Sarah Maple is an award winning visual artist known for her bold, brave, mischievous and occasionally controversial artworks that challenges notions of identity, religion and the status quo. Much of Maple's inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds.

She completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007 and in the same year won the '4 New Sensations' award for emerging artists, run by The Saatchi Gallery. Sarah’s artwork, film and performances have been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Tate Britain (London), A.I.R Gallery (NY), AGO (Canada), The New Art Exchange (Nottingham), Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast) and Kunisthoone (Estonia). 

Sarah's work has been the subject of documentaries including for ARTE and VPRO. In 2015 she released her first book 'You Could Have Done This', a hardback art book of selected works with contributions from Beverley Knowles (curator and writer), Margaret Harrison (artist), Oreet Ashery (artist) and Anne Swartz (professor Art History). 

Later in 2015, Sarah was awarded a Sky Academy Arts scholarship from Sky Arts which included £30,000, mentoring and a Sky Arts documentary. With the scholarship she exhibited a new body of work at New Art Exchange in August 2017.   Maple lives and works in Sussex. 

"Sarah Maple’s artwork is unfailingly bold and brave, not for the coy or faint of heart. These unflinching, occasionally even controversial, investigations into what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain are made joyful by her own very personal brand of boisterous, tongue-in-cheek humour. This is not sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake, but rather a heart felt urge by a twenty-seven-year old artist of great sincerity and talent, for the viewer to look again, and this time with a more questioning eye, at traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, culture and religion." - Beverley Knowles 2012

 

BIOGRAPHY
1985         Born in United Kingdom
                 Lives and works in Sussex

EDUCATION 
2004-07     B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Kingston University
2003-04     Foundation Course, University of the Creative Arts

AWARDS 
2015         Sky Academy Arts Scholarship
2014          'Artangel' shortlist
2007         '4 New Sensations', Saatchi Gallery

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017         Not My Cup Of TeaNew Art Exchange, Nottingham
2017         Power to the People? KochxBos Gallery, Amsterdam     
2015         Keeping Up With The Kapulets, The COB Gallery, London
2015         I Disagree With What You Say, KochxBos Gallery, Amsterdam
2014         God Is A Feminist,  Golden Thread, Belfast
2013         You Can't Just Put Your Work Everywhere, Belfast Festival at Queens
2013         SARAH MAPLEKunstihoone, Estonia
2012         It's A Girl!', The Aubin Gallery, London 
2011          Sarah Maple est Croque Madame, INCEPTION Gallery, Paris
2011          I Wish I Had A Penis, KochxBos Gallery, Amsterdam
2010         Ich Liebe Dickmbf-kunstprojekte, curated by Friedrich Gräfling,  Munich, Germany
2008        This Artist Blows,  Salon Gallery, London2015         'Keeping Up With The Kapulets', The COB Gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017        Otherwise You Don't See Me, SOHO20, New York
2017        No Place To Call Home, Kunst Vardo, Oslo
2016        HerselvesBlueproject Foundation,  Barcelona
2016        The Practising Feminist, Tate Britain, London
2016        Maybe She's Born With It, Naughton Gallery, Belfast
2016        Keeping Up With The Kapulets, screened at Belfast International Festival
2016        SELF REFLECTION, The Untitled Space, New York,     
2016        At Home Salon: Double Acts,  Marcelle Joseph Projects
2016        Unbreakable Rope - An Exploration Of Sexuality In Islam, Free Word Centre with Quilliam Foundation
2016        The Other Art Fair, (Guest artist) Victoria House London (live performance)
2015        Perspectives on Peace, York Galleries, Pennsylvania
2015        Who's Afraid of Feminism?A.I.R Gallery, New York
2015        Abject Subject, - Art Exchange, University of Essex
2015        Once Upon Her Time... (Zij was eens...),  TETEM kunstruimte
2015        SHE DEVIL 7,  Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome
2014        JUVENILIA, The Naughton Gallery, Queens University Belfast
2014        50 Years On: the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, mac, birmingham
2014        Identity (in collaboration with WCA), gallery nine5, New York
2014        SCOPE Art Fair, New York
2013        Princesses, Warsaw Photo Days Festival
2013        RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam
2012        Culture Cloud, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2012        The British Cut, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2011         Summer in the City - Contemporary Responses, Ben Uri Museum, London
2010        This is England, Uno + Uno, Milan
2010        Uber Collision: Epic Fail, The Anti Design Festival, Idea Generation Gallery, London
2010        The Man I Wish I Was,  A.I.R Gallery, New York
2009       Activities of God,  Siamsa Gallery, Ireland
2009       United Underground, Southbank Centre, London
2009       Dingle Film Festival, Ireland
2009       Massive Party, AGO, Toronto
2008       UK's Future Greats in NY, White Box, New York
2008       New Works,  Scream Gallery, London
2007    4 New Sensations, Saatchi Gallery, London
2007    Turbulence, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

DOCUMENTARIES

2012       I am Sarah Maple, directed by Directed by Ariel Fisher and Tyler Gurd. To view click here
2011  Sarah’s Barbaren, VPRO, 40 min documentary. To view click here
2011        Don’t be a Pussy - ARTE Tracks. To view click here


CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2011         I Fell In Love With A Conceptual Artist And It Was Totally Meaningless, A solo show by Miriam Elia, curated by Sarah Maple
2010        Feminism in London Postcard Auction, The Aubin Gallery, London


PUBLICATIONS/CATOLGUES

2017        Not My Cup Of Tea exhibition catalogue for solo exhibition at New Art Exchange, ISBN 9780993265952
2015        You Could Have Done This (selected work by Sarah Maple 2007-15), KochxBos Limited Art Books, ISBN 978-90-821944-0-1
2015        Visual Impact, published by Phaidon, ISBN 9780714869704
2015        Airmail: Women of Letters, published by Penguin, ISBN 9780670078660
2014        Sexuality, edited by Amelia Jones and published by Whitechapel Gallery, ISBN 978085488-224-3
2013        Equals: Exploring Feminism through art and conversation edited by Nathalie Boobis and Anne Louise Kershaw. ISBN: 978-1905600397.
2011         Art & Agenda: Political Art and Activism by Robert Klanten, M. Hubner, A. Bieber  ISBN 978-3899553420. Published by Gestalten.
2009       Private Views: Voices from the Front Line of British Culture by Peter Whittle, ISBN 978-1904863434