Episode 58: Sophia Cai

Leya Reid chats to curator and arts writer Sophia Cai about community-based practice, cultural safety, creative nourishment, and the importance of joy in our work.

Photo of woman with shoulder length straight black hair and fringe, wearing striped black and white long-sleeve shirt, black skirt, black framed glasses and white beaded necklace sitting on a couch with one hand resting gently on her white greyhound.

Portrait of Sophia Cai and Rosie. Photo by Pia Johnson, 2017.

Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based Birraranga/Narrm (Melbourne, Australia). She is particularly interested in Asian art history, the intersection between contemporary art and craft, as well as feminist methodologies and community-based practices.

Recent curatorial projects include Zero O’Clock, CoVA Feminism and Intersectionality at Assembly Point, The Four Letter WordArtbank, Sydney and For Love or MoneyTown Hall Gallery, Melbourne. In 2019 she was featured as one of the ‘Tastemakers’ in Art Collector Magazine. She is currently working towards Disobedient Daughters, an exhibition and publication project to be presented at Counihan Gallery, Melbourne in 2021. 

Sophia’s writing has appeared in Art Guide, Artist Profile, Art Almanac, Peril Magazine, Liminal Magazine, ArtsHub, and the Canberra Times.

As a public programmer, Sophia is passionate about community building and working collaboratively with her peers. She is the co-founder of Open Curators’ Network - a peer-to-peer digital network for emerging and independent curators and the founder of MAFAP – Melbourne Artists and Friends of Asian Persuasion.

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