Professor Sonia Boyce

Sonia Boyce

Professor Sonia Boyce OBE, RA is Professor of Black Art & Design at the University of the Arts London and led a 3-year research project ‘Black Artists & Modernism’ (2015-2018).

From 2012 to 2017, she was Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University.

Professor Boyce will be the first Black woman selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, in 2021.

She first came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning Black-British art scene of that time – becoming one of the youngest artists of her generation to have her work purchased by Tate, with paintings that spoke about race and gender in Britain.

Since the 1990s her practice has taken a more multi-media and improvisational turn by bringing people together to speak, sing or move in relation to the past and the present.

At the heart of her work are questions about the production and reception of unexpected gestures, with an underlying interest in the intersection of personal and political subjectivities.

In 2016 she was elected as a member of the Royal Academy and also received a Paul Hamlyn Artist Award. In 2019, she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, for her services to art.