Claudia Sarnthein is a German/Austrian artist, living in London and Berlin. She studied Art History at the Universität Wien in Vienna and Design at the Hochschule HAW/College of Art & Design in Hamburg. After working as a costume/textile designer in Hamburg and Paris for several years, she graduated in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London. She teaches at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Solo shows

The Side Chapel (II + III)
Private Studio Viewings, Matchmakers Wharf/Acme Studios, London

Von Alters her / From the Old
International Studio Programme, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
In conversation with writer/editor Federica Bueti
With publication launch of Von Alters Her at Whitechapel Gallery Bookshop/First Thursday Events, London, 2018

, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
In conversation with writer/director Andra Simons
With publication launch of White Pages, 2015

Mother Tongue
, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

Sunday Best, Past Vyner Street, London
Curated by Lara Garcia and Sandra Sykorova
In conversation with curator/writer Gareth Evans

Schafskopf, Box, Produzentengalerie, Berlin

An Jacob, Box, Produzentengalerie, Berlin
With publication launch of Lache Nicht/Weine Nicht/Zeige Deine Zähne Nicht, 2007

Group shows

Pale Shelter
(touring exhibition), incl. Niina Lehtonen Braun, Katrin Hoffert, Kaisu Koivisto, Manfred Michl, Oliver Möst, Orlando, Siliva von Pock, Sarah Thibault
Curated by Susanne Ring, Frappant e.V. Galerie, Hamburg

Pale Shelter, incl. Katrin Hoffert, Manfred Michl, Oliver Möst, Orlando, Silvia von Pock, Sarah Thibault
Curated by Susanne Ring, Galerie Axel Obiger, Berlin
Solo Award 2018, shortlisted, London
Judges -
Sarah Martin (Head of Exhibitions, Turner Contemporary)
Alistair Hicks (Writer/Curator, former Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank)
Sarah Monk (Director, London Art Fair)
Chiara Williams (Director, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art)

The Horizontal Within, the Horizontal Without

incl. Ian Bourn, Louise Bristow, Maria Chevska, Richard Grayson, Derek Hampson, Liane Lang, Stephen Lee, Peter Suchin
Curated by Stephen Lee and Peter Suchin, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery, London

Open Studios, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, International Studio Programme, Berlin
incl. Jesse Amado (USA), Stijn Ank (Belgium), Orawan Arunrak (Thailand), Céline Burnand (Switzerland), Åsa Cederqvist (Sweden), Elizabeth Hoak-Doering (Cyprus), Carl Johan Högberg (Netherlands), Han Seok Hyun (Korea), Song Sung Jin (Korea), Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson (Norway), Tatiana Macedo (Portugal), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), Anahita Razmi (Iran), Kama Sokolnicka (Poland), Akiko Utsumi (Japan), Lyndal Walker (Australia), Chih-Chien Wang (Canada-Québec), Yang Che-Yi (Taiwan)

Missing Narrative, incl. Rose Bell, Mel Cole, Gin Dunscombe, Cadi Froehlich, Clare Harford, Alice Kelway-Bamber, Monika Kita, Sasha Morris, Sue Stephens, Kim Thornton, Billy Ward, Edgar Walker – Guest Artists/Symposium Speakers: Ann Course, Karl England, Rebecca Fortnum, Claudia Sarnthein, Gregory Williams
Brixton East/Vacuous Gallery, London

Heather/Busy Sleep
, incl. Nicky Carvell, James Clarkson, Noz Crou, Donna Huanca, Jack Lavender, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Marianne Spurr
Online project until 2/2013,, Welcome Screen, London
Curated by Michael Pybus and Hannah Lees

Salon Art Prize 2011, shortlisted, London
Selected by Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly), Pippa Hale (Director, Project Space Leeds), Robert Leckie (Curator, Gasworks)
The London Group Open 2011, shortlisted
Selected by Jenni Lomax (Director, Camden Art Centre), William Feaver (Painter, critic, writer)

The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery/Domobaal, London
with/drawn:contemporary international drawing exhibition

The Drawing Room HU/Raday Kepeshaz Galeria, Budapest
Das vertraute Unvertraute/The Familiar Unfamiliar,
Über die inherente Poesie des Materials, Aktuelle Positionen Bildender Kunst

Curated by Ulrike Buck and Serge de Waha
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Paper Jam #1, incl. Luke Dowd, Joseph Fuller, Andrew Gillespie, Oona Grimes, Helen Marten, Emile Ouroumov, Elisabeth Porter, Joby Williamson
Curated by Andrew Gillespie and Collectif A3, Paris

Time is a Sausage,
incl. Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, Phyllida Barlow, Gordon Cheung, Prunella Clough, Haris Epaminonda, Eric Gill, Christopher Hanlon, Ron Haseldon, Sharon Kivland, Ansel Krut, Jeffrey T Y Lee, Kim Noble, Lucy Pawlak, Felicity Powell, Sian Pile, Miho Sato, Walter Swennen, Charlie Tweed, Mhairi Vari
Curated by Domobaal, London
Artist’s Book Vitrine
, solo display, Tate Modern Bookshop, London

1 Jahr Box, with Ivo Bakschis, Harriet Gross, Gabriele Worgitzki
Curated by Dr. Silke Feldhoff, Box, Berlin
Artist’s Book Vitrine, solo display, Tate Modern Bookshop, London

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005 (touring exhibition) Rennie Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
3. Berliner Kunstsalon
Curated by Jana Hyner, Box, Berlin
Saudade, incl. Amanda Couch, Doug Fishbone, Aisling Hedgecock, Graham Hudson, Thomas Hylander, Ryan Mosley, Clare Parry, Clara S. Rueprich, David Spero, Raymond Taudin Chabot, Sally Underwood
Curated by Sarah Dwyer/Laura Green, HighburyStudios, London

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005, shortlisted, Jerwood Space, London
40 Artists–40 Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London
Slow Forming, incl. Yukako Shibata, Amy Woolley
Curated by Mindy Lee, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
Preview Berlin, represented by Domobaal, London
13+, incl. Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, Daniel G. Cramer, Tom Dale, Marcel Dinahet, Chris Gibson, Harris Epaminonda, Ron Haseldon, Giles Perry, Felicity Powell, Jeffrey TY Lee
Curated by Domobaal, London

The Show 2004, Royal College of Art, London


Victoria & Albert Museum Collection, London
Royal College of Art Collection, London
Private collections in the UK and Europe


Von Alters her,
with texts by Christoph Tannert, Federica Bueti and Claudia Sarnthein, published by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2018 (cat.)
Von Alters her, exhibition text by Dr. Mark Gisbourne, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2017
Flechtwerk/Connective Tissue, text by Alexandra Landré, BE23 Magazine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2016
Geometry of Grief, On Claudia Sarnthein's Episode,

text by Dr. Birgit Griesecke, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, 2015
Missing Narrative, This is Art/Into-the Fold
, London, 2014 (cat)
ARM – A Ruskin Magazine, issue 5
The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 2014
Jour Mal Jour Nal, Fans of Fans (of Fans),
issue 2, curated by Susan Finlay, London, 2013
Elena Michael,
online magazine,, issue 1
incl. David Armstrong-Six, David Horvitz, Andrew Norman Wilson
Edited by Adriana Blidaru and James Michael Shaeffer JR, Berlin, 2013
Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures and Systems
Nathaniel Dafydd Beard, Research-PhD, Royal College of Art, London, 2012
ARM – A Ruskin Magazine, issue 2
The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 2012
In Quest of the Devil, text by Dr. Wiebke Leister, PastVynerStreet, London, 2011
On Schafskopf, text by Radhika Khimji, Box Berlin, 2008
Zu Claudia Sarnthein's An Jacob, text by Dr. Birgit Griesecke, Box Berlin, 2007
Slow Forming, text by Dr. Kamini Vellodi, Blyth Gallery, London, 2005
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005, Wimbledon School of Art, London, 2005 (cat.)
On Fragments, review by Gareth Evans, Time Out, London, 2005
The Show 2004, Royal College of Art, London, 2004 (cat.)


since 2005
Associate Lecturer at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

since 2000
Visiting Lecturer/Talks

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery,
Tate Modern
/Tate Crit Club, London
, London
Royal College of Art
, London
London College of Communication
, London
Kingston Univ./Faculty of Art, Design + Music
, Kingston
Bristol School of Art, Media and Design
, Bristol
The Ruskin School of Art
, University of Oxford
Blyth Gallery
, Imperial College, London
The Slade School of Fine Art
, London
Whitechapel Gallery/Space Studios, London
AMD, Academy of Fashion and Design
, Hamburg

Design Work

Costume/textile designer for international clients incl
Robert Wilson/Frida Parmeggiani, Opera Bastille, Paris
Frida Parmeggiani, Theater am Turm, Frankfurt
Robert Wilson/Frida Parmeggiani, Thalia Theater, Hamburg
Daniel Karasek/Claudia Spielmann, Thalia Theater, Hamburg
Haute-Couture, Cacharel, Paris
Haute-Couture, Lanvin, Paris


MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
BA/MA Design, Hochschule HAW/Design, College of Art & Design, Hamburg
Art History, Institut für Kunstgeschichte/Universität Wien, Vienna