Sarah Kudirka

Hello

I am Sarah Kudirka, an award-winning artist of over 30 years practice.

The art I make is focused on the shapes and edges of stuff – including cities, buildings, furniture, words and objects – and is characterised by obliterated, incised, scratched, scraped and layered paint surfaces. I often paint over Polaroids, instant film snaps.

I live and paint in Scotland but for part of my childhood we lived in East Africa, and the sensations I felt back then still feed into my work. Going to an archaeological site where the earliest human remains had been found, impressed upon me as a child the idea that we are outlived by things; belongings we choose, use, make, inherit and pass on, that link us to culture, tradition, memory. These ideas underpin my work.

I have high-level experience in creative consultancy, notably working with Arup engineers, architects and designers, on global public realm and building projects especially at concept or bid stage. Clients value my bringing an artist’s thinking to the design team. I was a Trustee and Board Member of Acme, an arts charity, for many years in London and am an elected Council Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Feel free to browse and do get in touch if you’d like to add any of my work to your collection; seek input to a project; or discuss a commission.

Artist's CV

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Born in England, 1968
Live & work in Scotland

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class – The University of Leeds, 1990
  • MA Sculpture Studies – Distinction – The 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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  • 2021 STOP.START Sarah Kudirka & Rowena Comrie SSA, South Block, Glasgow
  • 2021 INSTANT, Society of Scottish Artists, online – co-Curator & exhibitor
  • 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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  • 2021         Paper published in Studies in Photography journal
  • 2020        Speaker at National Trust for Scotland Second Morton Symposium on Women’s Photography, Glasgow Women’s Library
  • 2018-21    Elected Council Member, Society of Scottish Artists
  • 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   Tate Modern, Director’s Office assistant to Sir Nicholas Serota and to Vicente Todolì
  • 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, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA

 

  • Until 2012 I was called Sarah K Davenport