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Inaugural lecture: Professor Sonia Boyce

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START DATE 27 June 2013
START TIME 12:00am

Room CG77, Hendon campus

END DATE 27 June 2013
END TIME 12:00am

Sonia Boyce of the School of Art & Design delivers her inaugural lecture, 'Between you and me: collapsing the boundaries between art, sound and collaboration

Between you and me: collapsing the boundaries between art, sound and collaboration

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Boyce will discuss her interest in collapsing the boundaries between art, sound and collaboration, as it has unfolded in her art practice over the past few decades.

As a British-born Afro-Caribbean artist, Boyce’s early works addressed issues of race, gender and contemporary urban experience through large pastel drawings and photographic collages. As a consequence of these works, she became known as one of the leading figures in the burgeoning British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s. Since the 1990s her practice has incorporated a wider variety of media, and has stretched in more recent years to include the participation of other people in improvised collaborations between artists, vocalists and audiences.

The lecture will reflect on the discursive and conceptual practices of the 1960s and 1970s that have influenced her approach - practices which she finds herself both admiring and resisting.

Sonia Boyce: Biography

Sonia Boyce’s research interests lie in art as a social practice, and in the critical and contextual debates on collaborative, participatory and socially-engaged art.

Professor Boyce has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally, and her works are held in many public collections.

Over the past 30 years she has taught fine art in many art colleges across the UK. Between 1996-2002 she was a Director of AAVAA (the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive), managing a Research Centre at the University of East London. In 2007, along with David A Bailey and Ian Baucom, Boyce received the History of British Art Book Prize (USA) for the edited volume Shades of Black: Assembling Black Art in 1980s Britain (2005) published by Duke University Press.

Between 2004-2005 she was a NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Artist Fellow, researching the social dynamics of collaboration in art, which was followed up with an AHRC Research Fellowship (2008-2011), on the ephemeral nature of collaborative practice in art at the Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, with a concluding research project The Future is Social. Between 5 June-27 July 2013, there will be a solo exhibition at Rivington Place, London, curated by Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts), titled Scat - Sonia Boyce: Sound and Collaboration.

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