Sarah Mann became Director of the Architecture Design Fashion in April 2016.

Previously, Sarah was Programme Manager for the British Council on Connect ZA, a three-year season of arts projects focused on building connections between emerging creative industries in the UK and South Africa. She commissioned projects including the Maker Library Network with Daniel Charny as part of Cape Town’s World Design Capital and Joburg Photo Umbrella with Brighton Photo Biennial and the Market Photo Workshop.

Between 2008 and 2012, Sarah was part of the curatorial team and Head of Learning and Participation at Somerset House, where she worked on a ground-breaking series of exhibitions and public programmes including SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Fair, Maison Margiela 20 and Tim Walker: Storyteller. Sarah has an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University and the Design Museum.

She is the commissioner for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and is responsible for the strategy and creative direction of the Architecture Design and Fashion Team at the British Council which creates links between designers and cultural institutions around the world, through a diverse range of projects across the three disciplines. Most recently she commissioned the UK Pavilion at the 2017 Cheongju Craft Biennale which was curated by the Crafts Council under the theme ‘Form in Motion’.