Sonia Boyce

Born in Islington, London, in 1962, Boyce attended Eastlea Comprehensive School in Canning Town, East London, from 1973 to 1979. From 1979 to 1980 she completed a Foundation Course in Art & Design at East Ham College of Art and Technology and she completed a BA in Fine Art at Stourbridge College from 1980 to 1983 in the West Midland.Solo Exhibitions

1986
Conversations, The Black-Art Gallery, London
Sonia Boyce, Air Gallery, London

1988
Sonia Boyce: recent work, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1991
Something Else, Vanessa Devereux Gallery, London

1993
Do You Want To Touch?, 181 Gallery, London

1995
Sonia Boyce: PEEP, Royal Pavilion Art Gallery, Brighton

2001
Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

2007
Devotional, National Portrait Gallery, London
For you, only you (ed. Paul Bonaventura, Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University, and tour, 2007-08
Crop Over, Harewood House, Leeds, and Barbados Museum & Historical Society

2009-10
Like Love - Part One, Spike Island, Bristol, and tour (2009-2010); Part 2 and Part 3 2009-10

2013
Scat - Sound and Collaboration, Iniva, Rivington Place, London

2016
Paper Tiger Whisky Soap Theatre (Dada Nice), Villa Arson, Nice

2018
Manchester Art Gallery


Group Exhibitions

1983
Five Black Women, Africa Centre, London
Black Woman Time Now, Battersea Arts Centre, London

1984
Strip Language, Gimpel Fils, London
Into The Open, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
Heroes And Heroines, The Black-Art Gallery, London

1985
Room At The Top, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
Blackskins/Bluecoat, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Celebrations/Demonstrations, St Matthews Meeting Place, London
No More Little White Lies, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Reflections, Riverside Studios, London
The Thin Black Line, ICA, London
From Generation To Generation, Black Art Gallery, London

1986
Some Of Us Are Brave - All Of Us Are Strong, Black Art Gallery London
Unrecorded Truths, Elbow Room, London
From Two Worlds, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Caribbean Expressions In Britain, Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery
Basel Art Fair, Switzerland
State Of The Art, ICA, London
A Cabinet of Drawings, Gimpel Fils, London

1987
The Image Employed - The Use Of Narrative In Black Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Critical Realism, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Basel Art Fair, Switzerland
Royal Overseas League, London

1988
The Essential Black Art, Chisenhale Gallery, London
The Impossible Self, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
The Thatcher Years, Angela Flowers Gallery, London
Fashioning Feminine Identities, University of Essex, Colchester
Along The Lines of Resistance, Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley

1989
The Wedding, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
The Other Story, Hayward Gallery, London
The Cuban Biennale, Wifredo Lam Cultural Centre, Havana

1990
The British Art Show, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
Distinguishing Marks, University of London
The Invisible City, Photographers Gallery, London
Black Markets, Cornerhouse, Manchester

1991
Delfina Open Studios, London
Shocks To The System, South Bank Centre, London
Delfina Annual Summer Show, London
An English Summer, Palazzo della Crepadona, Belluna, Italy
Photo Video, Photographers Gallery, London

1992
Delfina Annual Summer Show, London
White Noise, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Northern Adventures, Camden Arts Centre and St Pancras Station, London
Nosepaint Artist Club, London
Innocence And Experience, Manchester City Art Galleries

1993
New England Purpose Built: Long Distance Information, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA

1994
Thinking Aloud, Small Mansions Art Centre, London
Wish You Were Here, BANK, London
Glass Vitrine, INIVA Launch, London

1995
Free Stories, LA Galerie, Frankfurt
Portable Fabric Shelters, London Printworks Trust, London
Fetishism, Brighton Museum, Brighton
Mirage, ICA, London
Photogenetic, Street Level, Glasgow
Cottage Industry, Beaconsfield, London

1996
Picturing Blackness in British Art, Tate, London
Kiss This, Focalpoint Gallery, Southend

2000
Video Positive: the Other Side of Zero, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
New Woman Narratives, World-Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam

2001
Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London

2005
Sharjah International Biennial: 7, Sharjah

2008
Menschen und Orte, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz

2009
Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennal 2, Greece

2010
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool and tour
Walls Are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Griot Girlz: Feminist Art and the Black Atlantic, Kunstlerhaus Büchenhausen, Innsbruck
Afuera! Art in Public Spaces, Centro Cultural España/Cordoba, Argentina

2011
8+8 Contemporary International Video Art, 53 Museum, Guangzhou
The Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Coming Ashore, Berardo Collection Museum/P-28 Container Project, Lisbon
Black Sound White Cube, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin

2012
Migrations: Journeys into British Art, Tate Britain
There is no archive in which nothing gets lost, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2013
Play! Re-capturing the Radical Imagination, GInternational Biennial of Contemporary Art 7
Keywords, Rivington Place, London

2014
Speaking in Tongues, CCA, Glasgow

2015
All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Venice
No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990, Guildhall Art Gallery, London


Research positions

1996-2002
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of East London

1996-2002
Co-Director, AAVAA (the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive)

2004-2005
Artist Fellow, NESTA

2008-2011
Research Fellow, Wimbledon College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. AHRC funded research project on the ephemeral nature of collaborative practice in art, concluding in the project The Future is Social.

2015-2018
Principal Investigator, Black Artists and Modernism (BAM) a research project on work by Black British artists and modernism


Selected publications

Gilane Tawadros, Sonia Boyce: Speaking in Tongues, London: Kala Press, 1997.
Annotations 2/Sonia Boyce: Performance (ed. Mark Crinson, Iniva - the Institute of International Visual Arts, 1998)
In 2007, Boyce, David A. Bailey and Ian Baucom jointly received the History of British Art Book Prize (USA) for the edited volume Shades of Black: Assembling Black Art in 1980s Britain, published by Duke University Press in collaboration with Iniva and AAVAA.
Allison Thompson, "Sonia Boyce and Crop Over", Small Axe, Volume 13, Number 2, 2009.
Like Love, Spike Island, Bristol, and tour (ed. Axel Lapp; Berlin: Green Box Press, 2010)

Sonia Boyce

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