Hello

I am an award-winning contemporary artist
My work is about the shapes and edges of things: objects, buildings + words, and re-imagined cities

I am working on a big series of paintings about walking and looking up at the sky squeezed in between tall buildings: a simple idea but a compelling project. Each image is made over a Polaroid snap I’ve taken in a city where I live, work or travel. Since starting this project in 2012 I’ve made hundreds of vivid images that have been recognised as “beautiful and accessible” and “highly innovative”

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, UK 1990
  • MA in Sculpture Studies – Distinction – The University of Leeds, UK 1991

Awards

  • Purchase Prize, Young Artists South East – Kent Art & 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         February: research 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
  • 1997-98   ‘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 and private clients
Visual Creativity training for building engineers, architects and designers
Founder of ‘The Penguin Pool’ Arup creative events in 15 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

p.s. until 2012 I was called Sarah K Davenport