In 1982, Sarah Beaumont (class of 1983) was awarded the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers' prize, which was presented to the pupil showing the greatest appreciation of the City of London. This early recognition seems insightfully visionary for a pupil who would go on to write and illustrate a book on the capital over 30 years later.
'Alice's London Adventures in Wonderland' is an affectionate tribute to our fascinating and diverse capital, with original pen and ink illustrations taking their style from those of Sir John Tenniel, whilst set in modern-day London. The parody was published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the much loved classic and is available online, in book stores, and also with a specially commissioned cover for Harrods and Selfridges.
Since leaving City, Sarah has maintained a passion for learning, which includes visiting schools as an author, artist and illustrator. Aside from the opportunities presented at school, the commute to its Barbican location and daily experience of its environs has led to a deep knowledge of and affection for the City of London.
During lockdown, Sarah turned her artistic attentions to depicting the city in crisis through collage: portraying stilled images of life overwhelmed by sensational and alarmist headlines. Using newspaper as her medium, Sarah has created historic images of a silent city. The drama in her 'covid collages' comes from the ever-present tension between fear and hope; something we have all recently experienced. You can brows a selection of Sarah's work on her website.