Sarah Kudirka (nee Davenport) is an award-winning artist of 30+ years practice. Has lived and painted full-time in Glasgow since 2017.
What she makes is focused on the shapes and edges of human-made stuff – such as cities, buildings, furniture, words and objects. Kudirka's work is characterised by obliterated, incised, scratched, scraped and layered surfaces. She often paints over Polaroids snaps and other recycled instant film exposures, including failed shots by others.
Her work draws on memories of west coast holidays and walking in cities. For part of her childhood her family lived in East Africa and the sensations she felt back then still feed into her art. A Tanzanian archaeological site where the earliest human remains had been found, impressed upon her the idea that we are outlived by things; belongings that we choose, use, make, inherit and pass on link us to culture, tradition, place.
Her paintings are held in private collections internationally.
Kudirka has high-level experience in creative consultancy, notably with Arup engineers, architects, clients and designers on public realm and building projects. Especially valued at concept/bid stage, she brings an artist’s way of thinking to the design team. For Arup Sarah also set up an innovative events series, intended to spark interdisciplinary connections, The Penguin Pool was successfully launched in 15 cities worldwide. At Arup she also piloted a training programme in working without a brief.
She was a Trustee/Board Member of London charity Acme Studios for years, and is an elected SSA Council member.
BA (Hons) Fine Art University of Leeds
MA Sculpture Studies University of Leeds
Purchase Prize - Young Artists South East
Major Award - The British Council
The Passey Prize in Art - University of Leeds
Light in Art - The Prudential
2017 When did you last look up? – London Festival of Architecture
2015 Paint + Polaroids – Canary Wharf, 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:
2021 STOP.START Sarah Kudirka + Rowena Comrie - South Block, Glasgow
2021 INSTANT, Society of Scottish Artists, co-Curator - online
2020 Borders Art Fair - Kelso
2019 Little Originals - Dockstreet Gallery, Dundee
2019 Art CarBoot Sale - Patricia Fleming /SWG3 Glasgow
2019 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair - Kelvingrove, Glasgow
2018 Into The City - Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
2015, 2016 & 2017 The Other Art Fair - London
2003 Pop Culture - Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton
2002 Size Matters - Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
2001 ARTFutures - Contemporary Art Society, London
2021 Paper published in Studies in Photography journal
2020 Speaker at National Trust for Scotland's Second Morton Symposium on Women’s Photography, convened by Glasgow Women's Library
2018-21 Elected Council Member, Society of Scottish Artists
2018 Research Residency, ProjectAbility, Glasgow
2011-13 Artist in ARUP, global in-house role initiated by