Mara Alves: Portuguese curator wants to ‘deliver a message’ through art

“I want to always try to pass some message through my art.”

When Mara Alves was a child, her mum gave her a book about the legendary Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The collection of Dali’s work inspired Mara to pursue a career in the world of arts. Since then, she has tried everything from ceramics and pottery, to drawing and painting.

Originally from Lisbon, Mara describes London as the “centre of the art world” – and that’s why she decided to leave the comfort of her hometown to embark on a new venture in the English capital, where she has now lived for two years.

Currently, she works as an art curator at the Contemporary Gallery in Mayfair, one of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. As part of her job, she has been involved in a handful of projects, including PortugArt. Through this initiative, Mara gave 20 Portuguese artists the opportunity to travel to London and exhibit their work.

The artist, who has also worked on a project to raise awareness of LGBT+issues, believes that all forms of art should carry a “strong message”. 

“That’s what really drives me, to be able to do something that can leave a statement.”

When asked in which art gallery she would like to exhibit her work in the future, Mara couldn’t come up with an answer. “I have no idea. Because I want them all,” she laughed. 

You can find out more about Mara’s work by visiting her website or following her on Twitter


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