Raj Sandhu is a cultural producer and manager with a distinct interest and focus on Biennials and an extensive experience of commissioning new works in the public space supported by museums, institutions and galleries internationally. She has over 15 years’ experience, having worked with over 150 artists on new commissions for contemporary art exhibitions, educational projects, and public programmes. She brings an all-encompassing approach, by imagining and implementing strategies for growth and development, whilst aligning opportunities to strengthen projects and programs to meet their ambitions.
Having worked in all organisational areas for numerous Biennial’s from programme, funding, marketing, education, visitor programmes and production, she is adept at forging and nurturing intercultural connections to deliver meaningful exchanges with stakeholders, participants and audiences.
Her past work comprises of four editions of Liverpool Biennial festival from 2003 to 2010, establishing the first Indian Biennale, Kochi Muziris Biennale (2012), as Head of Programmes and strategy, working within the UK creative industries landscape at the placemaking agency Creative Quarter, Nottingham (2014), producer for Tomas Saraceno, Carte Blanche at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018), Director of Programmes for the first Yerevan Biennale (2020-2021).
She was until recently Head of Projects for the expanded quadrennial project sonsbeek 20-24, based in Arnhem, Netherlands, establishing the operational, organisational and programme plans for the year ahead, and delivered Abstracting Parables exhibition in partnership with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Much of her work sits at the intersections of creative and multidisciplinary practices and placemaking initiatives.
In 2023 Raj Sandhu acted as an advisor to the DAI's Admissions Committee.