Sharon Foster

I am a multi-disciplinary artist primarily working with metal, print and lighting, fabricating materials to create meaningful narratives that aim to inspire and uplift.

Although I consider myself to be an emerging artist and interdisciplinary maker, I worked in the creative industries for 25 years and as an independent theatre and event producer for the last 12 years, before completing a Masters in Art & Design Interdisciplinary Practice at Birmingham City University (BCU) in 2017. I have had work featured in exhibitions including Pulpa at RK Burt Gallery in London (2017) and The King & I at &model in Leeds (2017). I received a curatorial grant from New Art West Midlands in 2018.

So far at STEAMhouse, I've worked in collaboration with artist, Anne Brierley, on a commission from Aintree Hospital to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, which was installed in the hospital in April.

For the next 6 months I'll focus on developing a prototype for a beneficial and responsive lighting product based on the principles used in Human Centric Lighting and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) systems to create a lighting product that is aesthetically uplifting and has a handmade composition, whilst embracing the ability to create meaningful effects that digital technology affords, with a focus on supporting energy for pleasure and recreation – not just for productivity and waking but to encourage wholehearted living.