Sarah Lightman

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Dr. Sarah Lightman is an artist and writer. She attended The Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA, winning The Slade Prize, The William Coldstream Award and The Slade Life Drawing Prize. She earned a PhD from University of  Glasgow in women’s autobiographical comics,  and was an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London (2018-2021). She edited the first book on Jewish women and comics, Graphic Details (McFarland 2014), that was awarded The Koppelman Prize (2015) and The Will Eisner Award (2015), and a Schnitzer Award nomination (2016).  Her graphic novel, The Book of Sarah (Myriad and PSUP 2019), was shortlisted for a British Book Design & Production Award (2019) and The Communication Arts Award (2020).  Her most recent book, the co-edited collection Jewish Women in Comics: Bodies and Borders (SUP 2023) was nominated for  Broken Frontier Best Book on Comics (2023). Solo shows include The Knapp Gallery (2020), Koppel Soho (2019), Occupy My Time Gallery (2013), and The New Hall Art Collection (2010) and her numerous group shows include The House of Illustration, Jewish Museum, London and The Cartoon Museum London. In 2009 she co-founded LDComics (formerly Laydeez do Comics),  the largest women-led comics forum in the UK.

On drawing

Drawing is how I digest my life, and where I express my feelings .

In a world where I  can find myself lost and silenced, my drawings are where I can both speak, and hear myself.

I am anchored by my pencil marks on the page.

When I am drawings my stories,  I can take control of my life on the page, I narrate my experiences on my own terms, and I make my own meaning from the pains and pleasures of living.

Sarah Lightman