Sarah Pickstone was born in Manchester. She lives and works in London.


Allegory of Painting. Painting commission from the Royal Academy of Arts London at Burlington House as part of RA250. Opens September 2018
Slatterns, Group show curated by Kathryn Maris, for Poetry London. APT Gallery London opens May 31st 2018
Joy Revision Group show Galerie Simpson, Swansea. Opens August 4th 2018
A Contemporary Enlightenment April 5th 2018. Joint paper given with Tania Moore as part of Contemporary Histories AAH Conference - Courtauld Institute and Kings College London
In Conversation with poet and performer Rommi Smith. Royal Academy of Arts March 3rd 2018
Picturing Women, Work from the Yorkshire Museum's Collection. Mercer Gallery, Yorkshire. January - June 2018
John Moores Prize Winners on Display, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2018.
Sarah Pickstone in conversation, with Melissa Blanchflower from the Serpentine Gallery, Paul Hobson, director, Modern Art Oxford and Judith Carlton director CGP - London - June 2017
Paint Club East, Artist talk, First Site Colchester – April 2016
John Moores Painting Prize China – February 2016
Juror in Shanghai for John Moores Painting Prize China
We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes – conference on the work of Stevie Smith, Jesus College Oxford, March 2016
Artist Talk - Not Waving But Drawing

Prizes and Awards

John Moores Painting Prize. First Prize winner 2012
John Moores Painting Prize winner 2004
The Rome Scholarship in Painting 1991-1992.

Selected shows include:

Other Stories: CGP - London, solo show, June 2017
It's Your Birthday: Group Show Cubitt Artists N1
Royal Drawing School : Christie's Rockerfeller Center, New York 2016
The Rehearsal, Solo Exhibition Mercer Art Gallery, Yorkshire 2015
John Moores China, Museum of the Himalayas Shanghai, 2014
(detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok, June/July 2014
(detail), Transition Gallery, London, September/October 2014
Royal Academy Summer Show - invited artist, 2014
Intonazione, Eremo di S Caterina, Isola d’Elba, 2014
Dirty Pop, & Model, Leeds, 2013
The Writers Series, Solo exhibition, NewArtCentre. Roche Court, 2013
New Works at the Walker, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2013 - 2014
Let the World Slip, Lion and Lamb Gallery London, November, 2012
John Moores 2012 - First Prizewinner, Liverpool, 2012
Layers, Seongnam Art Centre, Korea, 2010
Double Interview, I-MYU Projects and Seoul Art Space, Korea, 2010
Irony and Gesture, Kukje Gallery, Seoul Korea, 2008
Sarah and Simon, Platform, 2006
Morpho Eugenia, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, San Marino, Italy 2005
Marino, Italy 2005
Park Life, Clifford Chance, London, 2005
John Moores 23, Walker Art Gallery 2004 Liverpool -Prizewinner
The Park, Solo Show Platform 2004 London
Hortulus Animae, Eremo di S Caterina, Isola d'Elba, Italy, 2002

See Documentation for press and catalogues

In 2004 she was a runner up prize winner of the John Moore prize.

Pickstone works from her studio at Cubitt in central London. She has exhibited widely and has work in the Saatchi Collection, The Walker Art Gallery, The Mercer Art Gallery.

Contemporary Art Society
Cubitt Studios
Royal Drawing School


Park Notes An anthology of Art & Writing From a London Park - Paintings by Sarah Pickstone. Contributors; Writing from; Marina Warner, Ali Smith, Iain Sinclair, Amanda Coe, Lara Feigel, Emily Rhodes, Craig Taylor, Olivia Laing, Jackie Kay & Paul Hobson. Artists; Fiona Banner, Michael Landy, Laura Braun, Stephen Gill, John Stezaker & Patti Smith.
The Beholder
- by Ali Smith published by Atlantis Books 2013 images by Sarah Pickstone
Artful - by Ali Smith published by Hamish Hamilton 2012 images by Sarah Pickstone
The Saatchi Gallery - The Triumph of Painting, Jonathan Cape 2005


Scholarship: Rome Scholarship in Painting 1991 - 1992
Postgraduate: Royal Academy of Art 1988-1991
Undergraduate : University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1983-1987