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Sophia Phoca

Dean of Fine Art - Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
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Sophia  Phoca


Sophia Phoca is Dean of Art at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges.

In collaboration with Programme Directors and Course Leaders, she leads the academic agenda for Fine Art across the 3 colleges at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. Her focus is on helping our students to explore material and immaterial investigation processes, and to apply these skills as graduates to social, cultural and political fields across the globe.

Phoca’s interest in social justice is informed by her early experience of coming to London as the child of political exiles (during the Greek military junta) and in this capacity, she feels passionately about establishing the art school as a catalyst for social change and creating communities that embrace diversity as well as opportunity.

In her previous role as Head of School of Fine Art and Photography at University of the Creative Arts (2015-2017) she shaped an artistic and research driven learning environment that was inclusive, sustainable and a champion of diversity.

Alongside 20 years of experience in teaching, leadership and management in contemporary art and the moving image, she has also worked as writer and critic, contributing to art journals such as Art Monthly, with a piece on Harun Farocki recently published in: Talking Art, Volume 2, on Harun Farocki (2018). She co-authored Manifesto for the Art School, with Richard Bevan and Tamsin Clark (2016).

She has conducted audience talks at Tate Modern, led conference panel discussions and been interviewed live on the Art Channel for Resonance FM.

Amongst other publications, she has contributed to The Routledge Reader on Feminism and Postfeminism (2007), interviewed Hélène Cixous for contemporary writing journal Wasafiri (2000) and co-authored Introducing Postfeminism, Icon Books (2000).


Fine Art courses at Camberwell and Chelsea.