Sonia Boyce

Born in Islington, London, in 1962.





Boyce attended Eastlea Comprehensive School in Canning Town, East London.



Completed a Foundation Course in Art & Design at East Ham College of Art and Technology.



Completed a BA in Fine Art at Stourbridge College in the West Midlands.


teaching and research positions


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



Professor of Black Art & Design, University of the Arts London, London, UK



Professor of Fine Art, Middlesex University, London, UK


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.


Artist Fellow, NESTA


Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of East London
Co-Director, AAVAA (the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive)


solo exhibitions

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

Sonia Boyce: recent work, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Something Else, Vanessa Devereux Gallery, London

Do You Want To Touch?, 181 Gallery, London

Sonia Boyce: PEEP, Royal Pavilion Art Gallery, Brighton

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

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

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

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

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

Sonia Boyce, retrospective, Manchester Art Gallery



In the Castle of My Skin, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK



Trackside Wall – Crossrail/UP Projects public art commission, Royal Docks, London, UK

In the Castle of My Skin, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, UK



group exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharjah International Biennial: 7, Sharjah

Menschen und Orte, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking in Tongues, CCA, Glasgow

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


Artist and EmpireTate Britain, London, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK



The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect 4, New Orleans, US



Á Cris OuvertsRennes Biennale of Contemporary Art, Rennes, France

Social Work (with A Palazzo Gallery), Frieze Special Projects, London, UK

Talisman in the Age of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK



60 Years – A Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers, Somerset House, London, UK
Fully Awake 4.6, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Rock My Soul, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Sounds Like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK. (This exhibition travelled through the UK to York Art Gallery, York, and Gallery Oldham, Oldham.)



Of Bread, Wine, Cars, Security and Peace, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria What Carries Us, The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK 

Diversity United, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia



Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s - Now, Tate Britain, London, UK 

Threshold, National Art Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

Diversity United, Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany. This exhibition will travel to Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France




Tate, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Government Art Collection, London
British Council Collection, London
Arts Council Collection, London
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough Royal Academy, London

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT