Sunitha Janamohanan


Sunitha Janamohanan

Lecturer, Arts Management
  • MA Arts Administration, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • BA Communications, University of Amherst, MA, USA

Sunitha has been working in the arts since 1999, with a portfolio that extends across a range of art forms and creative industries, from visual and performing arts to literature and film, design, animation, music and heritage.

She has been a curator in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, arts manager and head of programmes for the British Council Malaysia, Education and Outreach Manager for George Town World Heritage Inc., and most recently Manager of a multipurpose art space called MAPKL in Kuala Lumpur.

She is an associate with creative economy consultancy Andrew Senior Associates Ltd. and has worked freelance as a producer, curator, researcher and project manager. In addition to artists, Sunitha has worked with multiple stakeholders, including government agencies, ministries, private corporations and NGOs.

In October 2011, she was invited as a representative to the Experts Meeting for UNESCO Asia-Pacific for the ratification of the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expression.

Professional Practice/Research Output
  • 2015: Manager of MAPKL, conceptualised and led a programme of arts and social activism titled ArtAct!, of which a component is an anchor exhibition, Picturing Change: Visual Culture and the Art of Advocacy, that was co-presented with the Malaysia Design Archive
  • 2014: Co-curator of the exhibition The Good Malaysian Woman: Ethnicity, Religion, Politics, jointly presented by Interpr8 Arts Space and women’s advocacy group, the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  • 2013–2014: Researcher and writer for the project Community-based Arts & Culture Workers: A Research and Documentation Project, by Penang-based NGO Arts-ED
  • 2013–2014: Co-producer and Project Manager, 2-minutes solos, performance project by Five Arts Centre
  • 2012–2013: Education and Outreach Manager for Georgetown World Heritage Inc., oversaw projects for the inventorising of intangible cultural heritage with the Penang Heritage Trust; the development of oral history documentation practices; workshops for heritage management and conservation training; and promotions and coordination for the Heritage Celebrations of George Town Festival
Research Interests
  • The intersections of art and social purpose, the traditional and contemporary
  • The presentation of art in non-traditional spaces
  • Implementation of policy and strategies for the arts in urban rejuvenation and city branding