Artistic Programming Director at Royal Commission for AlUla , Saudi Arabia
Sumantro Ghose is an Arts Producer, Curator and Cultural Strategist with over 20 years’ experience in museums, festivals, education and cultural diplomacy.
He is Artistic Programming Director for the Royal Commission for AlUla, where he is responsible for the creative direction of RCU’s vision for AlUla’s calendar of arts exhibitions, festivals, performances and community engagement. Previously he was Artistic Director of Noor Riyadh, a festival of art and light that featured public artworks at multiple locations in the Saudi capital and ‘Light upon Light’ an acclaimed exhibition of light art from the 1960s. As Culture Programming Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, he oversaw Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi Music and Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, an annual forum for global cultural leaders.
In the UK Sumantro was Managing Director of the London Design Biennale and CEO/Cultural Programme Director at Asia House London, overseeing the Pan-Asia Film Festival and the Festival of Asian Literature. He has worked for a range of cultural institutions including Dubai Culture, Qatar Museums Authority, Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Sotheby’s Institute.
Sumi is a trustee of Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture in London.