Sumitra Upham, Crafts Council

Sumitra Upham is Head of Public Programmes at the Crafts Council in London where she oversees all programming in the gallery and beyond, and leads on audience engagement and development work. From 2017-2021 she was Senior Curator of Public Programmes at the Design Museum leading an interdisciplinary programme of talks, events, residencies and temporary projects. In 2019, Sumitra was appointed Curator of Programmes for the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, titled Empathy Re-Visited: Designs for more than one (15 October 2020 - 30 April 2021) curated by Mariana Pestana with Billie Muraben. In 2020, she joined the Board of Trustees at Cubitt, an artist cooperative based in Islington, London. Previously, Sumitra was Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London where she curated educational projects and displays including Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 - 1975 in collaboration with Dr Catharine Rossi, See Red Women's Workshop and Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s. Prior to this, Sumitra was part of the exhibitions team at White Cube, London. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London.