As well as being co-founder of Leading Culture Destinations and the LCD Awards, Bakul is a curator and creative producer and consults on cultural innovation, with over fifteen years of experience working in the various culture, media and entertainment disciplines from music, television and film, to art, design and architecture. She works independently with arts institutions, individual artists and galleries, arts festivals, charities and brands who have an interest in working within and supporting creativity. Bakul has with a number of young and established artists, designers and architects including Marcos Lutyens, Ruairi Glynn, Giles Price Margaret Harrison and Sebastian Salgado, creating installations and exhibitions that range from pop-ups in disused stores to major show in established institutions such as Somerset House. Past and current clients include BAFTA, Sky, WWF, Absolut UK, Royal Salute and Pernod Ricard’s Breakthrough Innovation Group.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
There’s no way I could pin it down to one piece, but I suppose if I could have my portrait painted it would have to have been by Lucie Freud. He was such a master. I’d love to be somehow a small part of a piece of Margaret Harrison’s work. She was a massively important part of the marxist feminist movement in the early 70s and is still such a political and artistic force. And right now - I’d love to be part of Eddie Peake’s solo installation ‘Forever Loop’ in the Barbican’s Curve space. It’s so energising and uplifting and just makes you want to rip off your clothes and join in with the naked dancers who seem so empowered.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
My parents for the sheer energy and productivity, my friends and the artists I’m lucky enough to work with. It’s their creativity and the collaborative process that find so inspiring. And in general people who have the courage to stand up for what they believe is right - whether they be artists, writers or activists.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
There are so many countries I’d still like to explore and the cultural institutions and collectives that each have their own stories and characteristics associated with those places. There are many artists I’d love to work with and I hope to be able to keep collaborating with talented creative talents, both emerging and established, to create new and unexpected work. Of course I want to see Leading Culture Destination and our LCD Awards grow to be truly globally recognised at the place one goes to, to be able to celebrate, appreciate and make the most of the huge number of amazing museums and galleries in the world.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
London is top of my list, not least because it’s where I call home (for now) and I really believe Samuel Johnson was right when he said ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’ - the city just has smooch to offer culturally. Having said that I feel London’s at risk of losing it’s creative lead as young artists, architects and designers are being priced out of the city and looking for alternatives such as Berlin - another amazing cultural city - in the same way many creatives are quitting New York for Detroit. Both of which are up there as favourites for me. Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai… I could keep going (and I hope I get to!), but in the end it’s London that always pull me back and after a period of travelling, there’s nothing like a walk along the Southbank to warm the heart.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
There’s LCD and the LCD Awards of course and I’m working with a number of artists to develop some large-scale installation pieces for 2016. Watch This Space…