Dr Ope Lori founded PILAA in 2015. She is a multi-skilled leader, who studied at two renowned Schools of Art: Central Saint Martins for her Undergraduate in Fine Arts, followed by Chelsea College of Arts, for her PgDip and Masters in Fine Art, before completing a practice-based PhD in 2014. She brings to PILAA a wealth of knowledge and experience in race and gender related fields, as well as having a successful artist profile; specialising using video and photography in her political practice. She has shown nationally and internationally alongside world revered artists such as Kara E Walker and Ayana V Jackson. She was the recipient of Arts Council England funding for her solo exhibition 'I Want Me Some Brown Sugar' in 2013 and has continued to secure research bids for similar events.
Dr Lori continues to educate at two leading Art Schools, as a Lecturer at both Chelsea College of Arts and Leeds College of Art. She is also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the TrAIN research centre at UAL. She has given seminars, talks and workshops nationally and internationally, being awarded in 2012 with a Visiting Scholar position at the Centre For African Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Finally she has over 12 years of experience in the Visitor Engagement industry at Wilson James, a leading security, logistics and business services provider for the TATE Galleries in London, where she worked in Management; supervising and coordinating a team of 100+ employees for the client to a high standard.
Apart from her noticeable hairstyle and her love of Liverpool FC, Dr Lori brings passion, determination and a killer vision in making PILAA a visual content and educational agency, that anyone would want to work with.
Dr Lori carefully handpicks her team of artists with one important USP; they all have PhDs. Not only do you get to work with an experienced practicisng visual artist, but you work with a researcher who is knowledgeable in the social, theoretical and critical fields that your campaigns are lodged in. Like the founder, our artists have worked both nationally and internationally. At PILAA we pick the right artist-researcher to work on a project; to offer
consultation and to create the content for your visual campaign or to come into your organisation and give workshops and training in the relevant area through visual arts practice. We are not like your everyday ad agency, here we do the research and turn our thinking into action.
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