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Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday Talk: Sonia Boyce


The Wednesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester School of Art.


Sonia Boyce is an artist and educator whose practice relies on an open process of collaboration and participation. Since the 1990s, her work has developed from drawing and collage as the means with which she explored her position as a British-born Afro-Caribbean artist to a form of art as a social practice that originates in the spontaneity of live collective improvisation. The resulting works in photography, installation, video and sound often reflect her deep interest in music, its history and its relation to memory and the sense of cultural identity.  In 2007 Boyce was awarded an MBE for services to the arts and is Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London. She had a solo exhibition at Cornerhouse in 1998 as the culmination of a year as artist-in-residence at the University of Manchester and is currently preparing for her first retrospective to open at Manchester Art Gallery on 27 March.

Image: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester (Alan Williams)