Sacha Craddock - critic & curator

As writer, curator, teacher, and consultant, I work and advise on all aspects of art. 


"Obsessed with contemporary art, I love looking and being critical; my passion for new work is constant.  I am particularly excited at the moment by my research into the public, private, educational, and institutional aspects of  British Art in 1988,  just before the advent of the internet.


The current political situation means that the art being made today might seem light, utopian even, yet a true fight for art, art education, and freedom will inevitably involve some defence of indulgence and failure. 


I am fascinated, also, by art from Mexico, Ethiopia, Spain, Palestine, and Jamaica." 

See my drawings on Instagram page @archersdrawings 

For all enquiries please contact me.

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New Contemporaries 

2018 manifestation, which moved from Liverpool to South London Gallery on closing on 24 February 2019

2019 first stage of the two part selection process starts 11 March 2019 with Ben Rivers, Rana Begum, and Sonia Boyce as selectors and Sacha Craddock as chair. 

AICA UK Co-President 

At the AGM on November 26th 2018, Sacha Craddock and Ingrid Swenson were elected joint President of AICA-UK.

The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) brings together some 4,200 art professionals from some 70 countries all over the world, organised into 63 National Sections and an Open Section. AICA is particularly well represented in all parts of Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Caribbean. 

Started at the end of the 1940s, when many art schools and movements were founded,  AICA came out of  two UNESCO conferences where art critics, historians and educators, as well as modern art museum curators, met to compare points of view about the role played by art criticism, its responsibility towards artists and the public, whilst considering how art history had evolved.

Maternal Attitudes Symposium Panel 1 ‘Curating the Invisible’ University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus + Cardiff MADE Gallery, 17 November 2018

An exciting symposium over the course of one day brings together artists, curators, policy makers and thinkers to explore the current role of the maternal voice in practice, its sustainability and visibility within arts programming. 

IAAC5 International Award for Art Criticism, Shanghai, 9-13 November 2018
Jury Member for selection process

Wunderkammer Chelsea College of Arts 25 October 2018

Chris Ivey

Consultation with artist and film maker Chris Ivey around the distribution of and support for new film with an accompanying written text. 

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost Travesía Cuatro, Madrid 12 September- 10 November 2018

TRAVESIA CUATRO presents Not all those who wander are lost, the new solo exhibition by Jose Dávila, from September 12th until the 10th of November 2018. In addition to this and on the occasion of Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend, Travesía Cuatro will present an installation of sculptures by the artist at Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden from September 12th to 16th. Accompanying catalogue, with essay by Sacha Craddock. 

Curated Margate Festival: NOW 14-30 September 2018 

“The Margate Festival encourages us to live in the moment, to momentarily stop whatever we do to participate, jump in, and focus on what is really happening. Not to record, document, look back or forward , so much as to speedily or slowly, in a potentially dangerous and fast changing time, concentrate on NOW.
It is powerful, to shift from the collective to the individual, then back again, to experience everything, from slow walking, fast filming, collective food, through to painting, performance and fun. From self-conscious contemplation to hyper hedonistic blast, we hope to present gain and pleasure, insight and effect, gentle compulsion and roaring necessity in the very present.” - Sacha Craddock

The definers of success, Royal Academy, June 21, 2018 6.30–7.45pm
Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, Head of the RA Schools, Eliza Bonham Carter, and the Director of Ikon Gallery Jonathan Watkins explore how artistic success is defined and who defines it, in this discussion chaired by art critic and curator Sacha Craddock. 

Book: The Feather and the Elephant, June 10, 2018. 
Including discussion and interview of artist by Sacha Craddock. 

Catalogue: Young in Hong The Moon's Trick 
With essay 'Young in Hong: 'Around the Corner'' by Sacha Craddock.

The Lore of the Land at Churchgate Gallery, Somerset, England. Lore; a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth.
And, as we all know word of mouth changes from mouth to mouth, truth becomes folklore, “In the beginning was the word”. Words become pictures, pictures become art, deeds become legends, and legends become truth. There is only one truth in art; truth to oneself.
What we believe is what we are. Seeing is believing. What we don’t see is what’s really there. A landscape can morph into a series of shapes and colours, blocks of shape and colour can become a landscape.
As darkness falls, shadows shift and hares become witches. Cats become familiars, is this the world of imagination? What is imagination? After all, we can’t imagine something we’ve never seen; a dream can only portray what the eye has already absorbed.
Reality is beautiful and it grows everywhere, this is the lore of the land.
David Harrison (Curator)

Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking at Attercliffe™️, Sheffield, England. A large diverse international salon-style multigenerational exhibition about painting (in some aspect) including Jan Albers, Sue Arrowsmith, Paul Barlow, Eric Bainbridge, Anthony Bennett, Michael Bevilacqua, Merijn Bolink, Juan Bolivar, Kate Bright, Ralf Broeg, Glenn Brown, Simon Campbell, John Chilver, Sacha Craddock, Michael Craig-Martin, Hansjoerg Dobliar, Rowena Dring, Marcel van Eeden, Machiko Edmondson, Tim Eitel, Roberto Ekholm, Dee Ferris, Gail Fitzgerald, Saul Fletcher, Ed Fornieles, Torben Giehler, Lothar Goetz, Deme Georghiou, Brian Griffiths, Terry Haggerty, Jane Harris, Matthew Harrison, Karolyn Hatton, Gerard Hemsworth, Gregor Hildebrandt, Stefan Hirsig, Dale Holmes, Paul Housley, Tom Howse, Des Hughes, Richard Jacobs, Ben Judd, Ben Kaufmann, Scott King, Richard Kirwan, Rannva Kunoy, Des Lawrence, Christoph Lohmann, Bob Matthews, Caroline McCarthy, Penny McCarthy, Peter McDonald, Dominic McGill, Robert McNally, Dawn Mellor, Nathaniel Mellors, Jo Melvin, Robert Moon, Ryan Mosley, Jost Münster, Julian Opie, Carl Ostendarp, Helena Petersen, Michael Petry, Daniel Pettitt, Jan van der Ploeg, James Pyman, Ged Quinn, Barry Reigate, Bernd Ribbeck, Darren Richardson, Mark Riddington, David Risley, Ben Rivers, Neil Rumming, Lesley Sanderson & Neil Conroy, Sophie Schmidt, Gary Simmonds, Dillwyn Smith, Maxima Smith, Stephen Snoddy, Michael Stubbs, Daniel Sturgis, Srinivas Surti, Tomoaki Suzuki, Finlay Taylor, David Thorpe, Dimitra Vamiali, Riette Wanders, Mathew Weir, Richard Wentworth, Lucy Williams, Keith Wilson, Martin Wöhrl, Clare Woods, Richard Woods, Will Yackulic and more.
24 March - 5 May 2018

A Place on the Table & Still Life Settings at Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery, Llanbedrog. A Place on the Table includes new work by Andreas Rüthi, while Still Life Settings will include work by invited artists including Sarah Carvell; Lynne Cartlidge; Sacha Craddock; James Guy Eccleston; Lara Davies; Dan Howard-Birt; Des Hughes; Moira Huntly; Lisa Krigel; Kevin Lincoln; Eleri Jones; Jeff McMillan; Wendy Murphy; Claire Langdown; Phil Nicol; Robert Pitwell; Lea Sautin; Helen Sear; Emrys Williams; Clare Woods. The opening is part of a discussion day based on topics linked to the two exhibitions.
Private view March 17 2018 
18 March - 20 May 2018

Strike Site at Backlit in Nottingham curated by Sacha Craddock with works by Ana Čvorović, Anna Fasshauer, Jack Killick, Brian Griffiths, Siobhán Hapaska and Alice Hartley.
3 March - 8 April 2018

Watch a video of the exhibtion led by curator Sacha Craddock.

Sacha Craddock in conversation with Gideon Rubin, Freud Museum, London NW3 5SX
20th February, 7pm - tickets £10/£7 book here

Black Book, gouache on paper, 2017, Gideon Rubin

Sacha Craddock in conversation with Selma Parlour, Pi Artworks London W1W 8EG
Thursday 1st February, 6.30-8.30

Sacha Craddock in conversation with Dale Lewis, Edel Assanti London W1T 3DB
Wednesday 31st January, 7pm

Sacha Craddock in conversation with Andreas Ruethi, Oriel Davies Newtown
Saturday 27th January, 2.30-4pm

Selma Parlour: Upright Animal, Pi Artworks - curated by Sacha Craddock
5th Jan - 10th February 2018

Selma Parlour, detail, Code I, 2017

Sacha Craddock on Turner Prizewinner Lubaina Himid, interviewed by Efnan Han

Sacha Craddock writing in the Guardian on Turner Prizewinner Lubaina Himid

Turner Prize, Ferens Gallery, Hull curated by Sacha Craddock and George Vasey

Rosalind Nashishibi, Lubaina Himid, Hurvin Anderson and Andrea Buttner
(see texts)

Venice Agendas

The Cost of Free Speech, 11th May 2017
Venice Biennale

Drawing Biennial 2017 Top Picks
Talk by Sacha Craddock Drawing Room, 19th April 2017

Strike Site curated by Sacha Craddock



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Executive Member - AICA
Member of Faculty - British School at Rome
Chair - New Contemporaries
Trustee - Shelagh Cluett Trust
Trustee - Braziers
Trustee - Art House Foundation
Arts Advisor - Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea





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