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Seila Fernández Arconada
1986, Santander (Spain)
Seila Fernández Arconada is a multidisciplinary artist-researcher based in Bristol (UK). She has an BA-MA Fine Art, distinction 2009) from the University of the Basque Country and an MA Fine Art from UWE, Bristol (distinction, 2012).
She has co-directed The Land of the Summer People, a multidisciplinary collaborative project with the Water Engineering Department, Bristol University, funded by EPSRC. She has been working on Some:When, celebrating cohesion through the watery heritage of the Somerset Levels and Moors, a collaborative-socially engaged project with the artist Jethro Brice. Both projects focus on climate change looking at flooding in Somerset and receive funding from the Somerset Community Foundation. Her artistic research is also written in academic papers, "Riding the Tide, socially engaged art and resilience in an uncertain future", a collaborative paper written with Jethro Brice has been recently selected for publication by the University of Groningen (Netherlands).
In addition, she has been invited to work in the field of art and post-conflict communities, a socially engaged art research project in the Donetsk Oblast (Ukraine). She has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions, recent examples include: AGU International Conference (USA), Resilience in place?: Just do it?! Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places (Netherlands) and On Earth, (UK).
Seila also co-directs the collective Functional Collaborative Futures and Mixing Fields, an interdisciplinary collaborative platform with art and non-art specialists and has been an artist selected at Transnational Dialogues, an International cross-media platform. She has received grants from European Alternatives and the Artists’ International Fund of the British Council and Arts Council England for 2014.
She has exhibited internationally, recently exhibiting at Imagined Landscapes at the Royal West of England Academy (Bristol, UK) and currently at the B-SIDE Festival (Dorset, UK). She is currently working in the project "Mūsu? Pasaules koks" a socially engaged art project in Aizpute (Latvia).