Joella Kiu (b. 1993) is an art historian, researcher, and independent curator, whose research and practice is driven by the symbiotic relationship between art history and contemporary art practices.

She has curated multiple exhibitions, and runs the art educational archive and platform Object Lessons Space. She read History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, London) and the University of York (BA, York). She was a Finalist for the 2019 IMPART Awards (Curator).


MA History of Art (Distinction)
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK | 2016 β€” 2017
Special Option: Persian Painting and Transcultural Visibility
Thesis: Synaesthesia: Music Into Painting of the Early Safavid Era

BA History of Art (First Class Honours)
University of York, York, UK | 2012 β€” 2015
Thesis: The Multi-Petalled Human: Investigating the Composition of Man and Flower in the Rose Headed Figures of Al-Durr Al-Munazzam FΔ« Sirr Al-Isn Al-A’zam


2018 | Art & Reproduction, Object Lessons Space, Temple Street, Singapore

2018 | The Deepest Blue, D/SINI Festival, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

2017 | Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

2017 | Noruz: Feasting in Spring, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


Founder & Creative Director
Object Lessons Space, Singapore
June 2018 β€” Present

Research Assistant
Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Dec 2017 β€” Present

Independent Curator
July 2017 β€” Present

Special Projects Manager
BooksActually, Singapore
January 2014 β€” July 2016


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