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 will be exhibiting a new body of work at The 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


1985         Born in United Kingdom
                 Lives and works in Sussex

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

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

2017         Solo exhibition 'Not My Cup Of Tea' New Art Exchange, 12 August - 1st October

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 MAPLE', Kunstihoone, 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 Dick', mbf-kunstprojekte, curated by Friedrich Gräfling,  Munich, Germany
2008        'This Artist Blows', Salon Gallery, London

2017        'Otherwise You Don't See Me', SOHO20, New York
2017        'No Place To Call Home', Kunst Vardo, Oslo
2016        'Herselves', Blueproject 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', October, 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


2012        'I am Sarah Maple', directed by Directed by Ariel Fisher and Tyler Gurd. Winner of Critics' Award for best short at                                                           Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Also featured at Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POWfest), Silent                                                           River Film Festival and the Iranian Film Festival San Fransisco. 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


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, 4th October, The Aubin Gallery, London


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