Sarah Walmsley

Masters Fine Art Sculpture (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

Sarah Walmsley has just completed her Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture, following her BTech in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela University. Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and their viewers. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin. 

Through the body language and essence of her sculptures combined with the mediums in which they are created, she aims to visually portray absence and presence using the body as an allegory. This is set within a narrative of personal memory. Walmsley believes that the body is a uniting factor for all of us and individually, our bodies contribute to the ways in which we understand the world. Her work also addresses the ways in which the naked female body has been voyeuristically represented in art and aims to reclaim the female nude, through representations of ‘naked nudes’ by a female artist.


Competitions and Awards

Barclay’s L’Atelier Top 100 National Finalist (2015)
Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist (2015).
Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist (2014)

Selected Exhibitions
2018:

Masters Graduate Exhibition, Bird Street Gallery Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform
Absence and Presence: In Search of Memory and the Imago, Solo Exhibition at State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape

2017:  
The Human Landscape, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
National Arts Festival NMMU Sculpture and Painting Exhibition, Carinus Art Centre, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Untitled | Spring, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
Summer Show, The Boutique Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape.
Paradisiac, Daniel Kok Galery, Hermanus.
Art Meander, Bird Street Gallery Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Dialogues, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

2016:
In the Making, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Skate Create Exhibition, at the Colours of You South Africa Creative Festival, Port Elizabeth (invited artist)
Art Meander, Art on Target, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
NMMU Bird Street Gallery Pop-Up Exhibition, NMMU Bird Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Beneath the Skin Exhibition, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
Intersectionality Exhibition, NMMU South Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

2015:

Aphrodisiac Exhibition, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape
Barclay’s L’Atelier Regional Finalists Exhibition, NMMU North Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Barclay’s L’Atelier Top 100 National Finalists Exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, Gauteng (catalogue)
National Arts Festival NMMU Exhibition, Trinity Hall, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Parcels of Memory Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Sasol New Signatures Regional Finalists Exhibition, NMMU North Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

2014:
Parergons of the Divine Virgule Exhibition, ArtEC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Gauteng (catalogue)
Shades of Pink Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
NMMU BTech Graduate Exhibition, Athenaeum , Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
NEWNOWNEXT Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Equus Exhibition, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape

2013:
Modern Miniatures Exhibition, ART Gallery and at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Small Works Great Concepts Exhibition, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
NMMU Graduate Exhibition, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape


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