Announcing Our new Head of Arts: Juan de Lara

The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to announce its new Head of Arts, Juan de Lara, who will join the team from the 18th of October.   

Alka Bagri says: “Juan has made a great impression on all of us at the Foundation and we do look forward to starting this exciting journey with him. We are confident that his expertise and experience will be a valuable addition to our team at a pivotal moment in the art sector as well as the Foundation’s work in supporting unique art practices from Asia.” 

On his appointment, Juan says: “In recent years the Bagri Foundation has acted as the one of the leading dynamos of change in the cultural scene, developing British-Asian talent and sparking debate on relevant and thought-provoking subjects around art and education. It is an honour and privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of re-envisioning the future orientation and strategy of the organisation along an excellent group of trustees and management team. I look forward to developing new initiatives and projects that will advance our goals and ambitions, while securing its impact amongst a wide and diverse audience in an ever-changing environment.” 

Juan de Lara’s past responsibilities have included the role of Cultural Manager at Asia House in London (2018–2021), where he set one of UK’s most ambitious programmes working on hard-to-reach audiences. He also acted as Operations and Finance Manager and Head of Development at Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art in London between 2013 and 2016. From 2019 to 2021 he was also a collaborator of the Islamic Art SSN (Birmingham Museums) and an associate consultant for world-leading cultural consultancy firm, Barker Langham. In addition to this, he has been involved in several cultural initiatives around the globe, including the setting up of the Pavilion of Humanity at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2016–2017), and more recently as curatorial consultant for the blockbuster exhibition Epic Iran at The Victoria & Albert Museum (2020–2021). Juan has paralleled his career with a solid academic backbone, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, UCL, the University of Goldsmith London, Sotheby’s Institute, amongst others, having specialised on interconnectivity and cross-culturation between nations of Europe and Asia. He is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a Trustee and Board Member of Global Learning London. 

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