EXCHANGE is a thoughtful and engaged virtual live programme that responds to each exhibition from movement classes, food events, panel discussions and concerts.

Each event is unique, inter-disciplinary and led by AORA’s Community composed of innovative experts in their respective fields: Jordan Ashley – Movement; Imogen Kwok – Food; Stephen Upshaw – Music.

These events bring together AORA members and are available through subscription.
2ND DEC 1pm GMT / 6pm PST

Explore food designer Imogen Kwok’s response to ‘This Leprous Brightness’ (2019) by exhibiting artist Imran Qureshi.



We invite you to join an in conversation and culinary exchange exploring the various elements within Imran’s and Imogen’s contemplative response.
16th October
Press
AORA included in a special piece by the Curator Mag on ‘The Art of Healing through Virtual Reality’.
Press
6-9 October
News
AORA pop up held at Sook Spaces on South Molton Street during Frieze Week, with a series of live discussions, product launch and interactive video exhibition.
News
2nd October
News
AORA launched its online shop alongside Exhibition II which can now be explored in the Space.
News
14th September
Press
AORA has been included in the Autumn issue of OnOffice Magazine. ‘A New World’ looks at disruptors exploring the potential of digital mediums and the evolving trends shaping the design, art and architecture industry.
Press
27th August
Event
We rounded off exhibition I with AORAI:Forum, a round the table discussion between the co-founders, AORA’s community and contributing artists including Adia Wahid, Gerhard Marx and Gabriela Giroletti.
Event
1st July
Press
AORA included in the Modern House’s Culture Journal for July, listing us alongside the likes of Tate Kids, Hamilton and Yinka Shonibare.
Press
1st July
Interview
Interview with AORA co-founder Jenn Ellis featured by Made in Bed Magazine, a publication run by students at Sotherby’s Institute of Art.
Interview
17th June
Introduction
Co-founders Benni Allan and Jenn Ellis present tour of AORA:I, introducing the story behind the virtual space and the artists exhibited.
Introduction
15th June
AORA Launch
We would like to use this opportunity to thank all of our network of collaborators, artists and allies in their generous support of this project.
AORA Launch
Name
Organisation
Role
Jenn Ellis
AORA, Apsara Studio
Founder
Jenn Ellis is the co-founder of AORA. Jenn is an independent curator, speaker and patron led by the belief that art is one of the most empathetic yet critical mediums by which to communicate about topics. Over the last decade, from Geneva to London to Hong Kong, Jenn has built innovative businesses, projects and connections across the public and private sector, from Yorkshire Sculpture Park to Hayward Gallery. With a passion for entrepreneurship and solution-finding, Jenn has launched Young Collectors Collective, creative agency Apsara Studio, YouTube channel Art Bites and podcast Between Two Curators. Jenn lectures at various institutions including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, collects contemporary art, mentors, 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 Allan is the co-founder of AORA. He is also an architect, designer and educator practicing between architecture and the visual arts, with a strong ambition for socially driven and experimental projects. Over the years he has developed a particular interest in an open-ended architecture. He has experience of this with projects ranging from buildings and pavilions through to light installations and exhibition design, with realised commissions in the arts, fashion, education and residential sectors.
Inji Kim
AORA
Curatorial Assistant
Inji is a Turkish born Korean emerging arts professional who is passionate about contributing to the ever-expanding field of visual arts. Prior to joining AORA, she held positions at art institutions in Washington D.C., Seoul, Istanbul, and New York, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Across these institutions, she has worked in diverse sectors ranging from education to finance to curatorial. She graduated from Drew University with a double degree in Economics and specialised honours in Art History by successfully writing and defending her thesis “Art Experience in the Digital Age: Augmented Reality as a Medium.” Following graduation, she is completing coursework at Sotheby’s Institute in London to fulfill her requirements to finish her M.A. in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University.
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.