fellowship with the Immigration Museum, where she ran comic workshops with students to tackle race-based discrimination. Afterwards, Sarah spent two months in Puebla and Oaxaca in Mexico, on an artist in residency with the Arquetopia Foundation and delivered a series of comic workshops looking at cultural celebration, with the Imagina Children’s Museum. This year she ran future visioning comic workshops with the Jervis Bay Indigenous school, thanks to the ACT Human Rights Commissioner.