Ep.242 Sara Prinsloo - Ministry of Arts Podcast


In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Sara Prinsloo (@saraprinslooart)


Sara Prinsloo is a Sheffield based artist exploring her own mental health and lived experiences through art. “My art is a journey into an unconventional adolescence and those ‘things’ that just stay with you forever. The aim is to make sense of my own life experiences: dealing with grief, coming from a working-class background and the impacts of being reckless as a youth.” Anger and frustration is an emotion often at the forefront of Sara’s work. Raising topics of class insecurities, anxiety, toxic labelling, in the aim to re-think negative emotions and open up conversations of why they exist in the first place. 


In 2019, Sara created the @itsokayproj which provides a platform for others to share their mental health experiences, whilst celebrating the creative ways we express ourselves. By publishing zines, working with over 100 contributors and hosting workshops, she has been able to help defeat negative stigmas in relation to mental health. The project was set up in memory of her sibling. 


Sara was shortlisted for the 2023 Cooper Prize in Barnsley and her work can be seen on display at the Cooper Gallery until April 2024. 


For more information on the work of Sara Prinsloo and to read her essay ‘Cut Before It’s Grown’ go to 



For more information on the It’s OKAY Project go to 




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