prospect refuge: a habitat theory stating the ability to see (prospect) while hide (refuge) is basic to many biological needs dictating safety in an environment


Sarah Hamelin works primarily in sculpture investigating the relationship humans have with their environment as it pertains to finding harmony, safety and control. In particular, her work is driven by the architectural theory known as "prospect and refuge," where humans seek to settle in a landscape that can provide both opportunity and safety.
She lives and works in Kingston, Ontario.

Curriculum Vitae


•Bachelor of Honours Arts
Fine Arts, Studio Specialization in Sculpture, Minor in Knowledge Integration
University of Waterloo, 2013

•Diploma of Fine Craft, Ceramics
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 2021 (pending)


•Prospect | Refuge, Unit 115 Gallery, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston, Ontario, 2018.
•Piecing it Together (Installation), TEDxQueensU, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston, Ontario, 2015.

• Hoyt House Residency Exhibition, McBeath Gallery, King's Landing, 2019.
•Electric Circuits, The Etherington House, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, 2019.
•GRIT Pop-Up, Novel Idea Window, Kingston, Ontario, 2019.
•Interact, Tett Gallery, Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning , Kingston, Ontario, 2015.
•Paint the Town, Window Art Gallery, Kingston School of Art, Kingston, Ontario, 2014.
•CADENZA, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, East Campus Hall, Waterloo, Ontario, 2013.
•Chaos, The Artery, East Campus Hall, Waterloo, Ontario, 2013.
•The Art Exchange, Ed Video Media Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, 2012.
•Light, The Artery, East Campus Hall, Waterloo, Ontario, 2011.
•Casting in Multiples, The Artery, East Campus Hall, Waterloo, Ontario, 2011.


•Best Portfolio into Diploma - Direct Entry, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 2019.
•Honourable Mention, Paint the Town Juried Exhibition, Kingston School of Arts, 2014.
•Outstanding Portfolio Award in Sculpture, Department of Fine Art, University of Waterloo, 2012.


•Alone Together Residency, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Off-site Studio, 2020
•Hoyt Residency, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Kings Landing, Prince William, New Brunswick, 2019

|Publications and Reviews|

•A&C Feature, "Sarah Hamelin," Arts & Craft Collective, August 27, 2018.
•Studio Stories, "Sarah Hamelin of Caboose Co," Lynn Wyminga, August 10, 2018.
•Kingston Life, "The Kingston Holiday Gift Guide," Erin Jones, December, 2017, p. 38.
•Barriefield: Two Centuries of Village Life. Robert Cardwell, Barb Carr and Christine Sypnowich. Quarry Press: 2015, p. 37.
•I Spy..."The Kingston Juried Art Salon 2015," JT Winik, May 31, 2015.
•Imprint, "Cadenza: The Artists’ Grand Finale," Jesse Ho, March 8, 2013.
•CADENZA, Exhibition Catalogue, ArKay Press: 2013, p. 11.

|Teaching Experience|

•Handbuilding Instructor, Arts & Craft Collective, Gananoque, Ontario, 2018-present.
•Handbuilding and Surface Design Instructor, Amaranth Stoneware, Kingston, Ontario, 2017-2019.
•Arts Activity Lead, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, Ontario, 2016-2018.

|Representation and Memberships|

•Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association (Member), 2020-present.
•GRIT Artist Collective (Co-founder), 2018-present.
•Arts & Craft Collective (Artist), 2018-present.
•Kingston Potters' Guild (Executive Member), 2018-2019.
•Hamilton Potters' Guild (Member), 2018-2019.