"Earth, waters, and climate, the mute world, the voiceless things one places as a décor surrounding the usual spectacles, all those things that never interested anyone, from now on thrust themselves brutally and without warning into our schemes and manoeuvres. They burst in on our culture, which had never formed anything but a local, vague, and cosmetic idea of them: nature. What was once local – this river, that swamp – is now global: Planet Earth."
 

Michel Serres


 


 

​My interest lies in the lived landscapes through which communities identify themselves and whether this creates a common memory.

I am interested in the way in which organic textures, patterns and landscapes resonate. I investigate both the presence of the flora and foliage that can be found within a landscape – as well as how the plants that inhabit these scenes can describe the habitats they are a part of.

I draw on these parallels between nature and human nature through the application of oil paint, natural pigments, collage and film. Each work begins as a response and an experience of a place. I consider how we negotiate places that we have been to and visited, and how we remember. At times the canvases recall more formal pictorial landscape painting, but always adopting a quality of immediacy and freedom in direct response to these environments.


I have recently been living with the Kuna community in the indigenous region of Guna Yala, Panama as an artist in residence. I am fascinated by the richness and diversity of this landscape and the ancestral connections to forests that the Kuna people have carried for centuries. I am finding ways to access and comment on these connections whilst focusing on the botanical identity of the region.

b. 1993  / Lives and works in london


 

2019-2021
Royal College of Art, MA Painting

 

2012-2015
Loughborough University, BA (Hons) Fine Art


 

AWARDS
 

2019 Winner of the Ali H. Alkazzi Scholarship Award

2019 Winner of the Djanogly Art Award


SOLO SHOWS:


Tropic, Bird and Blend, Nottingham, 08/08/2019 - 08/09/2019


Edenic, Pspowage Art Gallery, Nottingham, 7/12/2016 - 20/1/2017


Plantopia, Photo Nottingham, Nottingham, 11/11/2016 - 7/12/2016



COLLABORATIVE SHOWS:


Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, London - 10/02/2020 - 14/02/2020


Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, London - 31/01/2020 - 02/02/2020


Contemporary Art Auction, Nottingham Lakeside Arts - 06/09/2019 - 12​/10/2019

 

University Summer Exhibition, Nottingham Lakeside Arts - 13/07/2019 - Djanogly Art Award Prize Winner

 

City Takeover, UK Young Artists, Nottingham, 7/2/2019 - 13/02/2019


Film Free and Easy - Casts The Net, Primary, Nottingham - 23/11/2018



University Autumn Exhibition, Nottingham Lakeside Arts - 13/10/2018 - 27/10/2018

 

STRATA:1, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 23/02/2018 - 10/03/2018

ONE OFF ART SALE, 35 Gamble Street, Nottingham, 25/11/2017

THiNK: Summer Open Exhibition, Cobden Place, Nottingham, 27/07/2017 - 3/09/2017


University Summer Exhibition, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, 24/06/2017 - 8/07/2017

 

Lady Bay Arts Festival, Nottingham, 20/05/2017 - 21/05/2017


Phlexx (LIVE Art Exhibition), Nottingham Contemporary, 20/08/2016


BOHUNKYDORY, Bohunk Institute, Nottingham, 8/04/2016 - 15/04/2016


International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 16/01/2016 - 23/01/2016


Under the Bed, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 16/01/2016 - 23/01/2016

 

Exhibit Here, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, London, 16/11/2015 - 20/11/2015

 


Parallax 14, Chelsea Hall, Chelsea, London, 23/10/2015 - 25/10/2015
 

Green HeART City (LIVE Art Exhibition) with Arts Council England, Nottingham Riverside Festival, 1/08/2015 - 2/08/2015

 


Free Range Show, Brick Lane, London,  25/06/2015 - 29/06/2015


LUSAD Degree Show, Loughborough University, Loughborough, 6/06/2015 - 14/06/2015

Paris Pop Up Exhibition, Loughborough University, Loughborough,  24/10/2014 - 28/10/2014

 

We Create Live (LIVE Art Exhibition), Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester, 08/05/2014

 


Foundation Show, New College Nottingham, Nottingham, 06/2012


ARTIST TALK

Between Forests and Oceans, Artist Talk with UK Young Artists, The Florist, Nottingham, 11.02.2019

 


CURATION

STRATA:1, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 23/02/2018 - 10/03/2018



ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

25/09/2018 - 16/10/2018
TROPIC 08°N - Guna Yala, Panama
La Wayaka Current and Guna Yala Indigenous Province


7/07/2018 - Present
Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, England


02/03/2016 - 01/09/2018
Bohunk Institute, Nottingham, England


02/09/2015 - 02/03/2016
Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England


 

COLLECTIONS

 

Works held in private collections in Nottingham, London, Singapore, Berlin and South Africa.


PUBLICATIONS

'Sarah Cunningham'
CURATE
30/03/2017

BoHUNKYDORY Exhibition Opens
Creative Quarter
07/04/2016

BoHUNKYDORY
Leftlion, Pick of the Week
01/04/2016

Parallax
'Catalogue 14'
23/10/2015

'Students end of Year Work - in pictures'
The Guardian,
24/07/2015

'Fine Art Graduate recognised by Guardian Education's Students Express'
 Loughborough University, News And Events,
27/07/2015

'Sarah Cunningham, Paradisiacal'
LeftLion, Issue 68,
29/06/2015

'For the love of Gardens'
Nottingham Post, Page 10,
20/08/2015

'Portfolio of Sarah Cunningham'
Free Range Website,
05/06/2015

'Loughborough University, Fine Art Degree Show'
Free Range Catalogue,
05/06/2015

'Fine Art Degree Show 2015, Fine Art'
Loughborough University School of the Arts Catalogue,
29/06/2015

 

 

CONTACT
 

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