Priya Khanchandani specialises in the dissemination of ideas about contemporary design and Indian culture through writing, curating and arts management. In 2015 she was appointed Head of Arts Programmes for the British Council India. She formed part of a core team that conceived and launched the Year of Culture between the UK and India. She also curated the Reimagine arts programme, working with 22 UK cultural organisations on realising new and exciting work in India. Since 2016, she has worked as a writer, curator and regular speaker on design and diversity in the arts, based in London.
Priya has contributed to publications such as Frieze Magazine, The White Review, Modern Magazine, Wasafiri, the Independent and Bloomsbury’s Encyclopaedia of Design. She contributes reviews to India’s national Open Magazine and has written frequently for Disegno’s quarterly journal and digital edition since 2011. At the Royal College of Art, she was an Editor of Unmaking Things, a design historical blog featured on the V&A’s website. She has also published short fiction and won a nomination for the Asian Writer Award.
From 2011-2015 Priya worked across the V&A, culminating as the Development Manager responsible for object acquisitions, including a campaign to save the £4 million Wolsey Angels. Her degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University, specialising in Renaissance Italy, inspired her interest in visual culture. She went on to train in the History of Design in a museum context by completing an MA at the Royal College of Art, where she was awarded a Distinction and the annual Dissertation Prize for her research on urban India now.
Priya’s arts expertise is enhanced by her law diploma and early career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance, from 2005-2011. She has employed these skills in an arts context during her four years as Trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery, an ACE National Portfolio organisation. As of 2017, she is a Trustee of Engage and co-runs Museums Detox, a collective of museum professionals campaigning for greater diversity in the arts.