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The Team

The Team

Virginia Sykes-Wright – Founder

With a degree in Humanities and business studies, Virginia has had a passion for art and an eye for collecting since childhood. 

Having worked in finance in Australia before working for a world-renowned art establishment in London , Virginia went on to assemble collections in both Europe and the United States for private foundations and premier museums. Now with over a decade of experience in organising one of London’s premier Asian art events and having run a gallery for emerging artists, Virginia hopes LACA will inspire all those with an interest in Asian contemporary art and design. 

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Creative Direction – Kerr McIlwraith

Kerr McIlwraith has an academic background in Edo period Japanese art, focusing on the introduction of a globalised marketplace. Having worked internationally with a range of dealers, galleries, auction houses and fashion brands, Kerr McIlwraith, will utilise his broad background in branding and design within LACA.

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Viv Lawes – Education & Lectures

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with over twenty years’ experience in the art market. She is Course Leader for the Asian Art & Its Markets semester course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and also teaches at the City & Guilds of London Art School and the University of the Arts, London.

As Senior UK consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia, she has co-curated many commercial exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore since 2011.

Viv is also an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and travels widely in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Pamela Kember – Strategy Advisor

Pamela Kember is an independent curator and writer on art from Asia and of the diaspora. She was Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House from 2013-2019.  Ms Kember has a background working in museums and in education here in London and Hong Kong. After graduating, she joined Director, David Elliott at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, with its focus on non Western art exhibitions including Japan, India and China. She returned to Hong Kong in 1997 and for the next twelve years curated exhibitions on contemporary Hong Kong artists and lectured at various universities and arts institutions, specialising in contemporary art from Asia. 

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