Art Night 2021

Andromeda, my new moving image work, will be broadcast between Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th July here as part of Art Night 2021.

A portal between worlds opens, creating a conduit between the Andromeda galaxy and Earth, transporting a chorus of drummers into the world of an unsuspecting protagonist.

Andromeda is the latest iteration of Hailing Frequencies Open, which you can find out more about here.

Art Night 2021 will also broadcast all of the films commissioned this year in a marathon via partners Art Review, ATLAS Arts, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library, Grand Union, Near Now, New Hall Art Collection, Peak, The Tetley, Wysing Arts Centre and 180 Studios on Thursday 15th July. 

Andromeda stars Tatianna Young as Andromeda and Julia Guy and Rose Bergonzi as Chorus.

Commissioned and produced by Art Night and Somerset House, supported by Adonyeva Foundation and Simmons and Simmons.

Whitechapel Open 2022

Delighted to be one of the 46 artists selected for The London Open 2022, on display at Whitechapel Gallery in summer 2022.

This triennial exhibition showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the capital’s art scene.

The artists were selected from over 2,600 entries by a panel of experts including collector Maria Bukhtoyarova, artist Shezad Dawood, curator and art historian Christine Eyene, gallerist Stephan Tanbin Sastrawidjaja, with Whitechapel curators Emily ButlerInês Costa and Wells Fray-Smith.

Click here for further information.

Reception, Wysing Arts Centre

Reception logo

Wysing’s 2021 programme will take the theme of reception. This is intended as both a second part to last year’s broadcasting theme and a response to the challenging events of 2020. An understanding of reception as an act of welcoming, hosting and caring will shape our organisational priorities for the next year.

Sonya Dyer will continue to work on her long term project Hailing Frequencies Open, focusing on scripting speculative narratives and collaborating with animator Adam Sinclair on visualising Space travel. 

For more info, visit Wysing Arts Centre


The Arts Foundation Futures Award

Ayo AkingbadeSonya Dyer, Tanoa Sasraku and Rosa-Johan Uddoh have been selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award in Visual Arts 2021, supported by The David Collins Foundation! The award celebrates emerging artists based on both their work to date, and their demonstrated potential.

This recipient of the 2021 Fellowship will be announced at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards on the 27th Jan, 2021 at an online evening of celebration from 7pm. The three runners-up will receive £1,000 awards towards their practice.

The judges for this years award were Editor of Frieze magazine Andrew Durbin, Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, and curator and writer Fatoş Üstek, who said:

“The pool of nominations provided a real insight to the contemporary practices of emerging artists in the UK today. We unanimously agreed on shortlisting four exciting artists for the awards. From documentary film making to installations, their practices span a wide breadth of interest, including voices that are charged by social concerns, personal narratives, historic alliances and humour. We hereby celebrate all of the artists for their ingenuity.”

The four artists selected this year are all women who engage with Black experiences and perspectives. Ayo Akingbade’s video interrogations of life in the shifting landscape of London oscillate between document and performance to enact lived experiences, while Tanoa Sasraku’s highly referential works examine the intersections of her identity as a young, mixed-race, gay woman raised in Plymouth, and the endeavors to draw these senses of self together as one in 21st century England. Rosa-Johan Uddoh uses humor to explore our obsessions with places, objects and celebrities, and their influence on our formations of self, while Sonya Dyer projects Black women of science and legend into a fictitious future in which she questions whose image it will be built in.

We are delighted to be including these four artists in our list of finalists, that include previous winners of our Visual Arts Awards Jamila Johnson-Small, Hannah Starkey, Thompson & Craighead, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Simon Fujiwara.

For more information, visit the Arts Foundation

Art Night London Presents: Trailers


Message to our children in the Northern Hemisphere, on observation of their deleterious conditions and in respect of their fatigue, dated circa June 2020 (Earth Time). Sent with haste. Location: RA 0h 42m 44s | Dec +41° 16′ 9″ (2020)


NOW LIVE: Art Night presents TRAILERS.

To mark Art Night’s original 2020 date and to celebrate the Festival’s fifth anniversary, Art Night presents Trailers — a series of short online works by the 10 artists in the postponed festival programme: Oona Doherty, Sonya Dyer, Adham Faramawy, Guerrilla Girls, Mark Leckey, Isabel Lewis, OOMK, Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas, Philomène Pirecki, and Alberta Whittle.

Art Night’s invitation to artists asked the question What do you feel like showing right nowTrailers offers a glimpse into the works the artists are developing for Art Night 2021, or what they’ve been up to during lockdown — a self-contained release of ideas, thoughts or feelings made for right now. Works include video, sound, text, performance and downloadable materials.

See our suggested schedule for the night below, accompanied by a recipe for dinner and a cocktail specially designed by Spring Restaurant — scroll down to find them. Hope you enjoy the work.

@ARTNIGHTLDN | #ANTrailers | #ArtNightLDN



Art Night London 2021

Curated by Helen Nisbet, Art Night will soon celebrate five editions. Transforming iconic and unexpected public spaces within the city, the festival will return to The Strand.  Titled Nothing Compares 2 U after the song penned by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’Connor, the programme for Art Night 2020 takes inspiration from defiance in small acts and moments of self-determination in everyday life, politics, music and literature.

Visit Art Night for further info on my forthcoming commission.

Rewriting the Future, Site Gallery 2019

In an age where wealth controls our systems of power and the world is ruled by patriarchal societies, feminist speculative perspectives can offer new insights, predictions and even possible alternatives.

Speculative and science fiction have always been spaces where futures are explored, questioned and proposed and, as with many disciplines, is an area where many creative and talented women, trans and queer perspectives have been overlooked. Feminist artists and writers have long been presenting new angles on gender, power, ecology and community and this exhibition explores some of those narratives.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by the Elephant Trust and the Centre for Afrofuturist Studies.


Andromeda Mission: Anarcha Prototype II (2019)

Fibreglass, polyurethane foam, PVC foamboard, MDF, mild steel, aluminium, Black 2.0 acrylic paint

Soundtrack: Andromeda’s Suffering, Alice Coltrane (1972). With kind permission of Universal Music

  • Andromeda Mission: Anarcha II
  • Hailing Frequencies Open - Installation View
  • Hailing Frequencies Open - Installation View
  • HFO: Dr Green