Sarah R Key

Derbyshire, UK





Selected Exhibitions 

Where I End and You Begin, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, UK
23/06/12 – 28/10/12

Museum of No Fixed Agenda, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, UK
01/10/11 – 05/11/11

The Archaeology of Warren’s and Other Habitats, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, UK

Walters Attic, City Gallery Leicester, UK (supported by Arts Council England)

Painting in a Dialogue with the Digital, Harrington Mill Studios, UK
Grids: Painting in a Dialogue with the Digital, Doctoral Exhibition, The Gallery, LUSAD, Loughborough University, UK

New Work: Joseph Wright Building, Derby, UK

Selected Exhibitions: Group

Detail, H Project Space, Bangkok (curated by Andrew Bracey)
Enclosures/Elsewhere, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London

Creative London (Supported by the British Council/ Space_K/ Kolon)
23/07/12 – 30/09/12 extended to coincide with the Gwangju Biennale
Space K_Seoul/ Space K Gwangju/ Space K Gwacheon, South Korea
Ostrale ’12, Dresden, Germany
13/07/12 – 16/09/12
Darkness of Light, Art Centre, Keum San Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
26/05/12 – 10/06/12
Introducing: Tarpey Gallery Mixed Show, UK
07/04/12 – 12/05/12

Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK
22/09/11 – 08/10/11
Through A Glass Lightly, Gocart Gallery, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
19/08/11 – 03/09/11
Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
OPEM – Open East Midlands, The Collection, Lincoln, UK (Shortlisted for £3000 1st prize)

Because I Can, The Exchange Building, Nottingham, UK (Supported by Arts Council England)
Digitalis, Gallery Oldham, UK (Supported by Arts Council England)
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Derby Open, UK (Prizewinner)
Nottingham Castle Annual Open, UK (Prizewinner)
Ostrale ’09, Direktorenvilla, Dresden, Germany
Unique Perspectives, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK

One Leicester Open 20, UK (1st Prizewinner: Attenborough Prize)
Nottingham Castle Annual Open UK (Prizewinner)
Digitalis, Sekler National Museum, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania (Supported by Arts Council England)

True Colour: Salisbury Playhouse Gallery, UK

Derby Museum & Art Gallery, UK

Derby Museum & Art Gallery, UK

Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Banks’ Mill Summer Show Exhibition, UK
Approaches: Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, UK

Commencer: University of Derby, School of Art and Design, UK
Mission: MA Show, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
Emission: The Loading Bay, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK
BHF Bank, London, UK
Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
Transmission: Wimbledon Library Gallery, London, UK

BHF Bank, London, UK

Derby Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery , UK (First Prize, Silver Palette Winner)
Banks’ Mill Studios, Derby, UK
99 Degrees: BA Show, University of Derby, UK
Porthleven is a Quiet…: ACME Studios, Cornwall, UK

Sharp Show: The Strand, Derby, UK

University of Derby Purchase Prize Collection: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK

Trading Places: Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK

About the Artist

Born in Derby, 1971. Studied at the University of Derby 1995-99, Wimbledon School of Art 2000-01 and Loughborough University 2003-08. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions that include 2014; Creative London at Space_K, Seoul, Gwacheon and Gwanju in Korea, 2012; Ostrale’12, Dresden, Germany, 2012; Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, 2011; Royal Academy Summer Show, London, 2010. Her most recent solo exhibitions were Speaking in Tongues at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent and Wealth Of Ages at Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, both in 2013. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize at Mall Galleries London. Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Staffordshire University.


Paintings 2014

Recent work (since 2013/14) is operating in relation to geometric abstraction. There are other suggestions and references in the work though, that point to different contextual meanings, from impossible landing strips to glacial models. Forms, with interior/ exterior dislocation and masses, made up of platforms, lines and folds – all appear unburdened by the spatial rules of gravity. Situations, places and objects that are real and imagined, appropriated and invented, find their way into the genesis of these paintings. An image in the landscape, a frame in a film or the music in the studio on any given day might also alter the shape or colour that a painting takes. Compressing ideas and forms as a means of getting from a world of experience and representation, to the plastic world of painting, is the main driver behind this working methodology.


Selected Publications

Iris Of A Peeping Eye: Poems inspired by art in the Heart of England. Philip Monks, Jonathan Davidson (Eds.) 2013. Birmingham Museums Trust in association with Writing West Midlands & Five Seasons Press. ISBN 978-0-9570494-2-0
Bird Songs To My Father, 2013, artist’s edition of 23, each including a unique giclée print
Creative London, 2012 (supported by the British Council, Kolon & Space K)
Ostrale 12
La Monde Diplomatique, International Edition, July 2012
Where I End And You Begin, Derby Museum & Art Gallery Publication, 2012
The Threadneedle Prize 2011
Sideshow 2010 (British Art Show) ISBN 978-0-9559581-2-0 (ACE funded)
Supermarket 2010
fringemk Annual Painting Prize, 2009
Walter’s Attic, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9554095-6-1 (ACE funded)
Ostrale ‘09, 2009
Digitalis, 2008, ISBN 978-0-901437-09-9 (ACE funded)
Grids: Painting in a Dialogue with the Digital, 2008 (PhD, Loughborough University)




PhD (Painting & theory) Grids: Painting in a Dialogue with the Digital,
Loughborough University, UK, August 2008
MA Fine Art: Painting
Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
2000 – 2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art
First Class
University of Derby, UK
1996 – 1999





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