Hello

I am an award-winning contemporary artist.
My work is about the shapes and edges of things: objects, buildings, cities + words. I have a fascination with ordinary stuff marked by memory.

I love cities and since 2012 have been working on a big series of paintings made over Polaroids I’ve taken in places where I live, work and travel. They are about looking up at the sky through the gaps between buildings: a simple but compelling idea. It has resulted in hundreds of vivid images and is recognised as a “beautiful and accessible” and “highly innovative” series of work.

An experienced creative consultant, I also love working with building engineers, architects and urban designers on global projects.

Sarah Kudirka - contemporary artist

Artist's CV

Born England, 1968

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class – The University of Leeds, 1990
  • MA in Sculpture Studies – Distinction – The University of Leeds, 1991

Awards

  • Purchase Prize, Young Artists South East – Kent Art and Libraries
  • Light in Art – The Prudential
  • Research Award – The Henry Moore Sculpture Trust
  • Major Award – The British Council
  • The Passey Prize in Art – The University of Leeds

One Person Shows

  • 2017 When did you last look up? – London Festival of Architecture
  • 2017 Berlin City Skies – Laura Lea Art & Design, London
  • 2015 Paint + Polaroids  – Window Gallery, Canary Wharf
  • 2015 Words You Cannot Read – Wanstead Art Trail, London
  • 2014 City Skies London – The Orange Tree, Wanstead
  • 2005 Belongings – Toni Heath Gallery, London
  • 2001 Fit and Proper – London Stock Exchange
  • 2000 As Seen on TV – bbb contemporary art, London
  • 1998 Vocabulary – Oliver J Benjamin, London
  • 1995 Methodiz’d – Casson Gallery, Eastbourne
  • 1993 Chairs & Stripes – Newlyn Gallery, Leeds
  • 1992 Country Seat – Lotherton Hall, Aberford

Selected Group Shows

  • 2017 The Other Art Fair – Victoria House, London
  • 2016 The Other Art Fair – Victoria House, London
  • 2016 Introducing – Roseberys Auction House, London
  • 2015 The Other Art Fair – Old Truman Brewery, London
  • 2010 Socle – High Street, Bow, London
  • 2007 Torture Care – auction show, London
  • Annually since 2005 Secret – Royal College of Art< London
  • 2005 IDEA/You are de-corator, London
  • 2005 Artmix – Workplace Art, London
  • 2004 The Makers – Soup Projects, London
  • 2003 Pop Culture – Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton
  • 2002 Size Matters – Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
  • 2001 ARTFutures – Contemporary Art Society, London

Beyond the Studio

  • 2018    Planned one-month residency, ProjectAbility, Glasgow
  • 2011-14    Artist in ARUP, global residency for design/engineering firm
  • 2010-17    Charity Trustee/Board Member of Acme Artists Studios Ltd
  • 2009    In Discussion invited artist, Lee Campbell projects
  • 2004-05    Chair of Matrix Chambers artworks committee
  • 2002-03    Director’s office assistant to Sir Nicholas Serota and Vicente Todolì, Tate Modern
  • 2001    Organiser of Larnaca Works Open Studios, London
  • 1999    Collaborated with Gillian Cargill on Reclining Artists photo project
  • 1997    Land included in 1998 Women Artists Diary, Womens Press
  • 1992-94    Austin Wright catalogue raisonné for Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, published by Lund Humphries
  • 1992    Invited speaker at Association of Art Historians conference

Public Realm Art Consultancy with/for architects, developers and private clients
Visual Creativity training for engineers and other building design professionals
Founder of ‘The Penguin Pool’ creative events series for Arup in cities worldwide

Work in Collections

  • Kent Arts and Libraries
  • The British Institute of Human Rights
  • Various corporate collections, UK
  • Private collections in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, the UK and USA

ps I used to be called Sarah Davenport. My degrees and awards were all gained under that name