Sarah Last is an artist and curator with interests in the interdisciplinary arts, the arts of sound, experimental ‘live’ arts and the rural/regional context. She is the founder and Artistic Director/CEO of ‘The Wired Lab’, an artist-led organisation that in 2007/08 received the inaugural and prestigious ‘ArtLab’ grant from the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Inter Arts’ Board.
The Wired Lab specialises in the exploration of emerging and experimental art forms from a rural/regional context, and endeavours to connect communities with the arts in new ways. Since 2008 The Wired Lab has provided art form and skills development opportunities for regional communities and artists from around Australia.
Sarah signature curatorial work creates site-specific ‘landscape scale’ events/happenings that physically (and philosophically) traverse large areas, collaborates with communities and incorporates unconventional spaces. These projects explore the nuances and pluralities of rural/regional communities and the unique contexts these create for emerging and experimental art forms. Sarah’s body of work has been instrumental to national/international recognition of rigorous art practices emanating from the regional Australian context. In 2012 Sarah’s ‘Southern Encounter’ project presented at the regional Arts Australia Conference in Goolwa (SA) won an unprecedented 2 APRA/AMC Art Music Excellence awards.
Prior to The Wired Lab Sarah was a member of Wagga Space Program and Curator of the now legendary ‘unsound’ festivals. From 2008-2010 Sarah was ‘Embracing Sound’ Program Manager for Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). She was also Director of Booranga Writers Centre (WW) from 2003-2007 and served various Curatorial and Management roles for Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (2000-2003).