Sarah Ball was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and studied Illustration at Newport Art College. Subsequently she obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Bath Spa University. She spent several years working as an illustrator whose clients included the Royal National Theatre. She moved to Wales in 1996 but currently (2017) lives near Penzance.
She is a tutor at Newlyn School of Art (2020).
Ball's work concerns the visual language of the storyteller. Her sources include museum curios, Victorian taxidermy, studio and police photography. The sources are re-cast, creating new characters in imagined scenarios.
She has won a number of awards, including the 'Best from Wales' winner of the National Open Art Competition in 2012, and the Welsh Artist of the Year in 2013. She was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize ini 2015.
Her work has been exhibited widely, not only in the UK, but also in the USA.
2012: 'Accused', Millennium Gallery, St Ives
2013: 'Accused Part II', Millennium Gallery, St Ives
2015: 'Immigrants', Millennium Gallery, St Ives, and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall
2017: Bertillon, Anima Mundi, St Ives (Aug)
2019: Themself, Anima Mundi, St Ives (26 July-6 Sept)
2019: Protected by Alarms - at the Old Vicarage Flats, St Ives, Anima Mundi (25 Oct-16 Nov)
2021: Summer at Tremenheere, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Penzance (23 July-7 Aug)