Sarah Davis


Sarah Davis is a multi-media artist using hands on sculptural techniques to explore the cyclical nature of recovery and renewal. Davis’ approach to making is informed by a love for historic crafts such as carving and gilding. Her carving is very sculptural and contemporary but rooted in the language of ornament.

Since 2020 Sarah has been practicing the art of illumination which is listed on The HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts.

In 2012 Davis graduated from Chelsea College of Art with a BA in Fine Art. She returned to education in 2015 to study woodcarving and gilding at the the City & Guilds of London Art school. She graduated with a distinction in 2019. Since then Davis has set up her studio in South London and now teaches on several of the Art school’s specialist degree courses: Carving; Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces; and Conservation: Books & Paper.


2015 -2019, Diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving & Gilding, City & Guilds of London Art School, London

2009 – 2012, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design



BAMS New medallist, 2022 – 2023

V&A Residency: Shifting perspectives (shortlisted), 2022

Art & Ornament. Dalkeith Palace, Edinburgh, 2022

Worshipful Company of Educators’ Trust Award for Art and Design, 2022

Current Transmission, ICA, London, 2022

Lost Wax for lost species. Founders Hall, London & Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham, 2021

Centuries in the Making, Bonham’s, New Bond Street & Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 2021

BBC New creatives, Day Zero, Spoken word audio commission for BBC Sounds, 2021

GCDC Gold Award, Modellers category, 2021

POTHOLES, SET Lewisham, 2020

POTHOLES, Alternative online residency, 2020

Strange Loop, St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney, 2019

City & Guilds of London Art School graduate show, 2019

De Lazlo Prize for Gilding + decorative surfaces, 2019

Brian Till Prize for Art History Writing, 2019

Tempting failure 2018: Fractured bodies – Durational, performance, 2019

City & Guilds of London Art School graduate show (INTERIM), 2018

Surveyors Club drawing prize, 2017

Art In Romney Marsh 2016, Site specific art festival, St Clements, Church, Old Romney + St Thomas a Becket Church, Fairfield, 2016

A Journey, The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, 2016

London Craft week 2016, Exhibition of Master Woodcarving, City & Guilds of London Art School, 2016

The Now and Not yet, featured artist in the Holy Biscuit 5 year anniversary publication, 2015

8 minutes, 20 Seconds, Holy Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle, 2015


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