Somerset House Studios resident

Sonya Dyer

Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer, creating speculative fictions using text, sound, moving image and sculpture.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Hailing Frequencies Open (HFO), her ongoing body of work, intersects the Greek myth of Andromeda, the dubious genesis and extraordinary legacy of HeLa cells and actor Nichelle Nicols’ pioneering work in diversifying the NASA astronaut pool in the 1970s - combining social justice with speculation, fantasy with the political.


Andromeda Mission: Anarcha II (2019)

Dyer has been selected for the London Open at Whitechapel Gallery in 2022. Recent projects include Art Night (2021), 13 Ways of Looking, Herbert Gallery and Museums (2020), Rewriting The Future, Site Gallery (2019), Another World is Possible, CAMP, Copenhagen (2018), Familiar Strangers, The Luminary, St Louis, (2018), Or, Dark Fecundity, The Centre for Afrofuturist Studies, USA (2018), and The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (2017).


Hailing Frequencies Open: Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (2019), Video still

As a writer and commentator on art and culture, Dyer has contributed to numerous books, journals and publications.

She was a finalist for the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021 and is an alum of Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program.