Janice Li is a London-based curator and researcher of design, fashion and material culture, with particular interests in the crossing over of art, design and science, as well as their relations with inclusivity and sustainability. She also engages in projects concerning identity (gender, body and ethnic) and decolonisation. An alumna of the Royal College of Art, she has curated design exhibitions at Venice Design, Salone del Mobile, MoMA Biodesign, Vienna Design Week and the 24th edition of the RCA Secret, while being a consultant for the Science Museum (London). She is now Assistant Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum and was part of the exhibition, Fashioned from Nature.

Janice's passion lies within the city — the space, the people, and the ‘things’ they wear and use — particularly in a crossmodal and transcultural context. She is curious about how sensory experiences in a designed environment and immersive art forms contribute to the understanding of intangible data and knowledge.

With a rare combination of background in museums, history and life sciences, she endeavours to push discourse forward through an interdisciplinary approach: to explore multisensory experience design within exhibitions as a public-facing expression of critical research.

 

EXPERIENCE

Independent Curator and Researcher — 2016 – Present

Assistant Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum; London, United Kingdom — 2019 – Present

Cataloguer and Researcher at Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum; London, United Kingdom — 2017 – Present

Exhibition Research Assistant for Fashioned From Nature, Victoria & Albert Museum; London, United Kingdom — 2017 – 2018

Freelance Research Assistant, Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute; Massachusetts, United States — 2017

Exhibitions Officer (Acting Assistant Curator), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; Vancouver, Canada — 2016

Gallery Coordinator, Art Works Gallery; Vancouver, Canada — 2016

Curatorial Assistant, Richmond Museum & Heritage Services; Richmond, Canada — 2015–2016

Research Assistant to Canada Research Chair, Prof Carla Nappi; Vancouver, Canada — 2014–2015

Collections Assistant, Museum of Vancouver; Vancouver, Canada — 2013—2014


EDUCATION

Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom — M.A. History of Design, 2018

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada — B.A. History, 2015

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada — Nutritional Science, 2013


EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curator, Provoke, Unlearn, Change: Designing Perspectives at Palazzo Michele, Venice Design, Venice, May - November 2019

Curator, Keepsakes at Galleria Maroncelli 12, Milan Design Week, Milan, April 2019

Curator, RCA Secret 2018 at Royal College of Art, London, November 2018

Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch, October 2018

Exhibition Research Assistant, Fashioned from Nature at Victoria & Albert Museum, London, April 2018 - January 2019

Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Arts & Crafts Fair / Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, November 2017

Installation Food Symphony at Hello Tomorrow Summit at CentQuatre, Paris, October 2017

Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Vienna Design Week, Vienna, September-October 2017

Installation Food Symphony at ff Food Futures - BioDesign Challenge, London, June 2017

Installation Race in Space at A Toolkit for Provocative Practice, Hockney Gallery, London, February 2017

Assistant Curator, Small is Beautiful at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, September - Novumber 2016

Assistant Curator, Eastern Echoes at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, July - August 2016

Curator, Where in the World is Richmond? at Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, August 2015 - February 2016


CONFERENCE PAPERS

"Cultural Cross-Dressing and the City: Fashion and Photographs of Elite Chinese Women in London 1917-1935.” Fashion, Costume and Visual Culture Annual Conference, Zagreb University, July 2017.

"From Great Exhibition to Department Stores: A Victorian Spectacle of Commodified Social Lives.” British Association of Victorian Studies’ Annual Conference, Cardiff University, September 2016.

"Weapons Aestheticized and Commodified: Display in the Great Exhibition.” International Sports and Leisure History Colloquium, Manchester Metropolitan University, February 2016.

"The Victorian Spectacle and the Metropolitan Mind – Commodified and Panoptic.” British Society of Sports History South Winter 2015 Workshop, University of Chichester, December 2015.

"From Great Exhibition to Department Stores: A Victorian Spectacle of Commodities and Social Lives.”  AUS Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, University of British Columbia, January 2015.


SCHOLARSHIP

 

Anthony Gardner Memorial Fund, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2017

President’s Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2009


PUBLICATIONS

“Contested Bodies: The Blue Cheongsam British Missionary School Uniform In Colonial Hong Kong”, LooseLeaf Magazine 6 (2018), 37-45.

“From Great Exhibition to Department Stores: A Victorian Spectacle of Commodities and Social Lives”, UBC Atlas: Undergraduate Journal of World History 10 (2015), 41-62.