Dr Malika Kraamer curates arts exhibitions and cultural displays in museums and heritage organisations, provides project management, curatorial and conceptual advice, and co-curating experience with communities of identities, experience and practice to artists, museums, heritage institutions and creative industries. She teaches critical contextual studies to higher education arts, fashion and textile students and conducts research on arts, textiles and fashions in global perspectives and with routes or roots in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Pacific.


She also lectures in African and African-heritage Art, Fashion and Textiles; Anthropology of Art; and South Asian, African and Caribbean art & fashions in global perspectives (as independent lecturer; at the University of Leeds, School of Fine Arts, History of Arts and Cultural Studies; and at De Montfort University, Leicester, School of Humanities).

Academic Qualifications                                                                                                                        

  • 2005 African Art and Culture with studentship AHRC, and fellowship SOAS and Prince Bernhard, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • 1996 ‘Doctoral Degree’ (equivalent MA, title Drs.) in Culture and the Arts, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 1st class summa cum laude
  • 1990 ‘Propaedeuse’, Design Academy, Eindhoven

Professional Training and Courses (selection)                                                                                      

While working for Leicester Arts and Museums Service (Leicester City Council), she has undertaken a variety of training courses to develop my (curatorial) professional development such as identification and collections care, curating for the future, engaging curatorial workshops, copyright and digitisation, working with young people in museums, writing for the public, negotiating and influencing skills and revisiting collections.


  • Since 2007 Curator of World Cultures, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service (Leicester City Council). Main recent exhibitions:
    • Leicester’s Global Artist Object Journey (forthcoming 2017/2018)
    • Splendour of the Subcontinent: the Prince of Wales Tour 1875-76 (additional interpretation for the Royal Collections Touring Exhibition) (forthcoming 2017)
    • Leicester Perspectives on Gujarat/India’s Gateway (2015/16)
    • Suits and Saris (2012)
  • Since 2013 Part-Time Lecturer Design Cultures and Honorary Visiting Research Associate (since 2011), School of Design, De Montfort University
  • 2015-2016 University Teacher, School of The Arts, Loughborough University
  • 2013-2014 Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (from September to December 2013)
  • 2006-2007 Heritage Education Officer, Cultureel Erfgoed Noord-Holland [Cultural Heritage North Holland], The Netherlands

Consultancy and Teaching                                                                                                                     

Since 2012     She provides cultural services, including project and budget management, research, curatorial work in all aspects, development of multimedia and digital content, and cultural outreach for a variety of cultural organisations. Current and most recent projects: Joe Orton (in collaboration with SoftTouch Arts); lecturer on the V&A Textiles: Ancient to Modern course; re-display Oceanic collections Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

She teaches Dutch from beginners to advanced learners (individual and group private tuition; and the University of Leicester, Languages at Leicester, School of Modern Languages).