Sonia E. Barrett: Sculpting more community (Open Call)

Sonia E. Barrett


(De) Sonia E. Barrett, Dreading the Map, The Royal Geographical Society London, 2021. Foto: Oliver Barrett

Open Call

Workshop for BIPoC women with Sonia E. Barrett

07.-09.11.2023 // 10:00-16:00

Please send a short motivation letter by 22.10.2023 to:

Open Call for BIPoC women

Sculpting more community [Mehr Gemeinschaft formen]

Workshop with Sonia E. Barrett


Artist Sonia E. Barrett warmly invites you to join a circle of Black and Brown women, making a public sculpture for alpha nova & galerie futura – a non-commercial feminist art space on the border between Kreuzberg and Treptow in Berlin.
The aim is to create an artwork which is made from maps involving a small community of BIPoC women. All of the inaugural makers will be publicly credited as makers of the work.

The participants together with Sonia E. Barrett will meet over three days from November 7 until 9, 2023 from 10:00 to 16:00 and receive an allowance of 450 Euros. (It is also possible to participate in only one or two days and receive a small expense allowance accordingly.)
The sculpture will then be part of an exhibition at alpha nova & galerie futura, which opens on November 11 at 19:00 and runs until January 12, 2024.

You can find the task that suits you best, work on that, and swap around until you find the right thing. Nothing is complicated. It is quite meditative work. There is no wrong way to do it. Conversations will take place primarily in German and English, or a mixture of the two.
On the third day, others not part of the inaugural group will be able to drop in and join the group for a time, and you can invite anyone, too.



Sonia E Barrett:

“We will chat and spend time together and consider this work a political act, but also hopefully a kind of poetry.
I hope it will be a nourishing space to be together.
I would love it if you would join and make this group.
We will (photo-)document some aspects of the day but only in a way you feel comfortable and give permission.
If you want to avoid documenting your participation, that is also ok.
It would be great to interview you afterwards with a view to creating a publication to platform your work (social/political/activist/environmental etc.) and involvement in this project. That is of course, entirely your choice.”


If you would like to participate, please send us an email with a short motivation letter (3-5 sentences) and which days you could be available by 22 October to:
We will then contact the participants by 29 October.



Of German Jamaican Parentage brought up in England, China and Cyprus, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett is a graduate of St Andrews University and the Transart Institute (both UK). Sonia is a MacDowell fellow and recipient of the Boss Harlan Foundation stipend. Her work has been shown at a number of galleries including the OCCCA California, the nGbk Berlin, The Format Contemporary in Milan and the Rosenwald Wolf Gallery Philadelphia the Museum of Derby and the British Library she has been recognised by the Premio Ora prize, NY Art Slant showcase for sculpture and the Neo Art Prize.

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