Sara Dudman RWA British, b. 1964

‘The works presented here are responses to data gathered during research trips to the Hayle and Lelant Estuary RSPB reserve. Each visit to the estuary began with a period of immersion in the environment: walking, drawing, videoing, note-taking and documenting experiences, sensations and observations. Research into the birdlife and meeting RSPB volunteers and enthusiasts have been essential in understanding the bird species, migratory patterns and their behaviours and relationships with the estuary.  


‘I have an ongoing fascination with interpreting and expressing interactions and relationships with the environment.  The mesmerising fascination with the light, water and whirling activity of the birds has been a key influence in the evolution and development of this body of works. The works seek to balance the seemingly fragile and chaotic motion and transience of the birds against the rhythmic flow of the tidal estuary.  A privileged meeting with RSPB experts has informed and deepened my understanding of the birds in the estuary. 


‘The works are created in layers, alternately recording and expressing both the substance and at times elusive essence of birds, water, shoreline, mudflats and sky, identifying the relationship between them. Broad swathes of light and colour characterise and counterpoint the linear qualities in many of the works.  


‘Using the personal and interpretive possibilities of drawing and painting, yet derived from the immediacy and documentation of video, these works combine analysis and emotion.’


Born in 1964, Sara studied on Foundation Course in Art and Design at Braintree College of Arts and Technology (1984) and graduated with a BA from Loughborough College of Art and Design (1987), followed by a MA from De Montfort University, Leicester (1997). Sara has received several awards and prizes including collaboration with fellow artist Debbie Locke RWA: Millfield Summer Show 2013 (prize-winner); John Singer Sargent Open, 2014 (Main Prize-winner); Thelma Hulbert Open, 2014 (First Prize-Winner). She has been shown in many solo, joint and group exhibitions widely in the Southwest and London. Since 1997 Sara has worked in Arts education as a lecturer, artist in residence, curator and advisor.


Sara is a Royal West of England Academician and Secretary of the Blackdown Hills Artist and Makers group. She is also a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.


Sara lives and works in Somerset and is being exhibited for the first time in Cornwall at the Porthminster Gallery.