Kaia Charles is a Cultural projects comissioner and producer whose work is rooted in contemporary art practice.
Charles has commissioned projects that explore urbanism, digital and cross-cultural visual culture. Before joining Greenwich Peninsula’s cultural team in 2014, she worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Contemporary Programmes section, curating a variety of arts commissions. In 2013, Charles devised and curated the Friday Late Dalston and Peckham takeovers for the V&A and MasterCard.
She has also co-charied the V&A’s African Caribbean steering group which worked towards incorporate Afro-Caribbean contemporary art into the V&A’s collections.
Charles believes art and culture should be inclusive and is crucial to adding a creative dimension to the new neighbourhood.
Her work for Greenwich Peninsula involves fostering creative partnerships, bringing the work of emerging designers and artists who establish links with local communities in creative ways. She works alongside artist Jemima Burrill to develop exhibitions for the Peninsula’s first art gallery, NOW Gallery, a hugely exciting addition to the area.
Charles also commissions site, specific art and architectural interventions for the public such as Conrad Shawcross’s Optic Cloak, Colourblock Cranes by Morag Myerscough as well as artist hoardings by renowned illustrators matt Blease, Jack Taylor and Ricardo Cavolo in 2016.
In 2017, Charles has curated 'The Body Issue,' a photography exhibition exploring anatomy, beauty politics and self-expression.
Most recently, Charles is working on a co-curation between NOW Gallery and Historic England: 'Another England', a photographic retrospective of the last 100 years of Black and Asian Heritage in England.