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Feature Sarah Maple shines a light on the big issues

Championed by Kate Bryan
Visual Arts
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Sarah Maple and Kate Bryan
17 March 2021
Interview
Sarah Maple and Kate Bryan
17 March 2021
According to arts broadcaster Kate Bryan, who is also Head of Collections for Soho House and Co. globally, a judge on Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year and mentor for young artists from underrepresented backgrounds, British artist Sarah Maple was compelled to address structural sexism and racism in her work even as an art student, after noticing female students were given less air time and respect.
Bryan says: “Sarah Maple is recognised for her provocative work that challenges ideas around identity, religion, the art world, feminism and freedom of expression.

“I think she is a vital voice of our polarised world – often using herself as a conduit to challenge stereotypes and normative behaviour. She helps us confront and navigate complex issues that we are all thinking about with wit, irony and a startling honesty.”

Maple works across a variety of media including painting, photography, video, performance, ready-mades and collage. Her work is a response to the political climate and world around her, from news events and overheard conversations to popular culture – all served up in her tongue-in-cheek style. Her past exhibitions have focused on Brexit, taboo representations of Muslim women, ardent feminist themes, xenophobia, Trump and toxic masculinity.

You can see Maple’s work next in an exhibition at KochxBos gallery in Amsterdam in September, all being well. Her painting ‘The Past Is Now’ has also been acquired by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and she’s looking forward to seeing it on the wall there after lockdown.

About the champion

The Wick - Kate Bryan

Kate Bryan is an arts broadcaster and Head of Collections for Soho House and Co globally. In June 2019 she published her first book, The Art of Love, her second will be published in September 2021. She has written and presented television programmes for BBC, Sky Arts and Sky Arte Italia and is a judge on the long running programmes Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of The Year. In 2014 she won the Arts category in the Women of the Future Awards and is now a mentor for young artists from underrepresented backgrounds.

“I think she is a vital voice of our polarised world – often using herself as a conduit to challenge stereotypes and normative behaviour.”

Kate Bryan

Place of Birth

England, UK

Education

BA Fine Art, Kingston University

Awards, Accolades

Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, 2015 and 4 New Sensations, 2007

Most recent exhibitions

‘Wide Awake’ KochxBos Gallery, video ‘art-com’ piece ‘Sarah Maple’s Nazi Sexy Shark Show’ available to view on demand on Sky Arts

Spiritual guides, mentors

I have some amazing mentors such as Kate Bryan, Godfrey Worsdale and Skinder Hundal. Ru Paul is my spiritual guide

Advice

Always trust your gut instinct


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