Sara Downham-Lotto is an abstract painter and freelance art tutor. She is also founder and director of Arts Lab in Devon, UK.

With over thirty years’ experience exhibiting and teaching in the UK and abroad, she uses hands-on involvement in and appreciation of abstract art to inspire creative thinking and transformation across communities.

If you’re interested in buying a painting, signing up for a workshop or dreaming up a collaborative project with Sara, follow the links on this site.


Always experimental in approach, Sara works primarily with paper and mixed media, allowing pieces to evolve into 2D and 3D inventions. Each work brings with it a new challenge, considering scale and format, colour, texture and the rhythm of pattern and bold forms. Her layering process is all about deconstruction and reconstruction and the discoveries made en route. 

Sharing her own creative practice, Sara brings high quality teaching and facilitation to a broad range of groups and individuals. Her sessions are fun and engaging and bring out the creative in everyone, regardless of background and experience. At a time when creativity is becoming increasingly valued as a general force for good, there is no better time to roll up your sleeves and get involved.

Through art, the great leveller, Sara has run projects in collaboration with a number of organisations. Groups with diverse needs from diverse backgrounds are brought together and provided with space for creative expression, experimentation and a love of learning. In 2016, Sara founded Arts Lab CIC consolidating her lifetime’s work into a model that can benefit broader networks. 


Fantastic stuff - and thank you so much for the opportunities that you have provided for my students to engage with wider arts practice this year!
Dan Paolantonio, Plymouth College of Art