Sarah Kudirka

Hello

I am Sarah Kudirka, an award-winning contemporary artist of over thirty years professional practice.

The art I make is focused on the shapes and edges of stuff, things I am fascinated by, including: cities, buildings, furniture, words and objects.
My work is distinctively low-tech and characterised by obliterated, incised, scratched, scraped and layered paint surfaces, often painted over Polaroids.

Part of my childhood was spent in Africa, and my work is still informed by the intense sensations I felt as a small girl in the wide, ancient, colourful landscape and a vibrant, hot city. Visiting an archaeological site where the earliest human remains were found, left me with the positive idea that we are outlived by things; belongings we choose, use, make, inherit, or pass on, and that our very bones will become simply artefacts from a life lived.

Browse my recent paintings, prints and drawings, and some earlier works. Many are in homes or public spaces across the world. Do get in touch if you’d like to add my work to your collection or commission a piece.

I also undertake creative consultancy with architects, building engineers and developers, notably on public realm and gallery projects especially at concept or bid stage, bringing an artist’s brain to the design team.

Artist's CV

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Born in England, 1968
Live & work in Scotland

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

Awards

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

One Person Shows

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  • 2017 When did you last look up? – London Festival of Architecture
  • 2017 Berlin City Skies – Laura Lea Art & Design, London
  • 2015 Paint + Polaroids  – Canary Wharf Window Gallery, London
  • 2014 City Skies London – The Orange Tree, London
  • 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

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  • 2020-21 30 by 30, Society of Scottish Artists, online
  • 2020 Borders Art Fair, Kelso, Scottish Borders
  • 2019 Little Originals, Dockstreet Studios Gallery, Dundee
  • 2019 Art CarBoot Sale, Patricia Fleming Gallery & SWG3, Glasgow
  • 2019 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, Kelvingrove, Glasgow
  • 2018 Into The City, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • 2016 & 2017 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
  • 2005-18 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

Residencies & Trusteeships, etc

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  • 2020        Paper at Second Morton Symposium on Women’s Photography, National Trust for Scotland convened online with Glasgow Women’s Library
  • 2018         One-month PA Research Residency at Trongate103, 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/Vicente Todolì, Tate Modern
  • 2001         Organiser of Larnaca Works Open Studios, London
  • 1999         Collaborated with Gillian Cargill on Reclining Artists photo project
  • 1997-98   ‘Land’ published in 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, private clients
Visual Creativity training for building engineers, architects and designers
Founder of ‘The Penguin Pool’ ARUP events held in 15 cities worldwide

Work in Collections

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  • Kent Arts and Libraries, UK
  • The British Institute of Human Rights, UK
  • Various corporate collections, UK
  • Private collections in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain & USA

 

  • Until 2012 I was called Sarah K Davenport