Hello

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

My best known work is City Skies a 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 taken in a city where I have lived, worked or travelled. Since starting this project in 2012 I’ve made over 600 images based on London, Berlin, Glasgow, Sydney and Hong Kong.

An experienced creative consultant with Arup, I also love working with building engineers, architects, landscape archtects 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

  • 2018 Into The City, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • 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

Residencies & Trusteeships, etc

  • 2018         One-month research residency at 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 held 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