Seila Fernández Arconada is an artist-researcher based in Bristol (UK). Her work focuses in exploring artistic methods, its boundaries and new social approaches. Currently, she is working in the project Adoberies: reactivating and collaborative processes selected by Hablar en Arte for the CAPP residency at ACVic.
She has exhibited internationally, recently at Imagined Landscapes at the Royal West of England Academy (UK) Inbetween Storage (Latvia), the B-SIDE Festival (UK), ENCLAVE Land Art (Spain) and 'Migration, Identity and Belonging' at Institut Français (Mauritius).
She is Honorary Research Staff in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Bristol (UK) and research collaborator at 'Art, Research and Feminism' at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She has co-directed The Land of the Summer People, a multidisciplinary collaborative project with the Water Engineering Department at University of Bristol and the project Some:When, celebrating cohesion through the watery heritage of the Somerset Levels and Moors, a collaborative-socially engaged project co-directed with the artist Sage Brice and locals in Somerset (UK). Her artistic research is also presented in words such as, "Riding the Tide, socially engaged art and resilience in an uncertain future", a collaborative paper recently selected for publication (Netherlands). Seila also co-directs the collective Functional Collaborative Futures.
In addition, she has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions, recent examples include: AGU International Conference (USA), Communities Development in Post-Crisis Regions (Ukraine), Resilience in place?: Just do it?! Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places (Netherlands), Transnational Dialogues (China), On Earth, (UK) and Migration Identity and Belonging (Mauritius, selected by Gasworks London) and soon at Urban Festival Ivano Frankivsk curated by METASITU (Ukraine).
She has been awarded with European Alternatives funding and the Artists’ International Fund of the British Council and Arts Council England for 2014 and Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship 2017 (Ireland) among others. Her academic experience includes BA-MA Fine Art (with distinction, University of the Basque Country, 2009) and MA Fine Art (with distinction, University of the West of England, 2012).
Photo by Антон Куба