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Mahenderpal Sorya 




2016 - 2018      MA Fine Art (Distinction) Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

2013 - 2014      PGCE, City Lit Institute/ University of Westminster, London 

2005 - 2009      BA Fine Art (First Class Honours) Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

2003 - 2004      City and Guilds 7407 Cert. in Further Education Teaching, City and Islington College, London

1997 - 2001      LLB Law (2:1 Honours) University of Westminster, London and The University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Selected Exhibitions:


2023   The Krueger Institute (part of group exhibition ‘Vestibule’), Lethaby Gallery, London 

2022   B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2022, Frankfurt, Germany

2022   Swedenborg Film Festival, London

2022   Deptford X 2022 Mobile Cinema, London 

2022   Satyajit Ray Festival, UK Asian Film Festival, BFI, London

2022   Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image/ Make Film History, London

2021   Mosaic International Film Festival, Ontario, Canada

2021   Tagore International Film Festival, West Bengal, India

2021   UK Asian Film Festival, Phoenix Cinema + Arts Centre, Leicester

2021   UK Asian Film Festival, Soho Screening Rooms, London

2021   Fringe of Colour Film Festival 2021, Fringe of Colour, Edinburgh (online)

2021   One Year On, Morley Gallery, London (online) 

2020   Fringe of Colour Film Festival 2020, Fringe of Colour, Edinburgh (online)

2019   Experimental Film Festival 2019, UK, (online)

2018   MA Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art, London

2018   Where It Is (group show) Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art

2017   Thingification, MAFA Gallery, London

2017   Contemporary Collage (Group Show) Morley, London 

2016   Myths (group show) MAFA Gallery

2013   Tradition, Pumphouse Gallery Battersea, London

2012   Open 2012, CGP London, Southwark Park, London

2010   Group Show, Duke of Clarence Building, London

2009   Degree Show 2009, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2009   Brenda Langdon Pye Portrait Award, (group show), Triangle Gallery: Chelsea College of Art

2007   Paperworks (group show) R.K Burt Gallery, London

2007   Opinion Poll, Triangle Gallery: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Selected Research and Commissions:

June 2021 - Present

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) | Fellowship 

Nov 2022 – Present

Peoples Health Trust | Workshop Facilitator 

‘Let’s Talk’ weekly Family Art Club + community filmmaking workshops for residents in Southall, London 


Nov 2022 – Present

Greater London Authority | Workshop Facilitator 

‘Untold Stories’: community photography workshops for residents in Southall, London 

May 2022 - Jan 2023

Central Saint Martins (UAL) | 'College Lenses' Research Grant: 'Nightmare Syndrome' 

May 2022 - July 2022

University of Oxford (TORCH: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) | 'Creative Multilingualism' Projects Commission: 'Tu Hai Meri Fantasy'

January 2020 – Dec 2021      

Imagining India: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) + UAL | Workshop Coordinator and Researcher

Project working with first and second generation South Asian communities in the UK. Project partners include: Southall Community Alliance, TrAIN (The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), Tara Arts and The Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication (University of Hyderabad), India.

June 2021 – Oct 2021      

Southall Ever After: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) + UAL | Project Coordinator + Researcher

Planning and management of community arts festival in Summer 2021

May 2021 - Sept 2021

UAL CCW – Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon + Gunnersbury Park Museum | Project Coordinator

'Being South Asian' Photography Project/ Exhibition  

Project partners include: South Asian Heritage Month UK, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Southall Community Alliance and University of the Arts, London. 

June 2021 - Nov 2021

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and The Essay Film Festival | Archive-based filmmaking commission

July 2020 - June 2021

UK Asian Film Festival/ Arts Council England| Satyajit Ray film commission 

March 2021 

Axis Arts/ Social Art Library | Storytelling for Artists Commission 

Social Art Library bursary

Professional Membership: 

FHEA: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education

Higher & Further Education Teaching:

2021 – Present     

Central Saint Martins (UAL) | 0.6 BA Fine Art Lecturer

2020 – Present    

London College of Communication (UAL) | Associate Lecturer: Contextual and Theoretical Studies for Design, Media and Screen

2014 – 2021    

London College of Communication (UAL) | Academic Support Lecturer: Screen School/ Pre-Degree School


2010 – 2022             

Morley College London | Art History Lecturer: Contemporary Art

                                                Painting and Drawing Tutor

                                                Contextual and Theoretical Studies Lecturer: Foundation Art

Selected taught (gallery based) courses/ lectures:

A Beginner's Guide to Contemporary Art

Gallery Visits: Contemporary Art

Art History and Practice: New Ways of Interacting with Art in Galleries and Museums (co-taught with Art Historian Carlo Corsato)

Foundation Art: Contextual Studies: including assessment of written work

Contemporary Collage

Contemporary Paper Art

Edvard Munch: Life, Love, Anxiety and Death

Designs on Bomberg: The Life and Work of the Artist, in collaboration with ‘A David Bomberg Legacy: The Sarah Rose Collection’

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

13/05/2010 – 01/07/2013        

Mary Ward College | Art History Tutor (Contemporary Art)


29/04/14 – 01/07/16      

Lewisham Council (Mindlift) | Printmaking Tutor  

Selected Lectures + Workshops:

2020: South Asian Heritage Month (fringe) Being South Asian: Drawing Workshop (online)

2019: V&A, London | Lectures: Antoni Tapies: From Surrealism to Emptiness + 

                                       Santiago Calatrava: Building a New Spain - A Return to Nature

2017: British Museum, London | American Dream exhibition workshop: ‘Vivid Vernacular’

2016: Goldsmiths, University of London: MA Art and Politics | Workshop: ‘Paper and Protest’


23/01/12 – 01/08/12                                                                                                 

Tate Modern/ Tate Britain | Intern and Freelance Assistant Curator (Young People’s Programme)


10/09/13 – 01/06/14                                                                                       

Spectrum Youth PRU (14 – 16 year olds) | Sessional Art Tutor: Specialist Artist Register – Fine Art                        


01/05/2012 – 31/01/18                 

Islington Council | Sessional Tutor


29/03/2004 – 16/12/2011           

The Bede Centre/ Youth Project | Education and Employment Co-ordinator


05/08/2002 – 26/03/2004          

Mencap Pathway, Harrow & Lewisham | Education and Employment Co-ordinator


04/05/2002 – 08/02/2003           

St Mungo’s Homeless Project, Kings Cross | Volunteer Art Tutor

Specialist Training:

2012: Engage | Working with ‘at risk’ young people in the arts

21+22/04/12: Camden Arts Centre | Artist Educator Training workshop (Planning gallery based art workshops for young people)

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