sara kärpänen

Hello there,

My name is Sara Kärpänen (she/her). I am a Finnish-born London-based writer, poet, multidisciplinary artist (MA) and the founder of Women of the Wick feminist consultancy, media and community championing women and marginalised voices, visibility and creative work in East London and beyond.

I believe in the power of storytelling and using it as an interactive and intuitive tool to communicate mission and vision.

Together with the people and organisations I work and partner with, I write articles, facilitate conversations, run workshops and co-create spaces where the individual experiences, voices and stories can be shared, seen and heard.

My layered approach to arts and urbanism encompasses writing, research, performance, and public speaking with the primary focus on intersectional feminism, public space and the built environment. 

With 15  years of experience in communications and the creative sector, I've had the privilige to collaborate with great humans, publications, non-profits, cultural organisations in the UK, US and Europe, including Stour Trust, BMW Foundation, Public Works, Economy of Hours, Foundation for Future London, and Battersea Arts Centre, amongst others.

My writing is regularly published in international publications such as ARK Architecture Review and I have received several grants from Finland and the UK, such as Koneen Säätiö, Foundation for Future London, and Taike.

As an multidisciplinary artist, I've exhibited internationally in the UK, Finland, Mexico, US and Portugal, and joined international artist residencies and summer schools in Vienna, Amsterdam, Porto, and LA.

I hold Master of Arts Degree from Aalto University, and I a postgraduate MA degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. I am a part of the BMW Foundation international Responsible Leaders Network.

If you are interested in collaborating together, booking me as a writer or speaker, or just say hi, please get in touch here. I would love to hear from you.

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