Lightman, Sarah

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Sarah Lightman studied at The Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA.  Sarah is researching a PhD  at the University of Glasgow on “Dressing Eve and other Reparative Acts in Women’s Autobiographical Comics”,  and her writings have been published internationally in numerous books and journals.  Sarah is co-founder and co-director, with Nicola Streeten of Laydeez do Comics the UK’s foremost comics forum, women led monthly and open to all, that  focuses on autobiography and the drama of the everyday. There are now branches in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Dublin, Birmingham, San Francisco and Chicago. Sarah co-curated numerous exhibitions including the internationally touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.


Food Family and Feelings

Old Dominion University, VA, USA. 2014

The Book of Sarah: A Life in Drawings and Animated Films

Supported by a Grant from the European Association for Jewish Culture (EAJC)

Occupy My Time, London. 2013

In Memoriam

New Hall College Art Collection, Cambridge. 2009

Selected Group Exhibitions

Comixs Creatrix, 100 Women Making Comics 

House of Illustration, London

JOMIX: Jewish Comic Art and Derivation

UJA-Federation of New York and Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art 2015

Jews and Cartooning

Congregation Emanu-el, San Francisco 2015

No Set Rules 2015

Ben Uri Gallery, London

Web of Water 2014

The Atrium ICCA and touring other venues in UK.

Family Line-ups: Trans:generational Encounters in Family Photography 2013

University of Bucharest.

Publicly Private, with Shelley Jordon 2011

New Media Gallery, Oranim College, Israel.

Ruth Borchard: Self Portrait Competition 2011

Kings Place Gallery, London.

The Moment of Privacy Has Passed 2010

The Usher Gallery, The Collection, Lincoln.

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women (Co-curator) 2010-ongoing

San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum. 2010 The Koffler Centre for The Arts at The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. 2011, Yeshiva University Museum, New York. 2011, The Jewish Community Centre, Washington DC. 2012, The Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland. 2012, Florida Jewish Museum, 2014. Space Station Sixty Five,  London.2014.  Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, Ohio State University 2015

Diary Drawing (Curator) 2008

The Centre for Recent Drawing  and Northampton University, The School of The Arts.

Bomberg’s Relevance (Curator) 2008

Ben Uri Gallery London


Whilst a student at The Slade she won numerous scholarships including The Slade Life Drawing Prize,  The Slade Duveen Travel Scholarship, The Slade Sessional Prize for Excellence,  The William Coldstream Sessional Prize for Excellence,  A Travel and Expeditions Award from UCL, and a Post Graduate Scholarship  from the British Academy. More recently her art shows and curated  projects have been funded by  the  European Association for Jewish Culture and The David Foundation. Sarah’s book Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland 2014) was the first book on Jewish women and comics and was awarded the 2015 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work on Comics and The 2015 Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology awarded by the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association.

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