Since opening its first base in 2013 at London’s Fitzrovia Grad has operated as a Kunsthalle, a platform and a forum for debate while researching, curating, commissioning and producing over a hundred critically-acclaimed projects. Equally known for its historical shows and contemporary exhibitions exploring urgent social realities Grad instigates intellectual enquiry and builds connections between artists, individuals and communities from different continents and cultures. Grad challenges cultural bias and preconceptions and champions an experimental interdisciplinary approach with a focus on new media and technologies. Grad's team is based in London and Moscow, but works and thinks internationally.

GRAD is the only not-for-profit organisation which is not a museum, that have been awarded immunity from seizure status by the DCMS. This has made it possible for GRAD to collaborate with international museum collections worldwide, to exhibit them as part of GRAD Academy programme of exhibitions, lectures and screenings that explore cultural and social history. GRAD will continue to present its Academy programme of historic exhibitions in new sites both in the UK and internationally.

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NINA LOBANOV-ROSTOVSKY, Collector and Art Historian

JOHN MILNER, Professor of Russian Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art

WILLEM JAN RENDERS, Curator of Russian art, Van Abbemuseum

MIKHAIL SHVYDKOY, President of the Russian Television Academy Foundation and Special Envoy of the President
of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation

DEBORAH SWALLOW, Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art



Director & Principal Curator

Before completing an MA in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute, Elena was director of the Moscow-based G.O.S.T. Gallery, which specialises in late 19th and 20th century works on paper and has established a strong reputation among Russian museums and cultural institutions. Elena is interested in developing multi-cultural links between Russia and Great Britain and her motto is ‘L’Art sans frontieres’.


Marketing & Development Manager

Ksenia holds MSc in Economics, CIM Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing, MBA and MA in Arts Policy & Management. She has been working in marketing over 20 years,  delivering management & business development services to the creative industries. For the last 5 years Ksenia acted as independent scholar and curator, researching unofficial art of the Second World War and worked on cross-cultural exhibitions of art and memories conceived by the active participants and witnesses of wartime.


Artist and researcher

Alisa Oleva MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College, London. She is an artist, who works mainly in the urban environment. Her projects manifest through participatory performance, urban interventions, urban choreographies, walkshops and audio walks. Alisa has participated in festivals and exhibitions in various cities: London, Moscow, Vilnius, Ufa, Dnepropetrovsk, Manchester, Exeter, Berlin, Belgrade, Salzburg, Pori, Norilsk and Stockholm.


Volunteer Placement Programme

Grad team are seeking volunteers who are interested in art and technology, keen to work with people, use iPhone and learn new trends. As a Grad volunteer, our aim is to provide you with a valuable experience and insight into the international art community, whilst helping us to promote our new digital art project delivered via mobile phone app, for iOS, during Art Night Open on 7-8 July in London. You will work with the festival visitors – potential app users and a group of international artists – its creators and will also contribute to development of the ShadowMemory community in London.

Benefits include:
● Gain insights about the contemporary art scene and learn how the events programme is run
● Gain marketing experience at one of the most visited art festivals in London
● Attend special training sessions with contemporary artists and get the inside scoop about the London Art Night Festival
● Attend social events for volunteers during Art Night
● Complimentary Grad ShadowMemory T-shirt
● Accreditation and letter of reference from Grad
● Paid expenses
● Opportunity to work for Grad during further project launches

Timings: You should be available to represent ShadowMemory during Art Night Open on
Saturday, 7 July – 16:3– 22:00 & Sunday, 8 July 11:00–16:00
Interviews: 13 & 15 June 15:00–18:00
Trainings: 30 June or 1 July, 4 & 7 July 2018 16:00–18:00
Requirements of successful candidates: excellent communication skills, interest in contemporary art and experience using iPhone. You will be expected to participate in testing and collecting feedback from the app users.

If you're interested in being part of this exciting project launch during this prestigious, contemporary art festival and you're comfortable interacting with people & digital technology, Grad are keen to hear from you.
Please send a letter of interest with your CV or short profile to by 10 June.