News & CV

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

News Talks & Lectures

Feminine Power  - Belinda Crerar curator at the British Museum in conversation with Sarah Pickstone and Claudia Tobin. June 2022
Studio 9: Porthmeor Studios Residency. St Ives, Cornwall. January - February 2022

Painting after Angelica Kauffman  - Artist talk November 2021 Kenwood House, London
Appointed Trustee of the John Moores Painting Prize Trust 2021
Women’s Lockdown art – exhibition in aid of Women and Health charity, Zabludovicz Collection November 2020
Creative Conversations: online studio discussion with Claudia Tobin and Mark Cazalet – Royal Drawing School. July 2020
Bath Spa University – Artist talk  June 2020
Chair of SMC Cubitt Artists 2019
St John’s College Oxford - Artist talk November 2019.
New Hall Collection Artist talk Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall. September 2019.
Process: Sarah Pickstone interview with Mark Hampson – RA magazine Spring 2019.
Sarah Pickstone Artist talk – Royal Drawing School London October 2018.
Sarah Pickstone in conversation with Bob and Roberta Smith – Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly London W1, October 31st, 2018.
My Art Agenda: Interview with Sarah Pickstone – RA Magazine Autumn 2018.
Engaging the Female Gaze in Visual Art and Poetry – A panel discussion with Bidisha, Sarah Pickstone, Isobel Dixon and Vera Iliatova part of Poetry London, A.P.T. Gallery, June 2018.
A Contemporary Enlightenment – Joint paper given with Tania Moore as part of Contemporary Histories AAH Conference, Courtauld Institute and Kings College London, April 5th 2018.
In Conversation with poet and performer Rommi Smith – Royal Academy of Arts, March 3rd, 2018.
Artist Talk - Turps Banana Painting School, 2018
Sarah Pickstone Artist’s Talk – Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London,  June 5th, 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 – Juror in Shanghai for the John Moores Painting Prize China, February 2016.
Not Waving But Drawing – Paper & Artist Talk. Part of We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes – Conference on the work of Stevie Smith, Jesus College Oxford, March 2016.

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:

The Return Group show curated by Dan Howard-Birt, Kingsgate Projects, London, December 2022
Cubitt30 Group show at Victoria Miro Gallery, London, September 2022. Also available here online: Cubit 30 on Vortic
A Drawing Show V.O. Curations, London July 2022
Fully Awake Group show Holden gallery, Manchester School of Art, November 2021
Knocking It Out Of The Park, group show curated by Paint Talk. November 2021, Gallery 46, London
On Reflection, 700 years of Dante Alighieri group show November 2021 Holborn, London
Freeze-frame Fast-forward  Group show Koppel Project November 2019
How Small a Thought  Group show Marine Drive Margate September - October 2019
Allegory of Painting   Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts as part of RA250  two- part painting installation, Burlington house Hallway and Ramp Space, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly London September 5th 2018 until August, 2019. Read more...
Joy Revision   Group Show Galerie Simpson, Swansea, curated by Jane Simpson with Angela de la Cruz, Andreas Ruthi, Anne Ryan and Stephen Snoddy August 4th – October 6th, 2018
Slatterns   Group Show curated by Kathryn Maris for Poetry London, A.P.T. Gallery Deptford London, June 2018 With Ellen Gallagher, Vera Iliatov, Angela Dufresne, Sunny Kim and Niamh Riordan
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
Other Stories   Solo show at CGP, London, curated by Judith Carlton, June, 2017
It's Your Birthday   Darbyshire, London, Group Show Cubitt Artists N1, 2017
Royal Drawing School   Christie's Rockerfeller Center, New York, 2016
The Rehearsal   Solo Exhibition, curated by Lara Goodband, 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   Group show curated by I-MYU Projects, Seongnam Art Centre, Korea, 2010
Double Interview   I-MYU Projects and Seoul Art Space, Korea, 2010
Irony and Gesture   Group Show with Charles Avery, David Batchelor, Sam Buxton, Richard Hamilton, David Mach, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigly, Simon Patterson, Gary Webb, Richard Woods. Curated by Jiyoon Lee, Kukje Gallery, Seoul Korea, 2008
Sarah and Simon   Platform, London, 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, Liverpool - Prizewinner, 2004 
The Park   Solo Show, Platform, London, 2004 
Hortulus Animae   Eremo di S Caterina, Isola d'Elba, Italy, 2002

See Documentation for press and catalogues


The Royal Academy of Arts
Societe Generale UK Art Collection 
Saatchi Collection
The Walker Art Gallery National Museums of Liverpool
The Mercer Art Gallery collection – Yorkshire Museums
British School at Rome


Teaching is an intrinsic part of my practice:
2019 – current  Mentor Turps Banana Painting School: On site programme, Offsite programme, Correspondence Course
2015 – current  Senior faculty Royal Drawing School
2019 – Appointment to RDS Academic Board, Liverpool John Moores Paining Prize 


Ways of Drawing: Artists’ Perspectives and Practices  Royal Drawing School  Thames and Hudson 2019  
Contributing essay.
Interview with Inside AWA ( Advancing Women Artists in Florence) October 2019
Poetry Review  105:4  Winter 2015 
Drawing and Painting  Editor Kate Wilson, Thames and Hudson, 2015
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, 2014
The Beholder - by Ali Smith, mages by Sarah Pickstone.  Published by Atlantis Books, 2013 
Artful - by Ali Smith, images by Sarah Pickstone.  Published by Hamish Hamilton, 2012 
The Triumph of Painting The Saatchi Gallery. Published by Jonathan Cape, 2005


Contemporary Art Society 
Cubitt Studios
Royal Drawing School


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

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