AORA is the space for your senses, offering an opportunity to escape to our virtual gallery, discover and buy artwork, shop design and wellness products as well as join our members community.

At the heart of AORA is our virtual gallery that allows for the curated meeting of art, architecture, music and more in a digitally native, architect-built environment.

AORA encourages discovery whilst pioneering a culture of care.
Exhibition V
AORA V Launching Mid November on the theme of ‘nature/nurture’.

We will soon be announcing the results of our Open Call.
Exhibition V
Hannah Murgatroyd
Gary-Ross Pastrana
Mit Jai Inn
Akiko Ueda
Michael & Chiyan Ho
Augusta Lardy
Anusheh Zia
Zach Zono
Adam Boyd
Ryan Orme
Januario Jano
Diane Chappalley
Ana Maria Lima Dimitrijevic
Gabriel Orozco
James Wilkie
Shiraz Bayjoo
Lise Bouissière
Benjamin Deakin
Lydia Hamblet
Artists & Galleries
A – D
ALMA ZEVI
ANIMA MUNDI
NIDHI AGARWAL
ELLIE ANTONIOU
SHANE ASPEGREN
SINEAD BRESLIN
SHIVA LYNN BURGOS
STEPHANIE BURT
JANE BUSTIN
EMANUEL CARVALHO
CASTOR GALLERY
GENEVIEVE CHUA
COPPERFIELD
MARK CORFIELD-MOORE
NICOLE COSON
CULT AIMEE FRIBERG
DAVID AARON
DE SARTHE
MARGAUX DERHY
LUCAS DUPUY

E – L
EDEL ASSANTI
EDOUARD MALINGUE GALLERY
MANDY EL-SAYEGH
GALERIST
GOODMAN GALLERY
NOÉMIE GOUDAL
THE GROWING COLLECTIVE
FAISAL HABIBI
GABRIEL HARTLEY
BEATRICE HASSELL-MCCOSH
HAROUN HAYWARD
HENRY HUSSEY
INDIGO + MADDER
INEMA ARTS CENTRE
ALFREDO JAAR
YIFAN JIANG
KATE MACGARRY
RAHEEL KHAN
KRISTIAN KRAGELUND
NURI KUZUCAN
JAMES LAYTON
LEHMANN MAUPIN
ANDREW LUK

M – N
IAN MALHOTRA
EMMA-KATE MATTHEWS
ZOE MARDEN
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY
GERHARD MARX
DASHIELL MANLEY
JACK MCCONVILLE
PETER MCDONALD
BEN MCDONNELL
HELEN MCCUSKER
SHAYNA MILLER
GALERIA MILLAN
ALEXANDER MILLS
MODERN ART
THE MODERN INSTITUTE
ADELINE DE MONSEIGNAT
KATY MORAN
NICO MUHLY
DAVID MURPHY
AMY NATHAN
NATURE MORTE
DAWN NG
SAM NHLENGETHWA
INNOCENT NKURUNZIZA

O – Z
HENRIQUE OLIVEIRA
JINYONG PARK
PRINCESS PEA
RADE PETRASEVIC
OREN PINHASSI
IMRAN QURESHI
MONA RAI
ROH PROJECTS
AMBA SAYAL-BENNETT
SEVENTEEN
SILVERLENS
STPI GALLERY
SULLIVAN+STRUMPF
SHAAN SYED
RAFAL TOPOLEWSKI
SU-MEI TSE
STEPHEN UPSHAW
JOÃO VASCO PAIVA
ADIA WAHID
JANE & LOUISE WILSON
MAK YING TUNG 2
YEO WORKSHOP
303 GALLERY
Artists & Galleries
Participate
We believe strongly in promoting emerging artists and are non-hierarchal in our approach to curation and exhibitions. We hold open calls for each edition and welcome submissions when open. We also invite galleries and artists that share in our vision and ethos directly.


Participate
Name
Organisation
Role
Jenn Ellis
AORA, APSARA Studio
Founder
Jenn is a curator, patron and founder. From London to Hong Kong, she has launched projects and businesses including creative agency APSARA Studio, non-profit Young Collectors Collective, YouTube channel Art Bites and podcast Between Two Curators. Jenn guest lectures at Sotheby’s Institute, collects contemporary art, and sits on the committees of Chisenhale Gallery and Artangel. In 2018 Jenn was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Benni Allan
AORA, EBBA Architects
Founder
Benni is an architect, designer, maker and educator. He is the founder of EBBA Architects, a forward-thinking, experimental practice that has attracted international attention since he graduated from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, earning him the award of ‘One to Watch’ from the British Design Council in 2015 and later the RIBA-J’s Rising Stars Award 2019.
James Ambrose
AORA, émergent magazine
Artist & Gallery Liaison
James Ambrose is AORA’s Gallery & Artist liaison. He is an arts writer, curator, the digital editor of émergent magazine, and part of APSARA Studio. With a previous professional background in managing Technology projects, James now seeks to fuse his love and passion for art with technology to promote and support its cultural values. He has interviewed artists and worked with galleries across the spectrum of emerging talent to established blue-chip names. He writing has been published in various titles including Soft Punk Magazine and Objection.
Sophia Olver
AORA, OHSH Projects
Communications
Sophia Olver is AORA’s Communications Manager. She holds a a B.A. and M.A. in History and Philosophy of Art and a diploma in Graphic Design. She has worked for the Insitute of Contemporary Art, London Art Fair and was an integral member of the gallery and communication teams at Colart for five years. Her graphic design practice focusses on arts-based projects and bespoke, creative solutions for branding. Sophia also recently co-founded OHSH Projects – a nomadic project space that utilises meanwhile spaces in Central London.
Michael King
AORA
Partnerships
Michael is the Founder of Quantum Mass. Starting as a collector in the 90s, his interest in art began with a focus on the YBA’s and contemporary photography. His commitment to encouraging and working alongside emerging artists has enabled him to be part of the art market from conception through to sales and commissions. He has provided a range of aid to artists, such as supporting Chris Ofili’s Southampton City Art Gallery museum publication (1998). For more than 20 years, he has pursued a passion in the Contemporary Art World and developed an international network of artists, galleries, collectors, auction houses and museum curators. Michael specialises in: art advisory services for Quorus (Zurich / Moscow), private art sales, project consulting for Shanghai Art Educational Institute, facilitating museum loans from private collections, and networking artists with galleries, private institutions and private collectors. He is also a trustee & supporter of several artists & art institutions, including Serpentine Gallery, V&A Museum, the Tate, and Contemporary Art Society.
Inji Kim
AORA
Curatorial Assistant
Inji kim is AORA’s Curatorial Assistant. Inji’s academic and professional career investigates ways in which art implements the harmony between people and matter. She has held internship positions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Georgetown University Art Galleries, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Pera Museum. She earned her M.A. in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University and will begin her Ph.D. studies in Fall.
Nicholas Pittom
Fire Panda
Interactive Gallery
Nick Pittom has worked as a freelancer for 10 years on Video, Animation, VFX and CG for a diverse range of Film, TV, Games and Marketing outlets. Over the years he has directed numerous music videos and In 2012 Nick wrote and directed his first short film, ‘PROTO’, which he also edited and produced many of the VFX on. In 2013 Nick purchased an Oculus Rift development kit producing a series of VR demos, including the Spirited Away Boiler Room and My Neighbour Totoro Bus Stop Scene. In 2014 he set up Fire Panda LTD to pursue his VR work and is currently working on VR experiences, including an adventure game called Echo Red. He currently lives in Suffolk, UK, with his family.
Eduardo Rodriguez
oddberries
Web Developer
Ioana Lupascu
Artist
Cover Artwork
Ioana Lupascu (RO) is a multifaceted designer based in Rotterdam. Her practice lives at the intersection of graphic form, the poetics of space and methods of production. Her clients include Walala Studio, London Design Fair, Praline Studio. Interested in the body as material and emergent play as intimacy enabler, she is participating in a long-term research on migrant labour and cohabitation in the contemporary rural with Seasonal Neighbours. Ioana is a trainee at ‘European School for Urban Games: Trust in Play’, member of Time Window Collective and future DAI alumni pursuing a second masters in Art Praxis.

ABOUT THE PIECE

The foundation of the drawing is a film photo of a slab of marble. One end is broken revealing a landscape of textures, moss grows on the brick wall behind it. The piece takes reference to the colour and the feeling of reminiscence. As I blur and abstract the image, the memory of the place faded into something new, alive.
Jordan Ashley
Community
Movement
While embracing New York City’s fast-paced and driven yoga culture, Jordan Ashley recognized a need for service-based yoga; a need for experiences which give perspective to the self through selflessness. Feeling extremely blessed to not only be given the opportunity for education, but to have a voice in society, she felt it was imperative to raise both awareness and funds for girls all over the planet who are denied such essential human rights. She launched Souljourn Yoga in 2016, a US 501(c)3 non-profit inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service. Souljourn Yoga creates opportunities to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat by offering a spectrum of workshops, teacher immersions, and global retreats to continue to promote female empowerment and education in communities where equal opportunities aren’t always readily available.

Jordan has been featured in Forbes, Yoga Journal, Medium, Women’s Health UK, Marie Claire UK, and is a Tedx Speaker whose life mission is to take the practice out of the studio and around the world to support women’s empowerment.
Stephen Upshaw
Community
Music
Since making his concerto debut at seventeen, American violist Stephen Upshaw has won several competitions and played in festivals around the world including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, IMS Prussia Cove, Lucerne, Brighton, Huddersfield, Aix-en-Provence, Wien Modern, Donaueschingen and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. Much in demand as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Solem Quartet and has also shared the stage with artists such as Tai Murray, Gary Hoffman, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Philippe Graffin, Jennifer Stumm and Garth Knox. Recent recital and chamber music engagements have taken him to Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Tokyo Opera City, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

A noted interpreter of contemporary music, Stephen is also a member of London’s Riot Ensemble whose recent disc ‘Speak Be Silent’ was selected as one of New Yorker Magazine’s ‘Best Recordings of 2019’. He has worked closely with many of today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Julian Anderson, George Benjamin and Helmut Lachenmann. Expanding the repertoire of the viola through the commissioning of new music has always been a feature of Stephen’s work. He has taken part in over 300 world premieres including those of Georg Haas, Sally Beamish (alongside the composer) Mark Simpson and Michael Finnissy, the latter two having both composed solo pieces for Stephen.

Additionally, Stephen has a strong interest in synthesizing music with other fields and has helped realize collaborative projects with the Boston Architectural College, Transport Theatre Company, Rambert Dance Company and Parasol Unit Art Space. He was also the artistic director of “Sounding Motion” – a company exploring the relationship between live contemporary chamber music and dance. Recognized for his work in this area, Stephen was recently invited to give presentations at the New England Conservatory, University of Sussex and Auburn University on the topics of contemporary music, entrepreneurial musicianship and interdisciplinary collaboration and has also given masterclasses and lead seminars at Trinity Laban.
Imogen Kwok
Community
Food
Imogen uses food as a raw material for art and cultural commentary. She creates culinary experiences such as interactive dinners, edible installations and multi-sensory workshops. Through unique collaborations, her work brings together food and design to alter our traditional associations with eating. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews and a Grand Diplome from The French Culinary Institute.
Background
Art, architecture and music have proven health benefits from alleviating pain, increasing relaxation, and shortening recovery periods. AORA brings these benefits together and provides a platform, accessible to all, that through the curated meeting of the three, nourishes every individual.

AORA is founded by Jenn Ellis (curator, speaker, patron) and Benni Allan (founding director, EBBA Architects). Bringing together their passions, it seeks to build in the virtual world with soul.

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