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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. Read their bios below.





Rosa Abbott is a writer and curator based in London. She did her undergrad in English Literature & History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin (2012) before enrolling in MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins in 2019. Both courses have instilled in her a multidisciplinary approach, and a love of reading, sharing and generating texts, both critical and fictional. Rosa has written about contemporary art for magazines including Hyperallergic, Aesthetica and Paper Visual Art, and worked as press officer for Kerlin Gallery for four years. Her practice foregrounds discussion, subjectivity and sociality, with a particular focus on spaces and communities historically operating outside institutional frameworks, such as club culture, queer spaces, and DIY communities.
Kat Christidi is a freelance artist-curator, and recent graduate of MA Culture, Criticism and Culture at Central Saint Martins (the birthplace of Kleió). 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 artist, 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 is co-founder of ARtCH, a critical research platform dedicated to supporting emerging artists and art students, providing education on the art industry, its markets, and the politics of UK art schools. She also worked as social media curator and in-house illustrator for Shades of Noir, an organisation dedicated to creating a visible intersectional presence across University of the Arts London. Alongside freelance illustration and design work, she makes videos that touch upon cultural appropriation, ideals of femininity, and Asia-exotica (the exotification of Asian women). She loves playing volleyball and watching commentary channels on YouTube, and misses Vine.
Natasha Hughes is a curator and researcher 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 focussed 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. Her research interests are based in multi-method and practice-based research, participatory/inclusive practice, everyday objects, queer and neoteric archival practice and emerging museology.



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