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New Work Network (NWN) and Artquest will release the fourth instalment of Mixing It Up: An Intergenerational Perspective’ on 14th May - a series of 5 short dialogues between artists across different generations and practices. The films, which are being released weekly, consider similarities and differences between the contexts, modes and conditions of respective artistic practices from the late 60's to the present day, while also looking at approaches to sustaining practice over the years both from a practical and critical perspective.


The fourth instalment features a dialogue between Barby Asante and Sonia Boyce. Click here to view the film.


Barby Asante is an Artist, Curator and Educator based in South London. She studied Fine Art at the University of East London, where she began making work in film, photography and installation, placing herself in the frame as a means of confronting the audience with the perceived problem of her image. Asante is interested in creating works that stimulate dialogue around the cross-cultural and multicultural and how we view and frame these questions in contemporary Britain, often using familiar or popular culture triggers as a means to begin the dialogue. Recently Asante has been working on projects exploring music and its cultural and social significance, with particular emphasis on black music and it’s importance in the creation of a post-war British cultural identity.


Sonia Boyce came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning black British art-scene of that time – becoming one of the youngest artists of her generation to have her work purchased by the Tate Gallery, with paintings that spoke about racial identity and gender in Britain. Since the 1990s Boyce’s practice has taken a more multi-media and improvisational approach by bringing people together to speak or sing about the past and the present. Since 1983, Boyce has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and internationally and has completed an AHRC Research Fellowship at Wimbledon College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London with her concluding research project the Future is Social.


Filmed by Fiona Melville. Music by Robbie Lockwood.


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Special thanks to  for hosting Barby Asante with Sonia Boyce Dialogue


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