Seila Fernández Arconada is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher. Her process-based practice focuses on exploring artistic methods, its boundaries and new social approaches.
She has exhibited internationally, recently at Imagined Landscapes (Royal West of England Academy, UK) Inbetween Storage (SERDE, Latvia), B-SIDE Festival (UK), 'Migration, Identity and Belonging' (Institut Français, Mauritius) and Afluents (CAPP ACVic, Spain). 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).
In addition, she has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions, recent examples include: AGU (USA), Communities Development in Post-Crisis Regions (Ukraine), Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places (Netherlands), Transnational Dialogues (China), On Earth, (UK), Role Models (Ukraine) and Wonder, Wander (Spring Sessions, Jordan). 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.
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 Cláudia Costa