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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Nima Poovaya-Smith

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith is the founder of cultural agency Alchemy. She joined the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in 2016.

Founded ten years ago, Alchemy connects people through the arts by challenging perceptions, opening doors to new ideas and ways of thinking through shared cultural experiences.

Nima Poovaya-Smith has written and curated on a wide range of subjects including contemporary art, Indian jewellery and textiles. Examples include Loretta Braganza: Clay Journeys (2015) and Silk: Bradford and the Subcontinent (2012). Nima has developed the concept of ‘confluence’ to explore the accounts of diasporic communities today as a way of engaging with postcolonial histories and the lived complexity of inter-cultural and trans-local flows of people, fictions, artistic practice and ideas.

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