– Current –

Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea, UK
Nov 2018 – ONGOING


Glynn Vivian was the recipient of the hugely prestigious Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art Curatorial Research Grant for 2021/22, enabling it to create this post for the Imperial Subjects: (Post)Colonial Conversations between South Asia & Britain project, which is part of the museum’s drive to “decolonize” its collection. The project involves several separate events and curatorial ventures, including:

  • Co-curating, with Katy Freer, Head of Exhibitions at Glynn Vivian, an exhibition directly related to the Imperial Subjects project. The show is tentatively titled Tigers & Dragons: Conversations between India and Wales and will include historic alongside contemporary art from South Asia and Britain – with a Welsh slant. Scheduled for Autumn 2024.
ART & Industry stories from south wales
  • Guest Curating the exhibition, Art & Industry: Stories from South Wales (7 April – 11 July 2022). Drawing predominantly from the permanent art collection of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery as well as archival material from Swansea Council’s West Glamorgan Archive Service and Swansea Museum, the exhibition was one of the first to examine the region’s art and industrial heritage through the ‘big’ names of Welsh art history. It also presents a unique opportunity for local communities to share their own memories and involvement with the Welsh industrial landscape via workshops, lectures and talks. The latter will intersect with the British Council’s India-Wales collaborative venture, Connections Through Culture, which consists of a series of online ZOOM panels and a website with the Science Gallery, Bangalore, and the Museum Society of Mumbai.

Curatorial Note & Catalogue for Art & Industry

Curator’s Talk & Walkthrough

Virtual Tour of Exhibition


The product of the Connections Through Culture India-Wales Grant 2021/2022, this collaboration between the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; the Science Gallery Bengaluru; the Museum Society of Mumbai (under the stewardship of Pheroza Godrej) and myself was awarded a grant from British Council Wales for a project exploring Art & Industry in India and Wales. Industrial connections between India and Wales stretch from the imperial era to the present day. The initiative probed these enmeshed histories and contemporary concerns through interdisciplinary digital events bringing together curators, (art) historians, scientists and economists from India and Wales. The initiative included the creation of a permanent website.

Connections Through Culture
Art & Industry Website
Zoom Panel


– Past –

19 OCT 2021 – 12 June 2022

Curatorial Advisor

Advising, alongside Pakistani art historian Dr Samina Iqbal, on the South Asian art component of the Lenbachhaus’ major exhibition, Group Dynamics II: Collectives of the Modernist Period, scheduled to open on 19 October 2021. The role has involved participating in curatorial brainstorming sessions on concepts of the Modern, assisting in the choosing and sourcing of relevant artworks and writing an essay for the catalogue.

See Lenbachhaus for an Overview

Virtual Tour of the India-Pakistan room at Group Dynamics: Collectives from the Modernist Period at Lenbachhaus, Munich

Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK
10 Sept 2021 – 1 OCT 2021

Guest Curator

Patterns of the Past: Weaving Heritage in ‘Pakistani’ Art was a group show comprising 5 artists: Adeela SulemanBushra Waqas Khan, David Chalmers Alesworth, Liaqat Rasul and Ruby Chishti. The show was part of an annual collaboration between London’s Grosvenor Gallery and Karachi’s Canvas Gallery, which ran from 10 September to 1 October 2021. It brought together specially commissioned artworks (tapestries, wall hangings, fabric installations, soft sculptures and mobiles) all of which used textiles to unravel conventional notions of art, heritage, nation and identity. It is a sad truth that the most precious textiles in the Subcontinent have been produced in what are now conflict-torn regions: for instance, muslin from the Myanmar-Bengal borderlands, from which countless Rohingya refugees continue to be displaced, or Jamawar shawls from the battleground that is Kashmir. And yet, textiles have had another, kinder, history too: the fabled Silk Route allowed for syncretic exchanges between the Western world and the various Asias, even as fabulous handwoven carpets journeyed along it from Samarkand and ancient Iran. Much more recently, fibre-art and ‘weaving’ have played a vital role in re-drawing the boundaries between art and craft; used by many an artist to unravel gender biases and cultural pigeonholing. The artists in this show were invited to draw on these variegated legacies; to trace how the history of South Asian textiles is tied to politics, culture, identity – and the British Empire. This show – and the especially ‘tailored’ works within it – aimed to dismantle inter/national stereotypes about ‘Pakistani art’. It received international coverage from publications such as The WickART IndiaDawnThe Karachi Collective and The Aleph Review.
See Overview


Work in Progress @ Ruby Chishti's Studio

Work in Progress @ Ruby Chishti’s Studio

Work in Progress @ Adeela Suleman’s Studio

Work in Progress @ Adeela Suleman’s Studio

AUG 2020 – OCT 2020

Academic Advisor 

Midnight’s Family: 70 Years of Indian Artists in Britain was a mega-group exhibition comprising 3 generations of Indian artists in the UK. Curated by Rachel Dickson and artist Shanti Panchal, I advised on the project and provided the framing text for the show. Midnight’s Family marked the launch of Ben Uri’s 3D Virtual Museum, garnering international coverage; including mentions in BBC LondonThe Guardian GuideArt Daily as well as reviews and previews in publications all over the Subcontinent.


Yinka Shonibare, Arts House Museum, Singapore
Jan 2019 – Jan 2020


Conceptualizing a site-specific commission by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare for The Old Parliament House – the oldest building in Singapore. The immersive installation, Justice For All (13 – 31 January 2020), included a life-size mock-up of F.W. Pomeroy’s statue of Lady Justice at London’s Old Bailey. Sponsored by the National Arts Council, Singapore, it garnered substantial coverage from local and international press, including Artforum International & Hyperallergic.com.

See: Hyperallergic

Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK
May 2019 – Jun 2020

Guest Curator

Form & Figure: Bodies of Art was a group show comprising 3 Pakistani artists: Faiza Butt, Salman Toor & Ali Kazim, a collaboration between Grosvenor and Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. It ran from 11-26 June 2020, consisted of specially commissioned work that negotiated the tension between figuration and abstraction, faith and form, in contemporary Pakistani art. The show received substantial coverage, including reviews and features in Dawn, FAD magazine, Youlin magazine, HELLO! Pakistan and an interview in The New York Times with Salman Toor, which focused on his painting for the show, Green Group (2020).

See: Overview on Grosvenor Gallery

FEB 2017 – JAN 2019

Guest Curator

Co-curated The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India (14 September 2018-20 January 2019), the first exhibition dedicated to the Progressive Artists’ Group at an international institution. The exhibition contained over 80 artworks of Modern Indian art juxtaposed with Asian antiquities from the Rockefeller collection at the Asia Society. The show garnered coverage from the BBC, The New York Times, The Wallstreet Journal, Frieze, Art in America and Artforum International, amongst others.

See: NY Times article

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

Zehra Jumabhoy / The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India