Dr Sadie Murdoch

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice)
Department Art
Email s.murdoch (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 020 7717 2215

In Sadie Murdoch's recent projects, chromatic anomalies and unstable readings are deployed in order to provide an insight into the ways in which photographic documents construct notions of ‘otherness’ and produce particular readings of history. Faults appear, mis-alignments of colour, smearings, dirt.

In Sadie's photographs, she often appears as an incarnation of a historical character or event. She is part of the work in a material sense, in the re-enacted gestures and poses, the making and marking of the objects and surfaces. The registers of the drawn, the photographed and the real merge and force a consideration of how we construct and are constructed by, our encounter with the archival. She is currently represented by Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels.

Academic qualifications

  • 2003-2004 Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York 
  • 1993-1999 Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, PhD Visual Arts 
  • 1989-1990 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. MA Painting 
  • 1984-1987 Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, BA (Hons) Fine Art. First Class 
  • 1983-1984 Leicester Polytechnic, Foundation in Art and Design

Professional projects

Employing methods of re-staging and photo-montage, Sadie Murdoch explores the nature of the photographic document as a construct. Fragments of the unrecognisable and unidentified, the lost and ruined, appear in her drawings and photographs, as part of an investigation into the way in which archives can be ‘inhabited’, through methods which are digital, material and spatial.

Murdoch was a Picker Fellow, Kington University from 1990-1991, and an Abbey Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome in 2002. She attended the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, New York from 2003-2004 and has been a recipient of awards from Arts Council England, and the London Arts Board. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, The Apartment, Athens, and the Agency, the Henry Peacock Gallery and Domobaal in London. 

For her solo exhibition in 2016, SSS-MM, at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich, accompanied by her artist book Omnipulsepunslide (published by Artphilein Editions), Murdoch re-interpreted images, objects and texts relating to women involved in the New York and Zürich Dada movement. 

Murdoch was included in La Grande Horizontale at TEFAF Curated, Maastricht, the Netherlands andBrexit-Out of the Matrix? at Palazzo Liestal, Basel, Switzerland (2017), Spectral Metropole at the Vžigalica Gallery, City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012), Gets Under the Skin at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2010) and Ballet Mécanique at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2008). She has a number of works in public collections, including the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich and the Museum of Santa Cruz de Toledo, Spain.

Publications and research outputs


Murdoch, Sadie. 2023. Women of the '20s. In: "Women of the '20s", Belmacz Gallery, United Kingdom, 5 October - 22 December 2023.

Murdoch, Sadie and Kahn, Daria. 2022. The Baroness. In: "The Baroness", Mimosa House, London, United Kingdom, 27 May - 17 September 2022.

De Buck, Isolde and Murdoch, Sadie. 2021. Rhapsody in Blue. In: "Rhapsody in Blue", Villa Les Zéphyrs, Westende, Belgium, 30 October 2021- 18 April 2022.

Murdoch, Sadie and Muggenburg, Julia. 2021. I dialogue, Kinch. In: "I dialogue, Kinch", Belmacz Gallery, United Kingdom, 16 June - 19 November 2021.

Sturgis, Daniel and Murdoch, Sadie. 2019. Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis. In: "Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis", Camberwell Space, UAL, United Kingdom, 16 September - 9 November 2019.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2018. Museo Colección Polo (MCP) in Toledo and Cuenca. In: "Museo Colección Polo (MCP) in Toledo and Cuenca", Convento de Santa Fe, Toledo, Spain, 1 year.

Murdoch, Sadie; Schaertlin, Kitty and von Burg, Dominique. 2017. Brexit - Out of the Matrix. In: "Brexit - Out of the Matrix", Palazzo Liestal, Basel, Switzerland, 13th May -25th June 2017.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2017. La Grande Horizontale: Between Heaven and Earth. In: "La Grande Horizontale: Between Heaven and Earth", TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands, 9th-19th March 2017.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2016. SSS-MM. In: "SSS MM", Zürich, Switzerland, Switzerland, 25 February - 8 May 2016.


Murdoch, Sadie; Upson, Toby and Zahedi, Abbas. 2021. A Case of Med(dling)tation. In: "A Case of Med(dling)tation", Belmacz Gallery, United Kingdom, 10 July 2021.

Artist's Book

Murdoch, Sadie. 2016. Omnipulsepunslide..

Conference or Workshop Item

Kahn, Daria; Murdoch, Sadie; Partridge, Taqralik and Ades, Dawn. 2022. 'Finissage: The Baroness, panel talk'. In: Finissage: The Baroness. Mimosa House, United Kingdom 15 September 2022.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2018. 'Inhabiting the Archive - The Anagrammatic Model: The Body, in Pieces'. In: Inhabiting the Archive - The Anagrammatic Model: The Body, in Pieces. FOMU-Fotomuseum, Belgium March 27, 2018.

Murdoch, Sadie and Mareike, Foecking. 2018. 'The Anagrammatic Model: The Body, in Pieces'. In: Duesseldorf Photo Conference: Photography (No_On) Photography. HSD – Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany 23. to 24.2.2018.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2017. 'Putting Her in History: Taking the Piss'. In: Putting Her in History: Taking the Piss. Shoreditch House, United Kingdom 30th March 2017.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2017. 'Your Eyes are My Hands'. In: Intimacy Unguarded: Gender, the Unconscious and Contemporary Art. Freud Museum, United Kingdom 27th February 2017.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2017. 'Public Lecture, Transmission Lecture series'. In: "Who is an artist?. Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom 14th February 2017.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2016. 'In which direction does research direct the artist?'. In: Workshop Haus Konstruktiv. Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland 23rd March 2016.

Murdoch, Sadie. 2016. 'She Danced and Cut a Triangle, and a Rectangle, in a Circle, in a Circle'. In: She Danced and Cut a Triangle, and a Rectangle, in a Circle, in a Circle. Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland 23rd March 2016.


Murdoch, Sadie. 2018. I Can See The Men Hidden In The Forest. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 16(3), pp. 229-239. ISSN 1470-2029

Book Section

Murdoch, Sadie. 2015. Too Much of a Good Thing. In: Mo Throp and Maria Walsh, eds. The MAKE Anthology: Reviewing the Past and Looking to the Future of Women’s Art Practice. London: I.B Tauris. ISBN The MAKE Anthology: Reviewing the Past and Looking to the Future of Women’s Art Practice