Layla Gatens

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Communications and Project Co-ordinator  Culture& 

I am interested in the ways art and memory intersect in galleries, museums, and memorials. I explored these relationships throughout my degree in the History of Art and Anthropology, focusing on the prominence of archives in art practice and theoretical discourse. These interests led me to work on exhibitions such as No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action (1960- 1990) and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. As a Communications Officer at Culture&, I have developed a new digital strategy and created online content. I also manage communications with partners and stakeholders around the artistic programme.

Our most recent event, Thelonious Monk: Modernist Pioneer at the British Library received high levels of engagement online and was featured on BBC 3 Radio and in the Guardian.  

Alongside this, I have had the opportunity to develop my skills as the principal producer of ‘Heritage at a World in London’, a series of radio shows exploring the diverse connections in leading museums and galleries on Resonance FM. I assisted in the production of Digital Drama’s ‘Deeds not Words: Endell St Military Hospital’ and Jocelyn Pook’s ‘Anxiety Fanfare for Variations’, a musical exploration of anxiety disorders which was performed at the Southbank Centre and Hull City of Culture 2017. Currently, I am coordinating the acquisition of the Cultural Co-operation archive to the London Metropolitan Archives and completing a Documentation Placement at the BFI. < back