Sarah Tombs

Sarah Tombs is a sculptor whose work is concerned with the sculptural tradition of ‘site’ and material, and explores the relationship of context and place, often in public spaces.

reindeerSince 1987 Sarah has produced many major public commissions, both nationally and internationally.  She is currently working on a commission to make a large public sculpture for the National Burns Centre, Morriston Hospital. The project involves the staff of the Hospital and Port Talbot community and is the subject of a documentary film.

As part of an artist-led group, Sculpture Cymru, Sarah has worked with CADW and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. She has curated, project managed and produced artwork for several site-responsive exhibitions in Wales, culminating in collaborative art-science projects investigating possibilities to create and reveal innovative strategies.

Sarah is also a lecturer in art at the National Gallery, London, where she has an extensive track record of work with the public and local communities.


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  • For the Love of Rhiannon- Exhibition at Swansea Museum, 2015
  • Sculpture Exhibition project Dyffryn Gardens NT (With Sculpture Cymru), Ongoing
  • Barcode Sculpture  (January - September 2015) Art- Science Research project and sculpture exhibition at the Botanic Garden of Wales. Lead, and project manager. 


  • January lecture and tour for Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
  • June Sculpture Festival,  public demonstrations
  • Article in 'The Garden'
  • September 2015 symposium
  • Broadcast on Radio Wales (May 2015)
  • Mid Wales Sculpture Trail (Caersws)
  • Research project Garden Restoration (NBGW)


Major commission for Morriston Hospital Burns unit, in collaboration with, community Trade Union, and Tata Steel, Port Talbot, 2015-2016

Researcher for Barcode for Life, Pollinator  ARHC funded ( Dr Andrea Liggins) and Dr Natasha De Vere (NBGW). Conference and exhibition 2017

Research project Garden Restoration (NBGW)