Sheyda Porter (1986, Istanbul) is a sculptor and curator based in Newcastle upon Tyne and Istanbul. They gained a BA in Fine Art from Northumbria University, Newcastle and graduated with a Master's in Curating from the University of Sunderland. They are currently co-director and editor of Lungs; an artist-led curatorial project with an annual contemporary art & literature print publication with a focus on emerging artists and writers of colour. Porter's artistic and curatorial practices are primarily concerned with the production of knowledge in the everyday, and examining existing power structures within the culture through epistemology. Their current research interests include postcolonial theory, politics of representation, social justice, and ethics of curating. In 2016, they were awarded the Lim Ai Fang Art Prize in the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, with an accompanying exhibition of shortlisted artists at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. They exhibited in Venice in April 2017 as one of the finalists in the sculpture and installation category of 11th Arte Laguna Prize. They were recently awarded an artist's residency in Tasarim Bakkali in Istanbul, Turkey between November 2017 and January 2018.
October 2017, MA Curating (Distinction), University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
June 2016, First Class BA (Hons), Fine Art, Northumbria University, Faculty of Arts, Design, and Social Sciences, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
June 2015, FdA (Distinction), Fine Art Practice, School of Creative Industries, Newcastle College, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
October - November 2018, Curator, Poly Voices, exhibition and film screenings, Mackie's Corner, Sunderland, UK
April - June 2018, Curator, A Study of Imaginary Chasms, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
January-October 2018, Editor of LUNGS, Issue No.3
October 2017, Curator, Dialogus,Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
March-October 2017, Editor of LUNGS, Issue No.2
June 2015, Ultimacy, Co-Curator, Newcastle College Rye Hill Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
May 2014, Twenty Two Stitches, Co-Curator, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
June - September 2018, Curatorial Trainee, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
January 2016-present, Curator & Co-Director of LUNGS, non-profit organisation with an annual contemporary arts & literature publication, North East England, UK
June 2016, Degree Shows Instagram Takeover for A-N The Artists Information Company, North East England, UK
September 2015-October 2017, Vane, Gallery Assistant, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
April-July 2015, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Learning Support Volunteer, Gateshead, UK
8-11 April 2015, MW2015: Museums and The Web 2015, Conference Volunteer, Chicago, IL, USA
29 December 2017-28 January 2018, Anthropological Conjectures: The Tale of Sitare, TAB Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
12 January-11 March 2017, Idea Generating Machines, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
15-30 March, Something or Nothing, Abington Studios, Blackpool, UK
5-14 August, Bish Bash Bosh, We The North, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK
12-16 July, FLUX, The Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
9 May, 100 years of OUI, Kimberly Clark: a towel dispenser gallery, UK
27 April-13 May, "Fresh", Rural Arts, The Courthouse Gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK
27-30 April, "Where's Your Coat, You're Going To Be Cold", Caustic Coastal, Salford, UK
24 April, Cultivate Presents Something Black: An Art Exhibition Online
14-21 April, "Where Is Your Coat", curated by Shy Bairns @ isthisit?
25 March-9 April, 11th International Arte Laguna Prize Exhibition, Venetian Arsenale, Venice, Italy
24-26 March, Part 1:Hand In, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
15-22 February, "Connections", B&D Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
5 December, Fine Art Auction, The Great Hall, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
November-December, 9. Artward International, Munich, Germany
15 September, Emerging!, The Independent, Sunderland, UK
1-31 July, Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize 2016, BALTIC 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
14-24 June, REVEAL: Arts, Northumbria University Graduate Show, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
1 December, Fine Art Auction, Tyneside Cinema Pop Up Film School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
8-22 June, Ultimacy, Newcastle College Rye Hill Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
June 2015-March 2016, The Staircase, Alnwick Gardens, Woodland Walk Public Art Commission, Northumberland, UK
March, Open Studios 6, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
December, Open Studios 5, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
May, Twenty Two Stitches, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
14-29 March, 16 Reasons, Newcastle Art Centre Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
December, Open Studios 3, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
NOA, National Open Art Competition Shortlisted Works
December 2017, The Tale of Sitare, self-published book
April 2017, The Matador Review, Spring 2017 Publication, "Two Installations"
April 2017, SHY BAIRNS, a risograph arts periodical, Issue No.2: "Where's Your Coat You're Going To Be Cold"
March 2017, 11th Edition of Arte Laguna Prize Publication
December 2016, Northumbria University Fine Art Auction Catalogue
September 2016, LUNGS, contemporary arts publication, Issue No.1
July 2016, Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize 2016 Exhibition Catalogue
June 2016, Northumbria University Fine Art Degree Show Catalogue
December 2015, Fine Art Auction Catalogue
June 2015, 'Ultimacy' Exhibition Catalogue
June - August 2018, Contemporary Art and Politics: distance learning course, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
June 2018, A-N Biennial Bursary for The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art awarded by A-N The Artists Information Company.
November 2017-January 2018, TAB Residencies, Artist in residence at Tasarim Bakkali, Istanbul, Turkey
March 2017, 11th Arte Laguna Prize, Sculpture Finalist, selected by Igor Zanti, Flavio Arensi, Tamara Chalabi, Paolo Colombo, Suad Garayeva, Ilaria Gianni, Emanuele Montibeller, Salvador Nadales, Fatos Ustek, and Alma Zevi.
July 2016, Lim Ai Fang Art Prize, second place in the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, selected by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist; Karen MacKinnon, Curator and Director, Artes Mundi; and Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator.
October 2015, Curating on the Web: Exhibiting Internet-based Art, The Node Centre for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, Germany
7 April 2018, New Art Social, Panel Discussion on Engagement Through Creativity, Quilliam Brothers, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
5 February 2018, Artist talk with Christine Borland: Women Working in Sculpture - Towards a New Lexicon, The Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
14 December 2017, Aktüel Arkeoloji, "Anadolu'nun Tarihine Yolculuk Yaptıran Sergi: Antropolojik Konjonktürler: Sitare'nin Öyküsü"
12 December 2017, ZeroIstanbul, Tasarım Bakkalı’nda yeni sergi
14 October 2017, Chronicle Live, What's On, Arts & Culture, "An art magazine created by Sunderland graduates has been launched in Newcastle"
October 2017, The Crack Magazine, Issue No.342, Art Editorial; "Are You Talking To Me?", p.15
May 2017, A-N Degree Shows Guide 2017, Q&A3: One Year On, pp. 60-61
12 April 2017, Spark Sunderland on 107FM, Arty Parti guest with Lungs Project, Sunderland, UK
February 2017, "Idea Generating Machines" An essay by Rosie Minney
January 2017, The Journal, Culture, Events, Idea Generating Machines
January 2017, The Crack Magazine, Issue No.342, Art Editorial; "Vane is in the Pink", p.38
14 September 2016, Spark Sunderland on 107FM, Arty Parti, Sunderland, UK
Summer 2016, Northumbria University Newspaper, p.32
12 July 2016, Chronicle Live, What's On, Arts & Culture, Northumbria University
2 July 2016, neconnected.co.uk, "Two Northumbria University Newcastle students among winners of prestigious £40,000 art prize"
10 June 2016, Newsroom Northumbria: "Two Northumbria Fine Art students amongst 10 shortlisted for the Woon Foundation Prize 2016"