Sara Diamond

Sara Diamond is a television producer/director, video artist, curator, critic, teacher and artistic director who has represented Canada at home and internationally for many years. She is the artistic director of the Media and Visual Arts Department at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as the executive producer for television.
Her television productions include The Lull Before the Storm, a four-part series using fictional and documentary strategies exploring the history of Canadian women during and after WWII, and On to Ottawa, a re-examination of the 1935 trek to Ottawa by Canada's unemployed. Other video works have also been broadcast.
In 1992, Diamond was honoured by a retrospective exhibition and catalogue at the National Gallery of Canada, following a retrospective at the 1991 Images Festival in Toronto. She represented Canada in the 1992 Biennial in Sydney, Australia and at the Festival of the Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Among her many solo exhibitions was Paternity, an installation commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery and now located in the permanent collection of the National Gallery.
Her tapes have been screened in galleries, festivals, classrooms and community events Internationally. They have been collected by institutions such as the Art Bank, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walter Phillips Gallery and many universities, colleges, libraries, school boards and other organizations. Diamond has won numerous awards for her videos, including Keeping the Home Fires Burning, The Lull Before the Storm and Ten Dollars or Nothing. She has worked as a producer and director for other artists' works as well.
As a teacher, Diamond has provided workshops, lectures and short courses to many post-secondary institutions and art centres. For more than eight years, she filled various capacities on the faculty of the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, and spent two years at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. She was awarded the Gold Medal Win History by Simon Fraser University in 1990 and has won a long list of awards from the Canada Council, B.C. Film and B.C. Cultures.
Diamond is a respected curator, critic and writer, curating for many video and art exhibitions and writing for publications as diverse as FUSE magazine and legal anthologies. She has also served on many boards and juries, including the Vancouver Art Gallery and Video In and was a representative to the federal task force on training for the cultural sector. One of her most recent honours is the 1995 Bell Canada Award for excellence in video.

Artist Code: 002


Ladies Shorts Tape 1

1995, 84:10 minutes, colour, English

Fit To Be Tied

1995, 24:25 minutes, colour, English

29 / 92 Women's Labour History Project

1992, 17:20 minutes, colour, Eng.

On To Ottawa

1992, 53:00 minutes, colour, English

Patternity (Installation)

1992, colour, Eng.

The Lull Before The Storm: Community Acts (Part 4)

1990, 52:00 minutes, colour, English

The Lull Before The Storm: Women Of Wood (Part 3)

1990, 48:00 minutes, colour, English

The Lull Before The Storm- Part 2: The Fifties

1990, 50:00 minutes, colour, English

Lull Before The Storm: The Forties (Part 1)

1990, 48:00 minutes, colour, English

Ten Dollars Or Nothing

1989, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

1988, 49:53 minutes, colour, English

Heroics: A Quest

1984, 15:30 minutes, colour, English

Heroics: Definitions

1984, 35:30 minutes, colour, English

The Influences of My Mother

1982, 24:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Art university welcomes new president
by Anon. The Toronto Star, June 1, 2006.
Stories to Tell: Autobiography and Narrative
by Jayne Wark. Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America, 2006. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
Press Release: Visionary Leader in new media art pratice become...
by Staff Staff. Ontario College of Art and Design, 2005.
Participation, Flow, and the Redistribution of Authorship: The...
by Sara Diamond. Museums and the Web 2005: Proceedings, Mar. 31 Spring, 2005.
Project/Process: An Introduction to Magnetic North: The Challenges...
by Jenny Lion. Program - Video Pool Inc., Winnipeg, Nov. Fall 2000.
Total recall: History, memory & new documentary
by Sara Diamond and Gary Kibbins. Trade Initiative, 1998. Vancouver: Satellite Video Exchange Society, 1998.
Sara Diamond: Video Artist
by Roger Matuz. Contemporary Canadian Artists, 1997. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
Sara Diamond: Video Art and Activism in Canada
by Frances K. Pohl. Women's Studies, Mar. 1996, v. 25, no. 3.
To the cleaners: Video artist Sujir explores immigrants' dreams
by Charles Mandel. The Edmonton Journal, Nov. 17, 1995.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
Twenty Bold, Brash and Beautiful Years
by Lynn Wanyeki. Fuse, Spring 1994, v. 17, no. 3.
Desiring Daughters
by Renee Baert. Screen, Summer 1993, v. 34, no. 2.
Subjects on the Threshold: Problems with the Pronouns
by Renee Baert. Parachute, Winter 1993, no. 69.
Colouring the Screen: Four Strategies in Anti-racist Film and Video
by Richard Fung. Parallèlogramme, 1992, v. 18, no. 3.
"How Do I Look?": A Video and Film Series...
Can-Asian Perspectives: A Film and Video Series Exploring Asian Experiences in Canada, 1992. London: The Canadian High Commission and Bazaar Magazine/South Asian Arts Forum, 1992.
Images 90: A Video and Film Series...
by Fran Gallagher-Shuebrook. C Magazine, 1991, no. 28.
Newfoundland co-op merges folk and personal resources
by Cameron Bailey. Now, June 7, 1990, v. 9, no. 39.
Video Visions: An artist explores women's lives: On view at...
by Heather McLennan. The Globe and Mail, June 9, 1990.
Sexuality and Politics
by Liam Lacey. The Globe and Mail, Aug. 4, 1990.
Within and Without: Reconstructing Regional Identity
by Sarah Murphy. Fuse, Spring 1990, v. 13, no. 4.
Images 89: New festival celebrates Canada's film and video...
by Helen Lee. Now, May 4, 1989, v. 8, no. 34.
Hot Tramp, I Love You So!: Rebel Girls: A Survey of Canadian...
by Christine Conley. Fuse, Fall 1989, v. 13, no. 1 & 2.
Cinema Canada: Festivals
by *Not Documented. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1989.
by Teresa Marshall and Craig Berggold. OUR TIME: INDEPENDENT CANADIAN LABOUR MAGAZINE, May Spring 1989, v. 8, no. 3.
Grierson Documentary Seminar '85: Broadening Perspective
by Cameron Bailey. Cinema Canada, Jan. 1988, no. 148.
It Works: Labour and Video
by Karen Knights. Fuse, Sept. 1988, v. 12, no. 1 & 2.
Cold Snaps: Images 88, Northern Visions showcase of new film and video
by Andrew J. Patterson. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.
by Sandra Haar. Vanguard, Sept. 1988, v. 17, no. 4.
Bad Acting: Performing and Characterization on Screen
by Sara Diamond and Gary Kibbins. Trade initiatives; 3 programmes of Canadian video, 1988. Vancouver: Satelite Video Exchange Society, 1988.
Video News
by Kim Tomczak. Fuse, Nov. 1988, v. 12, no. 3.
In Flagrante: Canadian Video Caught in the Act
by Sara Diamond and Gary Kibbins. 1988 American Film Institute Video Festival, Fall 1988.
Art After the Coup: Interventions by Chilean Women
by Sara Diamond. Fuse, Apr. Spring 1988, v. 11, no. 5.
Video Exhibition: Total Recall
by Sarah Diamond and Gary Kibbins.
From the Father's House: Women's Video and Feminism's Struggle...
by Dot Tuer. Fuse, Winter 1987, v. 11, no. 4.
Visual Democracy: An interview with Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
"We Interrupt You For This Message": An interview with Lisa Steele...
by Mary Ellen Lower. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 3.
Sara Diamond: Issues of Identity
by Jill Medvedow. 911 Contemporary Arts Newsletter, Jan. 1986.
As A Wife Has A Cow
by Sara Diamond and Cornelia Wyngaarden. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 37/2.
Clay Cove, Newfoundland; Park Place, Vancouver
by Sara Diamond and Kate Craig. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 37/2.
Video Sex: Hot Topic
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
We Interrupt You For This Message: A review of "A Retrospective of...
by Mary Ellen Lower. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 38.
Diamond's Heroics art and documentary
by Elissa Barnard. The Chronicle Herald The Mail Star, Nov. 9, 1985.
Interview: Sara Diamond
by Lisa Hebert. Video Guide, 1985, v. 7, no. 5.
Going Public
by Dot Tuer. Vanguard, Feb. 1985, v. 14, no. 1.
A context for Strength: Historical Struggles, Contemporary Heroics
by Elizabeth Schroeder. Fuse, Spring 1985, v. 8, no. 6.
Video Vancouver: Historical Struggles, Contemporary Heroics
by Karen Henry. Canadian Video Art, 1985. S.N., 1985.
Voice Over: Contemporary Art Gallery Convertible Showroom
by Ellen Ramsey. Vanguard, Dec. Winter 1985, v. 14, no. 10.
Chris Creighton-Kelly
by Sara Diamond. Vanguard, Apr. 1984, v. 13, no. 3.
Going Public - three evenings of videotapes by women
by Unknown. Going Public - three evenings of videotapes by women, 1984.
Still Sane
by Sara Diamond. Fuse, Fall 1984, v. 8, no. 3.
Vancouver Guide: an overview
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Oct. 1984, v. 6, no. 5.
Vancouver Guide: An Overview
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Oct. 1984, v. 6, no. 5.
Clear about Confused
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Mar. 1984, v. 6, no. 2.
Going Public - Three Evenings of Videotapes by Women
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: N/A, 1984.
Why Exchange? Time To Change
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Apr. 1983, v. 5, no. 2.
The Influences of My Mother
by Sara Diamond. Fireweed, 1982, no. 12.