Sarah Walker is a Melbourne-based artist, writer and photographer. Her work uses comedy and disrupted narrative to create surprising encounters with tensions around anxiety, death and disaster. She works particularly with immersive binaural audio, video and text-based installation.
She has been a winner of the Best Portrait prize at the CCP Salon; a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, the international MTV RE:DEFINE award and the 45downstairs Emerging Artist Award; and a semi-finalist in the Moran Photographic Portrait Prize. Her work and collaborations have been commissioned by the NGV, The Unconformity Festival, Geelong Gallery, CoGG, Platform Arts, Monash University, and councils across Victoria. She is a current PhD candidate at RMIT.
Her first book, The First Time I Thought I Was Dying, a collection of non-fiction essays about the unruly body in late capitalism, won the 2021 Quentin Bryce Award. She was runner-up in the 2019 Calibre Essay Prize and received the 2020 ABR Victorian Rising Star award. Her work has been shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Walkley Awards, the Hammond House International Short Story Prize, the Nillumbik Prize, the Disquiet Literary Contest and the Darebin Mayor’s Writing Award. She has been published in The Monthly, Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, the ABR, the AFR and The Guardian. She is represented by Rach Crawford at Wolf Literary.