I am a practising artist (BA Hons, MA) and researcher, with a focus on the role of the imagination in navigating everyday experience. I work across a variety of media, including kinetic sculpture and assemblage, sound, shadow-play, video, drawing, performance and photography. 

Exhibitions and Performances (selected examples)


Hanstholm Fyr, Denmark
August 2013


Visions  - Romney Marsh, in association with Kent Wildlife Trust - May-June 2013



Pause  - University of Brighton, MA Fine Art Graduate Exhibition - June -July 2012

Mull It Over   - Brighton - January 2012


Out Of Water III - at Oh, for the Love of Dada!, Performance event - London, December 2011
The third installment of Out Of Water (see below for details of previous installments).  

Room 313 - Brighton, exhibition with Lorah Pierre - November 2011


In Place and Time  - Brighton, exhibition with Katie Grubb and Claire Hamer - March 2011



Dea Et Luna
- Performance in short film - Summer 2010

A short film directed, edited and filmed by Joanna Austin during her artist's residency at Luton Hoo Walled Garden. Performed by Sonya Chenery, with an original soundtrack by Roberto Filoseta. With research and creative input by Sonya Chenery and Suzanne Page. The film has been screened at a variety of events, including the London Short Film Festival 2010, and  was awarded the Overall Winners Prize at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries Open Exhibition.

Danger - Exhibition at The Rag Factory, London - March 2010

Market Estate Project - Performance event - Islington, London, March 2010
Part of a site-responsive sound installation and performance, in reference to the site's history as a Pleasure Garden during the Georgian period. devised by Joanna Austin for the Market Estate Project, Islington.


Showgirls - at Voyeur, Performance event -Whitechapel Gallery, London, Dec. 2009
A performance piece devised by artist Kate Wiggs for Voyeur  - an event at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. Performed alongside Kate Wiggs.

Out Of Water II - at Hijacked!, Performance event - Brighton, Oct. 2009

In the second installment of Out Of Water (see below for details of first installment), the now disheveled 'mermaid' sits by the bar at the event venue, trying to engage bystanders in conversation. The context of this installment is the subversion of traditional roles of a female archetypal figure.

Out Of Water I - at Watford Live Festival, Performance event -  Watford, June 2009

A durational performance as a mermaid lost in Watford town centre, at the site of a decommissioned fountain. This piece explores notions of place and belonging.