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Sarah Kudirka is a contemporary artist based in Glasgow whose work concerns the shapes and edges of things. Her distinctive images are made by painting, drawing and scratching through oils layered onto instant film, wood or canvas.
Recent work includes Hidden Lane Colours, concentrated abstract oil sketches over Instax exposures; and Trashed Canvases, made by slashing back through layers of paintings to make them anew. An ongoing project of 8+ years derives from Sarah walking in cities – including London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow – while looking up at the sky. Its output comprises hundreds of images made over Polaroids, using paint and pencil to obliterate the photographic image and reimagine those cities.
As well as being a SCAN member, Sarah is an elected Council Member of the Society of Scottish Artists. She was a Board Member & Trustee of Acme Studios in London from 2009 to 2017. In February 2018 she was Research Artist in Residence at Project Ability, Trongate103 in Glasgow. Her paper “The Photos by Women You Just Won’t See” will be part of the Second Morton Symposium on Women & Photography in Scotland, convened by the National Trust for Scotland in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library, October 2020.
Experienced in commissioning and delivery-planning for art in the public realm working with architects, developers and public sector clients, in 2017 Sarah was on the selection panel for a new series of sculptures as part of a major London-wide infrastructure project.
Sarah worked with Arup from 2006 consulting on communications at Global Board-level, then proposed and became the engineering firm’s first ever Artist Inhouse working on a portfolio of projects, (2011-13). Having collaborated with Sir John Sorrell to develop the concept for a series of creative nights, Sarah was its founder, working with teams worldwide to stage The Penguin Pool. She oversaw rollout in Beijing, Cape Town, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney & Toronto (23 live events sequentially during 21 months).
Kudirka (née Davenport) holds BA hons Fine Art (1990) and MA in Sculpture Studies (1991) from The University of Leeds, where she was also awarded The Passey Prize In Art. Funded by the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, she researched the catalogue raisonné of Austin Wright (1911-97), which was subsequently published in Hamilton, J.’s monograph on the sculptor, Lund Humphries / The Henry Moore Foundation, 1994.
Sarah is partially deaf but does not identify as a disabled artist.