aloor-mitha-23CAB is delighted to welcome Alnoor Mitha as Lead Curator for COLOMBO ART BIENNALE 2016 With ‘Conceiving Space’, 25th Nov – 22nd Dec 2016

The Colombo Art Biennale’s (CAB) 4th edition of Sri Lanka’s leading International Festival of Contemporary Art announces the theme ‘Conceiving Space’. Annoushka Hempel, CAB’s Founding Artistic Director along with the CAB Artistic Advisory Board are delighted to welcome Alnoor Mitha as Lead Curator for 2016.

Alnoor Mitha, joined The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2012. He is a Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures) at MIRIAD and Manchester School of Art. Prior to this, he had held posts as Curator at both Huddersfield and Oldham Art Galleries. During 2001-2011, Mitha was the founding Artistic Director of Shisha, the international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts. Whilst at Shisha, Mitha founded the award winning, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM). Through his vision, the ATM is now part of MMU as a strategic International Festival of Contemporary Visual Culture. Mitha has also produced numerous publications and is a trustee for Cubitt (Turner Prize nominated artists), London. He was also nominated for the TSB Asian Jewel Award for his outstanding work for Asian arts.

In 2014, Mitha was awarded a substantial grant from Arts Council England and the highest grant from the Knowledge Exchange Innovation fund to research and deliver the third Asian Triennial Manchester (ATM14) and the inaugural Asian Business Event (ABE).