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 consultancy, media and community championing marginalised voices and tackling inequality in the creative industry.

I believe in the power of storytelling and using it interactive and intuitive tool to explore and challenge the current ways in which we connect and communicate with each other. Together with the people and organisations I work and partner with, I 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 communications encompasses writing, research, performance, and public speaking with the primary focus on intersectional feminism, public space and inclusivity. With over 10 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, amongst others.

My non-fictional and creative writing is published regularly in international publications and it has 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 a previous Master of Arts Degree from Aalto University, and I am currently finalising a postgraduate programme 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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