Rashmi Dhanwani is the Founder of the Art X Company. She is an independent arts consultant, curator and creative producer, with nearly 10 years of experience working across the media, communications and arts sectors in India. She has worked as a Communications and Community Engagement lead with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai; a Media Manager with Breakthrough, Delhi; correspondent with Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Coordinator for the Kalaghoda Arts Festival and core team member of The Goa Project. In 2013, Rashmi took a sabbatical from her role at the NCPA to explore and analyse the international economic potential of the cultural sector, and pursue a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant in the New York/ India arts exchange with ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, and a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust. In 2017, Rashmi was selected to be one of the 14 Global fellows by International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York.
Sonam Shetty is a Project Manager at the Art X Company. She is a communication and event management specialist. With over a decade of experience across advertising, event management and wedding planning, Sonam brings together the ability to see projects through from conceptualisation to execution. Having worked on advertising campaigns for several international brands, she brings to the table a sound understanding of consumer and market research along with communication development. Sonam is also a passionate studio potter and is currently working on putting together her own line of earthenware.
Dipti Rao is Head - Research at the Art X Company and prefers to work across as many creative disciplines as possible. From festival production to stage management, curation, and programming, she continues to explore the many facets of arts management. Dipti is interested in the impact of the arts, the stories that data tells us, and in anything that helps bring cultures and diverse things together. Dipti has previously been a part of the teams at OML Entertainment and the British Council in Mumbai and The Courtyard and Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore and continues to seek unconventional experiences in the creative industry. She operates out of Bangalore and is the ACRI City Chapter Host.
Padmini Ray Murray (PhD, Edinburgh) is Research Director at the Art X Company. She founded Design Beku (designbeku.in) in 2018, a collective that works towards making design and technology local, decolonial and ethical. While in the UK, Padmini (along with Peggy Hughes & Claire Stewart) founded and ran The Electric Bookshop (www.electricbookshop.org) a very successful quarterly event hosted by New Media Scotland (2010-2014) exploring the future of the written word, creativity and technology. She was a lead researcher for the Consortium for Research into the Arts, and Technology in Scotland, funded by NESTA UK, to understand the potential offered by digital technologies in the creative industries, including theatre, tourism & cultural heritage. Padmini joined the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2015, where she established the first Masters programme in Digital Humanities in India.
Wayne Pinto is a visual artist and Project Coordinator at the Art X Company. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Fine Art Degree in Painting from Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and Craft. During this time, he also interned at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in 2014, working closely with the Museum’s curatorial team. It was this cultural experience that opened his eyes to the fascinating world of museums and led him to join the visual arts industry. Prior to joining the Art X Company, Wayne worked at Space 118 as the Programme Manager.
Graham Devlin is an advisor on international projects at the Art X Company. He is a creative artist, senior arts manager and cultural strategist. He began his career as an opera and stage director and writer until 1999 when he became Deputy Secretary General and Acting Chief Executive of the Arts Council of England. He ran the successful new writing and music-theatre company, Major Road, for over 20 years whilst also working in dance and opera, directing and writing freelance for, amongst others, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Sydney Opera House, the Aldeburgh Festival and several regional theatres. Overall, he has directed more than 90 theatre shows. He was appointed CBE in the 2010 New Year’s honours list.
He has served on numerous Arts Council and Government committees and worked for many public agencies, including all four UK Arts Councils, a number of government departments in England, Scotland and Wales and local authorities such as London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has undertaken strategic reviews and planning for Birmingham, Coventry, Derby. Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Liverpool as well as the British Council. He is currently developing the cultural strategy for the development of Canada Water.
His other clients in the UK include The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, the LSO, Tate, V&A, The Science Museum, the National Theatres of Scotland and Wales and many other theatre, music and dance organisations. He is well networked internationally, having worked (on occasion in partnership with PWC, KPMG and Deloitte) with clients in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, India, Hong Kong. and across Europe. He has also lectured extensively and has authored or co-authored a number of publications, some of which are on the syllabi of University courses.