Professor of Fine Arts and Artist Sonia Boyce has been awarded an OBE for services to art.
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.
In 2007, Professor Boyce was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the arts. As well as her role as Professor of Fine Arts at Middlesex University she is also Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London (UAL) and is one of the founders of the Black Artists and Modernism Project (BAM).