"Craft has shown its power over the pandemic – it has provided comfort, connection and a source of wellbeing for millions. We are thrilled to have Sumitra start in a role that will respond to the public’s growing appetite for craft – fuelled by them making themselves and seeing brilliant ambassadors for craft such as the Olympic diver and (very skilled) knitter and crocheter Tom Daley. This role will connect and collaborate to create inspiring exhibitions and events that resonate with all our existing and emerging audiences across the UK." Rosy Greenlees, executive director, Crafts Council
Formerly senior curator of public programmes at the Design Museum, Sumitra was responsible for leading an interdisciplinary programme of events, residencies and temporary projects. In 2019 she was appointed curator of programmes for the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial and prior to that was associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London, and is on the board of trustees at Cubitt, the artist-run gallery and cooperative.