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Artists join CVAN South East Steering Group

28th Feb 2020

We are excited to welcome Sonia Boué and Lindsay Seers to our Steering Group, following an open call earlier in the year. Oxford-based Sonia Boué and Lindsay Seers, who is based in Kent, will be the artist members of our network’s principal decision-making group for a two-year term, helping to shape our programme for the visual arts in the region. The two artists succeed Brighton-based artist Joseph Young, who will be stepping down from the group.

Sonia Boué
In addition to an active studio practice, Sonia Boué devotes much of her time to supporting and collaborating with other artists, including as a board member of a-n and as a support artist with the Shadowlight Artists group in Oxford.

About joining the CVAN SE Steering Group, Sonia states:

“I’m delighted to be joining the CVAN SE Steering Group as a neurodivergent artist member, and I look forward to representing the needs of artists in the region. I bring an authentic divergent voice to the table, and a strong desire to uphold the value of artists at a time of rapid change and uncertainty. 
In my own practice I specialise in research-based multiform work with an emphasis on exile, trauma and conflict. I also create projects and manage them, I consult for arts organisations and research groups, and run a supportive network and mentoring group for neurodivergent (ND) artists. I’m currently developing a new project to incorporate my neurological status into my practice.
My vision for the two year tenure as artist member is to inform on the genuine progress we need to make on diversity as a sector”

©Joel Chester Fildes

Lindsay Seers

Winner of the Film London Jarman Award 2009 and a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artist Award in 2010, Lindsay Seers’ work is included in both the Tate and Arts Council collections. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, including with a number of venues in the CVAN South East network. She is a lecturer on the postgraduate Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths.

Regarding joining the Steering Group, Lindsay states:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the CVAN Steering Group as an artist. I have felt across the years how the roles of institutions on the one hand and expectations (from others and from themselves) of artists on the other, have extended and shifted into new territories. I am interested in looking at the positives of these changes but also looking for fixes for emergent situations that are challenging, I have also wanted to contribute to the arts community on ideas about the current infrastructures we now operate within. I have to wear my political colours on my sleeve when I say that in my opinion neoliberalism is a death knell to the arts and the data crunching box ticking that is part of this ideology often bares little resemblance to the lived experience of individuals.
I would say that art is about introducing complexity to thought – for thinking deeply about things through original minds…swing the world through the minds of others. But finding situations for those extraordinary minds to realise their creative contribution  becomes increasingly challenging” 

©Lindsay Seers

The rest of the ten-strong Steering Group is made up of a combination of galleries, non-venue organisations and artist-organisations from our network. In other changes to the Group, Jo Bushnell, Director of Aspex in Portsmouth takes over as Chair from Modern Art Oxford Director Paul Hobson. She is joined by Kate Adams MBE, artist, co-founder and CEO of Project Art Works, as our Deputy Chair. The other organisations represented on the Group are Lighthouse, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, Photoworks, Towner Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary.

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