Sonia Boyce

2024 Exhibition Artist

Sonia Boyce OBE RA (she/her) was born in London, UK in 1962, where she continues to live and work. In 2022, Boyce represented the UK at the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia with FEELING HER WAY, a new commission for the British Pavilion, for which she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2019, the artist received an OBE for services to art in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. In 2016, Boyce was elected a Royal Academician, and received a Paul Hamlyn Artist Award. Between 2012 – 2017, Boyce was Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University and since 2014 she has been Professor at the University of the Arts London. As the inaugural Chair of Black Art & Design she led on a 3 year research project into Black Artists & Modernism, which led to a BBC documentary Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain’s Hidden Art History (2018). Recent solo exhibitions include FEELING HER WAY, The British Pavilion, Venice, Italy (2022), touring to Turner Contemporary, Margate (2023) and Leeds Art Gallery (2023); The Disorderly, Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy (2022); Just for the Record, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2022); In the Castle of My Skin, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2020), touring to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, UK (2021); Sonia Boyce, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2018); We move in her way, ICA, London, UK (2017) and Paper Tiger Whisky Soap Theatre (Dada Nice), Villa Arson, Nice, France (2016). In 2015 she was included in All the World’s Futures, the International Exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Her work is held in the collections of Tate, London, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Arts Council Collection, London, UK; The Government Art Collection, London, UK; British Council Collection, London, UK and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK. Boyce holds honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Birmingham City University (2023) and an honorary fellowship from Norwich University of Arts (2022).