OPEN Eco: Sarah Grounds, One Planet Development, Scything on a Spring day at Criafolen, 2021

Sarah Grounds is a visual artist specialising in areas of photography and performance. Her work is a mix of self-documentation and candid documentary work of life living on an eco-farm in South West Wales. She subtly explores the politics of modern society and her own feelings about being a woman.

Sarah uses many experimental techniques, exploring paint, movement, sound, digital photography and performance. The resulting work is an eclectic mix of video, still image and installation, interlinking through themes of politics, community and personal honesty.

Sarah lives on a One Planet Development, Criafolen, in South West Wales. As a documentary photographer and artist she records every day life living at Criafolen. Trying to show that people can live differently, that it doesn't have to cost the Earth (in all senses), and that anyone can do it. Lots of people do not know about the radical planning law in Wales, that is the first of its kind in the world. Sarah hopes that through her photography, more people will learn about it and be inspired to try creating something similar where they live.

Sarah Grounds was born in Bradford and trained as a musician and performer. Sarah has always lived an ecological lifestyle and now lives on a One Planet development in Wales in a straw bale cabin she built with her partner. She has been involved in lots of community projects, groups and political activism. After over two decades of running a business and raising a family, Sarah has returned to education and is in her third year, studying a BA in Documentary Photography and Visual Activism at UWTSD Swansea College of Art.

Sarah Grounds' website


Photo Fringe invited artists to propose a single image to engage audiences and help us imagine a greener, fairer world. Artists were asked to respond to the question “How can photography make a difference to the climate crisis?"

The resulting outdoor exhibition of selected images by twenty artists can be found on Worthing seafront until the end of April 2023.

Sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Fund and Worthing Borough Council.