Sarah McEwan is an artist, musician and artist-curator who lives and works in Sandigo within the Wiradjuri Nation and in Sydney within the Eora Nation. She is passionate about 'onto-ethics'; how to make the present world different from the past.
Sarah's partner collection is the Broken Hill Trades Hall Trust.
Sarah collaborated with sisters Rosslyn Ferry and Diana Ferry whose great grandmother Ellen Sophia Woodman (nee Perry) opened the Trades Hall building in 1899. Ellen Sophia was President of the Eight Hour Work Committee who fundraised to construct the building.
Rosslyn and Diana's father Phillip Ferry was Secretary of the Broken Hill Trades Hall Trust and in 1999, one hundred years after her great grandmother opened the building, Rosslyn was elected as the first female Secretary of the Trust.
Sarah collaborated with retired miner Ross Brealey who worked in various mine sites in Broken Hill from the late 1950s to the 1970s.
Sarah and West Darling Arts commissioned Wilyakali and Barkindji artist Cheryl Blore to add a First Nations perspective to the collection and one banner is painted by Cheryl.
Sarah collaborated with textiles artist Julie Montgarrett to assist in sewing the banners. In the 1970s Julie was employed at the Melbourne Trades Hall Trust to create banners which are still in their collection.