sara kärpänen

Hello there,

My name is Sara Kärpänen (she/her). I am a Finnish-born London-based writer, content creator, and multimedia artist (MA) and the founder of Women of the Wick podcast and community platform amplifying women and non-binary artist voices and creative work. I hold a Master of Arts Degree from Aalto University, and I am currently finalising a postgraduate programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

I love sharing skills, facilitating conversations and creating spaces where we can be authentically ourselves. Through my writing, workshops and speaking, I unblock myths about creative work and facilitate spaces where women can thrive. When I say thrive what I really mean is for us to be seen, heard and able to express our ideas and true selves loudly and unapologetically.

I believe in the power of personal storytelling—and using it as an interactive tool to explore and challenge the ways in which we connect with each other. Together with the people and organisations I work and partner with, I curate, facilitate conversations and co-create dialogues where the individual experiences and stories can be shared, seen and heard.

My layered approach to arts, communications and urbanism encompasses writing, research, public speaking and curation, primarily focusing on feminist practices and spatial occupation. My work has been granted by several organisations in Finland and the UK, such as Koneen Säätiö, Foundation for Future London, and Taike. 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. 

My multidisciplinary practice and over ten years of experience in communications have led me to work with great humans, art institutions, charities, and architect practices in the UK and Europe. As a creative and non-fictional writer my work is published regularly in international publications.

If you would like to book me as a speaker or writer, collaborate together or just say hi, please get in touch here.

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