Art historian and writer
Camilla Canellas is an arts consultant with over twenty-five years experience working in the arts and cultural sector. She is an art historian and writer with an academic interest in Islamic art and architecture and a broad knowledge of contemporary art developments across Central Asia, the Middle East, Iran and North Africa. Over the last two decades she has worked internationally for a broad range of clients, creating and implementing pioneering programmes for artists and curators, museums and cultural institutions, diplomats and foreign governments.
Following a twelve-year working career at the British Council, which saw her developing cultural diplomacy projects across Asia, the MENA region, Iran, the Russian Federation, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Latin America, she has been working as an independent consultant. Her international clients include; Tate Britain, Qatar Museums, Bidoun, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Dubai, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and Art Jameel. In 2005 she joined ArtsProjects and Solutions as their Senior Associate and has worked for them on consultancy projects for Qatar Museums, Arts Council England and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She currently leads on ´The Jameel Prize´, an international art prize run by the Victoria & Albert Museum which APS is project managing.
Her writing interests span more than two decades. It first began with the quarterly magazine ¨Arts and the Islamic world´ for whom she worked as Research Associate and undertook a major research project documenting the wealth of Islamic art resources in museums and institutions across the USA. The findings were published in a special report by the magazine in 1994. She has also worked for The Royal Collection researching, cataloguing and editing the collection´s Indian and Islamic art holdings.
Whilst at the British Council, she set up the publishing arm of Visiting Arts and edited and contributed to UNESCO funded cultural profiles as well as creating the first publication of its kind at the time, a guide to all the festivals in Edinburgh. She has also contributed to numerous publications that include Art Radar, the V&A magazine and the British Museum magazine.
Camilla holds a History of Art MA (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh and the Certificate in Art Journalism and Writing 101, Art Journalism from the Art Radar Institute.
She is a Fellow of the RSA.