Sally Lai is a curator and currently a fellow on Clore Leadership Programme. She has an MA in curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Until recently, Sally was curator at Chinese Arts Centre, UKs centre for the promotion of contemporary Chinese visual arts where she was responsible for devising and running of the organisations artistic programme. Amongst the curated exhibitions were Happy and Glorious, a solo exhibition by JJ Xi and Cai Yuan, (Mad for Real),Re-fashion, a fashion based exhibition which featured designers Julian and Sophie, Justin Oh and Maria Chen Pascual, Whodunnit?, a murder mystery video piece by Ming Wong.
Her previous experience includes working as a Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council, London, curator of contemporary Asian art in Hong Kong and curator of freelance projects. She has given talks and lectures at the National Portrait Gallery, Photographers Gallery, FACT, MMU, the Fashion Curation course at London College of Fashion, and presented papers at conferences at University of Westminster and Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver.
Her advisory roles include acting as a Specialist Advisor to the Visual Arts Department of the Scottish Arts Council, a member of the Cultural Diversity Advisory Group Manchester, a nominator for the 2003 Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, a member of the Think Tank for Freeness: a music project by Chris Ofili.