Sufea Mohamad Noor (b.1993) is an artist and curator based in Liverpool. Her primary interests are useful art and postcolonial discourse. Sufea is currently exploring typography and embodiment through the practice of making artist books, hosting communal meals and creating textiles sculptures.
She started her career in contemporary art in 2012 by co-founding Not Just Collective with Nicky Roscoe-Calvert, Andy Johnson, Sean Robertson and Kevin Newbold.
Shortly after completing her A Levels, Sufea was awarded a bursary by The Heritage Lottery Fund and spent a year at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums as a trainee specialising in exhibitions, documentation and conservation. Through the traineeship, Sufea achieved a Diploma in Cultural Heritage Studies and curated New Arrangements at The Hatton Art Gallery. New Arrangements showed Wantee by Laure Prouvost next to Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn. The curatorial display was kindly supported by Alistair Hudson and Rob Airey, and was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of its Our Museum programme.
Having accumulated an experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree, Sufea skipped her Bachelor of Art in History of Art at Liverpool John Moores University to study for her Master of Art in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. During her postgraduate degree, Sufea was taught by Griselda Pollock, Helen Graham and Nick Cass who supported the critical development of her work in feminism, postcolonial discourse, heritage, contemporary art and institutional practices.
Sufea is passionate about advocating for contemporary art in the North of England and work predominantly with artists based in the region. Previously, she has commissioned works QUAD Collective, A Small Cinema, Jon Barraclough, Sam Fahy and Squash Nutritions for Tate Liverpool followed by Karen Guthrie, Amina Atiq, Vicky Opomu and Salma Noor for Granby Winter Garden as well as coordinating Gary Sollars’ retrospective exhibition at The Royal Standard.
In parallel to her own practice, Sufea has also worked for other artists such as Laurence Payot, Kevin Beasley, Mohamed Bourouissa, Arseny Zhilyaev, Assemble and Granby Workshop.