Sarah Last lives and works on Wiradjuri Country in Muttama south west NSW. A lifelong resident of this area Sarah has committed her working life to connecting communities with the arts in new ways, particularly rural and regional communities. Over the past 20+ years, through her work as an artist, curator, NFP administrator and grazier, Sarah has honed a specialisation in convergent arts practice incorporating interdisciplinary arts of sound, Community Cultural Development (CCD), experimental, relational and participatory art forms. This approach engages broad community demographics and informs her artistic direction of The Wired Lab, which she founded in 2007.
Sarah’s past work includes Wagga Space Program’s ‘unsound’ festivals (2003, 2004, 2006), the ‘Southern Encounter’ project (2012) presented at Regional Arts Australia’s Kumuwuki national arts festival, and more recently a collaboration with Chris Watson (UK) and David Burraston for ‘Hrafn: Conversations with Odin’ which was presented for an extended season at Dark MOFO (2019). Sarah was awarded two APRA/AMC Art Music Awards for the ‘Southern Encounter’ project and is listed as a ‘Hidden Treasure’ on the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Rural Women’s Network Honour Roll for Rural Women.
Through her direction of The Wired Lab Sarah is currently developing a number of projects including: the ‘agri(culture) II’ project, a series of ‘live art’ commissions engaging rural and agrarian communities with contemporary Australian artists; the transition of the deconsecrated ‘Church of the Immaculate Conception Muttama’ into a deep listening space; and with Wiradjuri leaders and community is collaborating on a number of projects including ‘Waybali murru giilangbang Wiradjuridya Ngurr ambanga - To weave grass stories on Wiradjuri Country’ a multiyear cultural rejuvenation project incorporating knowledge sharing, Country and the creation of cultural objects.
A summary of Sarah’s philosophy and approach to practice is articulated in ‘Risk in the regional context’ an article she was commissioned to write for National Association for Visual Artists (NAVA)
Video of the 2017 Wired Open Day Festival and the inaugural ‘agri(culture)’ project.