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Sarah Kudirka


Sarah Kudirka is a visual artist based in Glasgow whose work concerns the shapes and edges of things. Her making is characterised by not letting a surface lie; she overlays and trashes back using oil paint and instant film.

Kudirka works primarily in paint on Polaroids, Instax and canvas. Her latest work includes Hidden Lane Colours, a series of concentrated oil sketches over Instax snaps; and Trashed Canvases, made by slashing back through layers of her previous paintings. A major project of 7+ years focused on her walking in cities – including London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney 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.

Sarah was a Board Member/Trustee of Acme Studios in London from 2009 to 2017, when she moved to Scotland. She is an elected Council Member of the Society of Scottish Artists. In 2018 she was Research Artist in Residence at Project Ability, Glasgow.

Experienced in commissioning and delivery-planning for art in the public realm working with architects, developers and public sector clients, in 2017 Sarah was invited onto 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 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 its rollout in Beijing, Cape Town, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney & Toronto (23 events sequentially across 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 in 1992 she researched the catalogue raisonné of Austin Wright (1911-97), published in J. Hamilton’s monograph on the sculptor, Lund Humphries / The Henry Moore Foundation, 1994.

Sarah is partially deaf but does not regard herself as a disabled artist.