Dr. Sadie Murdoch

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice)
Department Art
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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

Sadie has received a number of awards and residencies, including a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England, the Award to Individual Artists from London Arts Board, the Abbey Rome Scholarship from the British School at Rome, the Boise Travel Scholarship from the Slade School of Art, and the Picker Fellowship in Painting from Kingston Polytechnic. She took part in the Triangle International Artists Workshop in Zimbabwe in 1992.

Sadie's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Agency and Henry Peacock galleries in London, as well as internationally in Brussels and Athens. It has been shown in group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery and Cubitt Gallery in London, and internationally at Athens Photo Festival 2011, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, the City Museum of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the Talbot rice Gallery in Edinburgh and Modern Shorts New Museum in New York, among others.