Kleió is a curatorial collective committed to working with contemporary artists and practitioners to address the historic exclusion of marginalised identities.

It seeks to bring neglected stories to the fore through a programme of socially-engaged events, exhibitions, publishing and curatorial projects.

Kleió was founded in 2019 by five alumni of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins: Rosa Abbott, Kat Christidi, Kana Higashino, Tashy Hughes and Lucy Malone.

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Meet the Team

Kat Christidi is a freelance artist-curator, and recent graduate of MA Culture, Criticism and Culture at Central Saint Martins. Kat did her undergrad in Acting, and worked in various theatre positions before gradually discovering that being backstage held more appeal to her than being a performer. She has a passion for conceptualising ideas, being part of a collaborative effort, and following narratives to unexpected places – these are just a few of the common themes between theatre and the visual arts, making curation the next logical step in her career. She is also very funny.

Kana Higashino is an illustrator and curator based in Singapore and London. She studied BA(Hons) Fine Art at Chelsea College of the Arts followed by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. Kana believes art is a powerful tool in education and social justice work, and worked She as a social media curator and in-house illustrator for Shades of Noir. Alongside illustration, branding, website design, and packaging design work, she is also learing how to code. In her free time, she loves to listen to comedy podcasts and playing volleyball whenever she can.

Natasha Hughes is a curator and research based in London. For her undergraduate degree, she studied Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter. She then went on to the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. Throughout these degrees, she has focused on her passion for historical female creatives, traditionally excluded from the canon. She has written about this topic within both academic and creative mediums, and continues to develop this practice in a curatorial capacity. She loves flea markets, collecting and making pottery, and reading, usually curled up beside her whippet.

Lucy Malone is co-founder of The Museum of Ordinary People, an award-winning curator and artist, and an associate lecturer at UAL. She holds a BA in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck College and an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins. Lucy’s curatorial practice is situated within a socially active and feminist framework, actively understanding the place that the arts hold to enact change. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions about ordinary lives, female artists and history, single-parent mothers, and grief and loss.

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