About Us

LUVA is an artist run gallery, experiment, and social hub. Open for just one day a month and situated in a lock up garage on the Approach council estate in East London, LUVA is dedicated to exhibiting diverse contemporary UK artists.

Founded and co-run by Jordan McKenzie and students from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, LUVA asks critical questions about the contexts contemporary art sits within, its relationship to the geographical / economic / social and cultural space (the estate) that it occupies and how cultural institutions can have meaningful dialogues with both local and non-local audiences.

LUVA is committed to providing material support to the community it is based within. We’re teaming up with the First Love Foundation who give food, support and advice to local people in crisis.

Each person is given an emergency donation of food (enough for 3 days) and the help they need to resolve their crisis and all food is donated to them by the community – schools, churches, individuals, businesses and at supermarket collections.

Each event we host will hold a collection for the First Love Foundation and we hope and urge our visitors to bring donations.

Our Team

Jordan

Jordan McKenzie

Founder

info@jordanmckenzie.co.uk

Bea

Bea Taylor Searle

Co-Founder & Programme Manager

Hey, I'm Bea! Trying to make things happen creatively.

bats1996@gmail.com

Naz

Naz Smouna

Social Media Manager

Howdie Naz here! - Attempting to ride this digital wave.

naz.smouna@gmail.com

Fran

Fran Hayes

Exhibitions assistant & Web developer

hiya it’s Fran! a combination of hard-boiled eggs, sweet n sour futures and solar powered porridge

fran.hayes55@gmail.com

Lydia

Lydia Poole

Programme Assistant

Ey up its Lydia! Bringing the print to the people and the people to the print

l.poole0720181@arts.ac.uk

Lola

Lola Delourme

Social Media Assistant

I’m a multimedia artist who’s work focuses on materials and composition, turning the 3D into 2D.

loladarts1@gmail.com

Ellie

Ellie McManus

Gallery Assistant

Making my way through this rigmarole- and looking & talking about what other people make.

ellierosemcmanus@gmail.com

Meg

Meg Ganonsky

Documentation and Archive Intern

Hi, I’m Meg! My practice utilises different mediums such as photography, text and sculpture.

megganonsky@gmail.com

Yoke

Yoke Collective

Programme Assistant

Yoke Collective - Juggling many hats and collaborations

Campbell

Campbell Mcconnell

Programme Assistant

Zoe

Zoe Horne

Exhibition Assistant

zoe.horne@outlook.com

Lenart

Lenart Kirbis

Gallery Technician

lmkirbis@gmail.com

The Legacy Team:

Dougie Chalmers, Charlie Ford, Lily Hudson, Francesco Oneto, Eleni Zachariou