Kate Cary Evans is Founder and Executive Editor of Art Radar, an online art newspaper which has been covering Asian contemporary art since 2008. Kate has studied art appraisal techniques with the Appraisers Association of America in conjunction with New York University, contemporary Asian art at Sotheby’s Institute in London, and curatorship at Hong Kong Art School in association with the Guggenheim. She helped organise the Hong Kong editions of Asia Art Forum, an event which has brought together curators, scholars and collectors from around the region, and has run courses on Chinese contemporary art and collecting for Asia Society amongst others. [See a video of Kate talking about Chinese contemporary art market to the Wall Street Journal].
Kate has also participated in scholarly panels around the world, most recently Casa Asia at ARCO Madrid. Kate has written for the South China Morning Post and Hong Kong Tatler, and many art publications besides. She founded the Art Radar Institute in 2011 and its flagship course, the Art Radar Diploma in Art Journalism and Writing, now attracts students from all over the world as well as prestigious sponsorship support.
C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia is a Vietnamese-Italian from Padova, Italy. She currently resides between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she has been living since 2009, and Padova, Italy. Mai holds a BA in Chinese | History of Art and Archaeology and an MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, as well as an MSc in Development Studies | Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the School of Development, Innovation and Change (SDIC), University of Bologna, Italy. She has worked in the conservation of world cultural heritage in Rome and in contemporary art galleries in London, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. Her articles have been published in Art Review Asia, Art Radar and The Culture Trip.
Mai joined the Art Radar team as Copy Editor in May 2013, and became Staff Writer in November of the same year. Continuing to contribute her writing to Art Radar, she has taken up the role of Managing Editor from November 2015.
Clare Rosslyn Wilson, Staff Writer
Claire Rosslyn Wilson is a poet, nonfiction writer and editor. She has professional experience in resource development and the arts, and has worked with international and non-profit organisations in Thailand, Singapore and Australia. She is passionate about the capacity of the arts to create deeper understanding between people across cultures, and this is an ongoing theme that drives her professional and creative work.
Claire has had articles published in various journals including Culture360, Tongues Multilingual Magazine and the Flying Inkpot Theatre and Dance. Prior to working as a freelance writer, Claire worked with organisations such as the Asia-Europe Foundation’s Cultural Exchange Department, Experimenta, RMIT University Design Archives, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Diaspora Action Australia and the International Organization for Migration in Thailand on their Cultural Orientation programme. You can read more of her work on her website.
Claire joined the Art Radar team as Part-time Staff Writer in September 2016.
Rebecca Close, Staff Writer
Rebecca Close is a writer, editor and translator. She worked as an assistant at the Chinese Arts Center in Manchester (UK) during her degree in Philosophy and was awarded a British Council scholarship to complete research in art history at the University of the Hong Kong and carry out a fellowship at Asia Art Archive. She has been a desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific Magazine since 2009.
In 2012 she co-founded arts research collective diásporas críticas, who have performed, published, exhibited and taught widely. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Critical Theory and Experimental Practices at the University of Arts, Guayaquil (Ecuador) between 2015-2016.
Rebecca joined the Art Radar team as Part-time Staff Writer in September 2016.
Carmen Stolfi, Copy Editor and Freelance Contributor
Carmen Stolfi is a curator and writer from Rome, currently living in Milan. She earned her BA in Fashion and Cultural Studies at La Sapienza University and completed her academic studies with an MA Degree in Communication from IULM University in Milan, concentrating on the issue of transdisciplinarity in contemporary visual culture.
Experienced in writing, editing and online publishing, and with an extensive practice as a curator in numerous art institutions in Italy, France and the US, Carmen is now the Founding Director of the Where’s Art editorial platform, on which she carries on her researches on artists and practices from the MENASA region. She’s also a contributor to New York-based online magazine Artspace and collaborates with IED – Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan teaching Fashion writing. She joined Art Radar in January 2015.
Negarra A. Kudumu, Copy Editor and Freelance Contributor
Negarra A. Kudumu is a trained social scientist with a profound interest in cultural production and consumption, and the ways in which it is expressed through language. In 2012 she decided to move away from the social sciences and immerse herself completely in the art and culture sectors. Since
then, she has served in multiple capacities: arts educator, public programmes curator, writer, researcher, editor and translator. She maintains an expertise in contemporary art of the African diaspora with a growing base of knowledge in the contemporary art of South Asia and its diaspora. Her intellectual interests reside at the intersections of contemporary art, curation and critical theory.
Negarra is Educator at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA where she develops and manages adult education and public programmes. She is also contributing writer and the Culture and Politics Editor for The Postcolonialist. She joined the Art Radar team in November 2015.
Tianmo Zhang (张天墨) is an MA candidate in art history at Concordia University, Montreal, and holds a BA in art history and communications from the University of Ottawa (2010-2014). Her MA thesis focuses on the emancipation of “Chineseness” and cultural signifiers in contemporary Chinese ink painting from 2000-2015, with emphasis on two Vancouver-based exhibitions, “Jiangnan” (1998) and “Unscrolled” (2014). Since 2013, she is the founder of Z Art Space, Montreal, a curatorial project space dedicated to promoting contemporary Asian art in Canada and supporting local student initiatives.
Kriti Bajaj, Art Radar Institute Tutor and Freelance Contributor
Kriti has experience in writing, editing and online publishing primarily related to arts and culture, and her work has appeared in publications such as The Calvert Journal, Aesthetica, Tribe Magazine, The Culture Trip and Hamazor. She is also interested in photography and visual media as methods of storytelling and research. Kriti holds an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London (2012) with a focus on media and visual culture, and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi (2010).
In the past, she has worked with the UNESCO Parsi-Zoroastrian Project (2010-2011) and founded and edited Bricolage Magazine (2013-2014). She is also Co-founder of the Delhi BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club.
Kriti was previously a Staff Writer and Managing Editor at Art Radar (2013-2015), and now contributes articles on a freelance basis. Since January 2016, Kriti is also a tutor for Art Radar Institute’s Diploma in Art Journalism and Writing. She lives and works in New Delhi. You can see more of her work on her website.
Michele started out as an investment banker before coming to her senses and turning to more beautiful things. After a brief stint in philanthropy, she found her way to London to study art theory. Her research interests include aesthetics, temporality and the intersections between language, philosophy, fiction and visual culture. She holds a BBA (Law) from the University of Hong Kong and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Michele joined Art Radar as a Staff Writer in May 2014 until July 2016. She continues to explore the world with wide eyes and an eager pen.
Clare Tyrrell-Morin, Freelance Contributor
Clare Tyrrell-Morin was born in England, raised in Hong Kong and now calls America home. She began her career as an arts writer in Hong Kong in 2001 with HK Magazine. This was followed by full-time positions covering Asian contemporary art with the South China Morning Post and Time Out Hong Kong. Clare also spent several years as the Marketing & Events Manager for Asia City Media, where she helped to create band showcases, film festivals and author events.
In 2009, Clare moved to Portland, Maine, a creative city close to Boston and six hours above New York City. From here, she has continued to work on Asian cultural projects, as creator and contributing editor of the annual Time Out Hong Kong Art Guide (2010-2015) and an editor with the Asia Art Archive. She also co-founded Yaji in 2014, a salon series that investigates new waves of contemporary Asian art as they collide with New England life. Clare took over as the Managing Editor of Art Radar in June 2015 until October 2015. She continues to contribute her writing to Art Radar. You can see more of her writing on her website.
Lisa Pollman is a freelance journalist based in the United States. Lisa holds a BA in History and a MA in Asian Studies and is an enthusiastic supporter of emerging artists in Asia and the Middle East. She joined Art Radar as an Art Journalism student in 2012, and in May 2013 became the site’s first Administrative Assistant.
Currently, Lisa writes for several international art and culture websites and searches the globe for unique stories, programmes and projects on behalf of readers throughout the world.
Linda Pittwood, Freelance Contributor
Linda is an art critic, project manager, academic, content editor and copy editor specialising in Chinese and British contemporary art. She is personally intrigued and professionally concerned with how artworks translate between cultures and contexts, and how language is involved in these processes. Underpinning everything she does is the creation of written content – both her own and supporting others in achieving the best possible writing.
Linda was Exhibition Officer for Art Galleries at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2009-2015) where she worked with an emphasis on collaboration to deliver many exhibitions of international historic, modern and contemporary art. Since October 2015 Linda has been a PhD candidate at University of Nottingham, UK, examining contemporary Chinese artworks that represent the female body. She joined the Art Radar team in November 2015.
Nooshfar Afnan, Freelance Contributor
Nooshfar Afnan has been living in Beijing for the past eight years, exploring and enjoying the vibrant art scene. She is a freelance art writer, and has been submitting articles and interviews with artists and art professionals to Art Radar since 2010.
Nooshfar has a Masters degree in Art History from Carleton University, Ottawa and has worked in various capacities in galleries, archives and as an art consultant and artist representative.
Charlotte Chang, Freelance Contributor
Born in the U.S. and raised in Hong Kong, Charlotte graduated from Harvard University with a BA in German Literature in 2012. During her undergraduate years, she also studied abroad in Munich at the Ludwig Maximilian University. A few foundational courses with top art historians both at Harvard and in Munich first sparked her interest in art and art history. After teaching English and Literature at a secondary school in Hong Kong for two years, Charlotte became the editor of the bilingual art magazine a.m. post, an experience that exposed her to the local contemporary art world and inspired her to pursue arts writing further.
Charlotte started freelancing in early 2015 and now writes on art and education for different publications. You can read more about her work on her website.
Christine Lee, Freelance Contributor
Christine Lee is an art and design consultant based in New York. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature, a Masters in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, and has studied modern and contemporary art and history of the art market at Christie’s Education in New York. Christine worked and trained in galleries in New York and Seoul, including Haunch of Venison, Arario Gallery, Martos Gallery and Gallery Sun Contemporary.
Christine is a graduate of Art Radar‘s Diploma in Art Journalism and Writing, and has been contributing to Art Radar since January 2013.
Rachel Marsden (马十灯), Freelance Contributor
Rachel is a transcultural curator, art consultant, PhD researcher, lecturer, arts writer and avid blogger in the field of translating Chinese and Asian contemporary culture. She is also a language-obsessed text and book artist and bookbinder. Since 2010, she has been living between the UK and Shanghai.
In January 2014, Rachel founded “The Temporary”, a new transcultural exchange platform examining ‘temporary’ experience in art, architecture, design, music, sound, performance and culture between the UK and China. She is also a part-time Coordinator for the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) in Birmingham (UK) and China, and has previously worked as Research Curator (2012-2014) for the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester.
Rachel is someone who “connects the dots that people can’t see” (Richard Hsu, TED China) through her ability to foster transcultural relationships and develop understanding between diverse creatives and cultures, specifically in China and the UK.
James Ellis, Freelance Contributor
James Ellis is an art educator, researcher and writer from the U.S., now based in Hong Kong. Currently, James is Research Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts and, as such, is a passionate advocate for young, rising Asian artists.
James earned BA, MA and PhD degrees in Art History, picking up experience in museum curatorial departments along the way. He also attended law school and was a practicing attorney in New York and elsewhere for several years before arriving in Hong Kong in 2011. James began contributing to Art Radar in November 2015.
Jane Ingram Allen, Freelance Contributor
Jane Ingram Allen, originally from Alabama and now based in Santa Rosa, CA, does environmental and community art projects around the world using natural materials and handmade paper she creates from local plant waste materials. Many of her projects involve working with local communities and incorporating seeds and planting as part of her art-making process that uses hand papermaking and sculpture constructions from local natural sustainable materials.
Jane has lived and worked in many communities in the USA as well as internationally. From 2004-2012 she lived in Taiwan, working as a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 and 2005 and then continuing as an independent artist organising and curating environmental art projects in communities of Taiwan. Jane founded and curates international environmental art projects bringing artists together with local communities for new perspectives on local/global problems and writes about sculpture and environmental art for publications such as Sculpture, Public Art Review and Art Radar.
Jane has received awards to do artist-in-residency projects in the USA, the Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, Tanzania, Indonesia, China and Taiwan. You can read more on her website.
Javelyn Ramos, Freelance Contributor
Javelyn Ramos, “Jv” to her friends, was born and brought up in Manila. She is a non-fiction writer and journalist by day, and develops her fictional and illustrative pieces and works on commissioned art-related books by night. In 2012, she joined Expat Communications, Inc., the longest running publication to cater to the international community in the Philippines.
In 2013, Javelyn published a book on Philippine cinema’s “Golden Age” with professor Kathy Almajose, entitled Kakaibang Tingin, Kakaibang Titig. She began contributing to Art Radar in 2014, with the aim of learning about and promoting art and artists from the “East”.
Andrew Stooke, Freelance Contributor
Andrew Stooke is an artist educator and writer based in Shanghai and London. He is currently Director of Art at Dulwich College Shanghai. Previously, he directed the pioneering programme of artist residencies in education at the Oliver Holt Gallery, Dorset, UK. Andrew was part of the curatorial team that produced “ExLab” – art/science collaborations on the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site – for the London Olympics.
As well as contributing to Art Radar, his writing on art and media can be found in Art Galleries Magazine (Asia), Art Monthly, Public, The British Art Journal, Engage Journal, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and online on The Guardian, New Statesman and Randian. His work in visual art and media has featured in recent exhibitions and festivals in Bilbao, Basel, Berlin and Shanghai.
Ambika Rajgopal, Freelance Contributor
Ambika Rajgopal, originally from New Delhi, currently resides in London. She has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MSc in Art, Law and Business from Christie’s Education, London. Ambika has previously worked in the Indian and Islamic Department at Christie’s, South Kensington, London. In addition to this, she has written extensively on art, with a special focus on the Asian art scene. Alongside Art Radar, she has written for Saffronart Blog, Avenir and The Culture Trip.
In 2015, Ambika, in collaboration with Delhi Art Gallery, wrote a monograph on the Bombay Progressive modernist Krishen Khanna, which was published by the gallery. Ambika has previously worked in London, New Delhi and Frankfurt.
Christina Ayson, Freelance Contributor
Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Christina began studying art history and curatorial practice in New York. She has extensive experience working in museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Art, New York and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California. As the Art Programme Coordinator of a non-profit organisation for people with disabilities, she curated exhibitions for artists with disabilities helping them receive recognition throughout the Bay Area community.
Christina is currently a Master’s Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her interests are in curatorial pedagogy as it pertains to the distribution and reception of artists of colour, contemporaneity and affective labour. She hopes to develop a wider understanding of intersectional transnational politics and its affect on art, art history and artists.
Durriya Dohadwala, Freelance Contributor
Durriya Dohadwala was born in Pakistan, grew up in Tanzania, and is now based in Singapore. She has been working in arts education and appreciation since 2006: as board member at Art Outreach, a not-for-profit organisation that teaches art appreciation in public schools for free; as a docent at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and as an editor and freelance arts writer for local as well as international print and online arts publications.
She holds an MA in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmiths College, University of London and an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi.
Nathalie Johnston, Freelance Contributor
Nathalie Johnston is a researcher and collaborator living in Yangon, Myanmar. Her online platform, Myanmar Art Evolution, was created to bring focus to the talented contemporary artists in Myanmar, as well as provide some historical and regional context within Southeast Asian art. She co-founded the experimental art project “7000 Padauk”, and is currently working to found an online art archive in Myanmar to provide resources for local and international students wishing to conduct research.
Nathalie also consults with international galleries to bring focus to artists in the region. She received her Masters degree from Sotheby’s Institute Singapore, where she completed her thesis on performance art in Myanmar in 2010.
Yvonne Wang, Freelance Contributor
Yvonne is an arts writer and editor currently based in Singapore. In August 2012, she took over as editor of The Muse, a leading arts and culture online publication in Singapore. Yvonne is a graduate of Art Radar‘s Diploma in Art Journalism and Writing, and in addition to being a regular contributor to Art Radar, she is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Art Newspaper China, amongst others.
Yvonne is also a seasoned corporate and arts and culture communications specialist with over seven years of experience working with clients across a wide range of industries. Born in Hong Kong, Yvonne has lived in various cultural hubs including London, Beijing, Boston and Washington DC. Heavily influenced by her multicultural upbringing, Yvonne’s appreciation for the arts was nurtured from a young age. She holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in Philosophy & Political Science and East Asian Studies from Boston University.
Claire Bouchara, Freelance Contributor
Originally from France and England, Claire moved to Hong Kong in September 2013 and delved into Asia’s art scene. With a strong interest in Southeast Asian and African art, she is eager to discover, learn and support emerging artists from these countries. Claire holds a BA in Managing Performance from Leeds University and an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London.
Claire started submitting articles on Hong Kong’s art scene and interviews with artists and art professionals to Art Radar in February 2014. She took on the role of assistant organiser of Art Radar‘s Hong Kong City Meet Ups in March 2014.