Sejul Malde

My role: As Research Manager I am responsible for driving Culture24’s research and analysis functions and services. Practically this results in a hugely varied role including undertaking research commissions, analysing and reporting cultural data, facilitating workshops, gathering user requirements and managing a variety of projects. I work on a range of Culture24 projects including Let’s Get Real, Europeana Awareness, Europeana Creative and Connecting Collections.

My background: I trained as a lawyer before seeking to combine my interest in all things legislative with an affinity for numbers, to become a tax consultant. After qualifying, I packed a very small bag and travelled through Latin America from top to tail. On return I took a more project management orientated role, streamlining finance processes supported by technology solutions. Realising that the pursuit of my career and my own interests had become increasingly disjointed, I jumped the corporate ship to apply my skills to the arts and cultural sector. Since then its been a voyage of personal and professional discovery where I’ve managed a variety of arts and heritage projects; completed a Masters degree in Culture, Policy and Management; started a theatre production company and joined the wonderful folks at Culture24. It’s been one hell of a ride!!

My inspiration: I am fascinated about the experience of engaging with an artwork, in particular the ability of such experiences to disrupt conventional forms of understanding and speak to their audience in different ways. I love artistic encounters that are more than the sum of their parts and, through quirkiness or simplicity, challenge my perceptions of the world. I am interested in how we can embrace online technologies in different ways to enhance the value of these cultural experiences.

In my spare time, I love to walk and explore. Living in London there is never a shortage of fascinating places, people and experiences that reveal themselves while on foot. It’s like a living breathing museum. When not being an urban voyeur, you’ll often find me deep in thought on the train somewhere between London and Brighton. If you see me, come say hello.