sara kärpänen

Hi there!

I'm Sara, a Finnish-born, London-based artist (MA), poet, writer, and founder of Women of the Wick podcast and community space. Women of the Wick's mission is the active engagement of the local people, ensuring equal opportunities in the creative community and promoting the visibility of women-led businesses, artists and creative entrepreneurs.

As a multimedia artist, I am exploring the concept of belonging and displacement in communities and the lines between private and public by using a mix of storytelling, audio, poetry, photography and research.

My layered approach to practice encompasses audio, writing and curating, which has equipped me with a broad set of skills and a comprehensive understanding of the community I work with.

I'm passionate about inclusivity and creating a long-lasting change.

Have a question, interested in collaborating, consulting or want to say hi?

Contact me here.



2019- Situated Practice MA 

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

2014 Visual Culture, MA Aalto University - School of Arts Design and Architecture

2011 Bachelor of Arts in Art Education University of Jyvaskyla

Work Experience

2010-present Freelance Writer & Journalist

National and international publications
2019 SolarAid, Content Creator

2019 Founder
Women of the Wick podcast and performance platform

2019 Press & Communications Manager Hackney WickED Art Festival

2019 Social Media Strategist Tribes for Good

2018 Brand Content Editor Elephant Journal

2015-2018 Editor Elephant Journal

2015 Artistic collaborator with Architect practice Public Works

2014-2016 Street art tour guide Street Art London / Howard Griffin Gallery

2013-2014 PR & Communications Assistant The Finnish Institute in London

2014 Researcher Pori Art Museum, Finland, summer


2020 Foundation for Future London

2020 Taike Arts Promotion Centre in Finland

2019 Koneen Säätiö Finnish Cultural Foundation

2018 The Association of the Finnish Non-Fiction Writers

2014 Summer School Thinking City Amsterdam´14

Foundation Thinking City (VMX Architects and Zef Hemel) in partnership with the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam

Union Memberships

MUU Ry Artists’ Association in Finland

Union of Journalists in Finland


Solo shows

2018 Traces in the City, Stour Space Gallery, Lontoo, UK

2009 Vallaton Voima, Ilokivi, Jyväskylä, Suomi

2007 Untitled, Ravintola Om´pu, Helsinki, Suomi

Group shows

2020 Pori Biennale 2020

2018 AIR ESXLA, Los Angeles, US

2018 Femme, VFD, London, UK

2018 We Are The Wick, London, UK

2017 Stomach 3rd, London, UK

2017 Nasty Women, London UK

2017 Totuuksia Suomesta, Pori, Suomi

2016 Save Yourselves, London UK

2015 De Liceiras, Porto, Portugal

2015 Space Invaders III, Helsinki, Suomi

2014 Hackney WickED Art Festival, Lontoo, UK

2014 Space Invaders II, Autotalo, Pori

2014 Pori–Lontoo–Helsinki, Poriginal Galleria

2013 Porin Kulttuurisääto, Pori, Suomi

2013 Space Invaders I, Gallery 3h+k, Pori

2013 Inauguração, Garagem Branca, Porto, Portugal

2013 MoveUP, Galeria dos Leões, Porto, Portugal

2012 Pori Arzz, Generaattori Galleria, Pori

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