Priya Khanchandani specialises in the dissemination of ideas about contemporary design and Indian culture through curating, writing and arts management. In 2018, she was appointed Deputy Editor of monthly design and architecture magazine ICON, before being quickly promoted to Editor. She also curated the India Pavilion at London Design Biennale, held at Somerset House and titled State of Indig
Priya’s degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University, specialising in Renaissance Italy, inspired her interest in visual culture. She went on to train in the History of Design in a museum context by completing an MA at the Royal College of Art, where she was awarded a Distinction and the annual Dissertation Prize for her research on urban India now. From 2011-2015 she went on to work across the V&A, culminating as the Development Manager responsible for object acquisitions, including a campaign to save the £4 million Wolsey Angels.
From 2015-16 Priya worked as Head of Arts Programmes for the British Council India. She formed part of a core team that conceived and launched the Year of Culture between the UK and India. She also curated the Reimagine arts programme, working with 22 UK cultural organisations on realising new and exciting work in India.
Since 2016, Priya has worked as a writer, curator and regular speaker on design and decolonising culture, based in London. She previously contributed to outlets such as Frieze, The White Review, and Disegno, and books including the Design Museum’s Designers in Residence book and Bloomsbury’s Encyclopaedia of Design. At the Royal College of Art, she was an Editor of Unmaking Things, a design historical blog featured on the V&A’s website. She has also published short fiction and won a nomination for the Asian Writer Award.
Priya’s arts expertise is enhanced by her law diploma and early career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance, from 2005-2011. She employed these skills in an arts context during her four years as Trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery, an ACE National Portfolio organisation. As of 2017, she is a Trustee of Engage and co-runs Museums Detox, a collective of museum professionals campaigning for greater diversity in the arts. She has been invited to join the National Panel for the 2019 Civic Trust Awards for architecture.