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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 paintings are characterised by painting, drawing over and scratching back oils on instant film or canvas.

Recent work includes Hidden Lane Colours, a series of concentrated abstract oil sketches over Instax snaps; and Trashed Canvases, made by relentlessly slashing back through layers of previous paintings to make them anew. A major ongoing project of 7+ years derives from Kudirka walking in cities – including London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Edinburgh and Glasgow – while looking up at the sky. The series output comprises hundreds of images made over Polaroids, using paint and pencil to obliterate the photographic image and reimagine those cities.

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. Her paper “The Photos by Women You Just Won’t See” will be given during the Second Morton Symposium on Women & Photography in Scotland, convened by the National Trust for Scotland at Glasgow Women’s Library, on 2 April 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 events sequentially in 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 present herself as a disabled artist.