‘Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness’—Ariel Kahn, Jewish Quarterly, Summer 2017
Sarah Lightman is a London-based artist, curator and writer. She completed an Art Foundation course at Central St Martins and then attended The Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA, where she won The Slade Prize and The Slade Life Drawing Prize. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. The Book of Sarah will be published by Myriad in 2019.
Lightman is completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow entitled Dressing Eve and Other Reparative Acts and was awarded The Principal’s Early Career Grant to study at Columbia University, NYC, in 2017. She will be an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck College, University of London, for 2018/19, where she will be developing her research on comics by, and about, Jewish women and motherhood, miscarriages, pregnancy, and IVF.
She has been published in numerous academic books and journals, curated many exhibitions and is co-curator of the internationally touring exhibition Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women (2014). Graphic Details, a book of essays and interviews based on a symposium organised around the show and its contributors, was edited by Lightman and published by McFarland in 2014. In the US, Graphic Details won Best Scholarly/Academic Work in the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2015, The Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology by the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association and an Honorable Mention by the 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards (Jews and The Arts).
Sarah also chairs the Women in Comics Conferences and co-directs Laydeez do Comics with Nicola Streeten. The most influential comics forum in the UK, Laydeez do Comics groups now meet regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.
‘I felt that Lightman’s comics were pushing the definition of what can be called a “comic”… There was something mundane and surprisingly beautiful about [her] work. It was not flowery, it was not fantastical. It was, however, extremely honest’ Comics class blogsite, Ohio State University